It makes sense that MindManager is an integral part of Marian Kocmanek’s workday. After all, Marian works as a senior product manager for MindManager. But it’s not just that Marian does work for MindManager. He also very much works with MindManager. See what MindManagercan do for you.

It’s all a little Inception-esque, or “so meta,” as the kids say, because the person refining the product for consumers is also a consumer. But we think that’s how it should be. 

Would you trust an automobile maker who won’t drive their own car? 

Would you trust a baker who won’t try their own desserts? 

A better way to manage messages and feedback  

By relying heavily on MindManager for both his work and personal tasks on a day-to-day basis, Marian has an unobstructed, 360-degree view of the product and the consumer experience. If something is a barrier for him, it’s sure to be a barrier for others. If a new feature makes his life way easier, it’s likely to do the same for others. 

Of course, Marian and his team also pay close attention to consumer feedback. But when they get that feedback, they can relate to the raves and concerns on a much deeper level.  

And guess how Marian keeps track of consumer feedback, along with the countless other messages he receives daily from various stakeholders, partners, vendors, and colleagues? 

You guessed it. MindManager. 

“I have information coming at me from so many sources that it would be impossible to keep track of it without MindManager,” Marian says. “MindManager helps me capture ideas and messages as they come at me a million miles an hour, and then I can organize them later.” 

Maps for the multi-tasker 

Marian uses MindManager to take notes during meetings. He creates maps to track reminders and discussions and loves that he can hyperlink to a Teams message or a SharePoint repository so no one is saying, “Where is this from?” He includes survey data, escalations, communications,  personal thoughts and reminders—anything he might need to optimize results on a project.  

“MindManager lets me aggregate material and pick up the breadcrumbs,” Marian explains. 

He’s a multi-tasker who says he often has several maps open throughout the day so he can skip around as needed. Every map consolidates all the details for a particular objective, so he can pivot quickly and pick up right where he left off—without getting lost or needing to keep everything organized in his brain. 

“I really could have used [MindManager] in high school,” Marian laughs. “I had so much trouble focusing then—this would have been amazing for me.” Marian thinks that MindManager’s intuitive process drew him to the company in the first place. He joined the company in 2007 and moved to a product management role in 2015. 

During that long tenure, he has become a top expert on the product—yet he finds the most value in its core features, proving that you don’t have to be an expert to reap the benefits of MindManager. For Marian, the tool is about processes and flowcharts, maps and organizing, task and project management, integration with Microsoft Teams, and sharing ideas in real time. (Okay, that’s a lot of core features. But they’re all intuitive!) 

Staying productive in your work and personal life  

MindManager suits Marian’s style of information gathering so well that he has used it for personal tasks, too. He recently used MindManager to plan all the details of a trip to the Philippines with his wife. When taking on a renovation project at home, Marian used MindManager to track every element, including cost, materials, labor, and time. 

Marian is always looking for ways to make MindManager even better. He frequently puts himself in the shoes of current and potential users, asking what frictions might show up and figuring out how to solve them. That’s better for customers and better for Marian, because improvements in MindManager make it easier for Marian to stay organized and productive at work and in his personal life. (And we think it can help you, too!) 

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