You can use an idea map to brainstorm ideas and develop thoughts. An idea map starts with a main idea or problem in the middle of the screen. You record ideas associated with the main idea in symbols that radiate out from the main idea. The symbols connect to the main idea with links. Subtopics or specific details are then added to those ideas. You let the ideas flow and then step back and look at main themes, patterns or possible solutions.
Idea maps can be used for individual or group brainstorming, planning, problem solving and report writing.
The Blue diagram is an example of an idea map.