Getting Started

Tutorial and Exercises

To get the most of our Compendium's powerful hypertext features for idea and information management, we strongly recommend that you step through the tutorial and associated hands-on exercises, which will introduce the core knowledge you need to get going quickly, grounded in numerous concrete examples:

Instructional Videos

You can view a set of brief Instructional Videos which introduce newcomers to the basics of mapping in Compendium, and illustrate some of the new features which add power and flexibility to Compendium mapping and web exports. You need the Macromedia Flash Player/browser plug-in to view these clips (many browsers have this as standard).

Issue and Dialogue Mapping

Issue Mapping is the process of using Compendium to make critical thinking visible; it is a visual display that integrates ideas, issues, points of view, arguments, evidence and documents in especially complex and 'wicked' problems. When individuals and groups use it, working with wicked problems becomes easier, more manageable and more effective; they get traction in situations that previously were stuck. Issue Mapping is a new and innovative listening, communication and problem solving technique.

Dialogue Mapping adds the component of facilitation to Issue Mapping. It is a technique that uses Compendium, projected on a screen, to help groups make sense of wicked problems and build shared understanding and commitment to decisions and ways to move forward. It fosters collaboration in ways not seen with traditional facilitation.

CogNexus Institute offers a 5-part, virtual Issue Mapping Webinar Series several times per year, as the pre-requisite to its Dialogue Mapping Workshop, offered 1-2 times per year. You can also read more about how Dialogue Mapping works in the book, Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems, by Dr. Jeff Conklin.

Eliciting and Managing Requirements with Compendium Workshop

Using Compendium during the requirements gathering process enables a truly collaborative effort among requirements stakeholders to negotiate collective understanding, capture discussions and options, and share representations of their knowledge digitally. Validated in both small and large scale business projects, Compendium can be used to effectively elicit and document requirements and manage the complex relationships between requirements, providing traceability and maintainability as requirements evolve throughout a project's lifecycle. To learn more about this workshop, please visit the Company Crayon website or contact info@companycrayon.com.

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