I read a very timely post today from Creating Passionate Users. I have been looking for a way to better document both existing projects and product/strategy brainstorming sessions. I have been familiar with the concept of mind mapping, but never really tried to use the technique. Creating Passionate Users linked to some great tools for executing that type of note-taking and brain-dumping. I'm going to try both the free java application called FreeMind and the free trial of MindManager to see if this process works for me.
I'll give feedback once I get into them and welcome thoughts from anyone on the pros/cons to mind mapping as well as alternative techniques.