I would like to use a mind-map like interface to organize data in multiple hierarchies.
So, for example, I’d start out using “FreeMind”:http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page to capture and organize ideas according to one hierarchy, like the type of feature they represent, then I’d switch to a different dimension and organize them according to relative priority & timeframe, then another to organize them by who is responsible for completing the tasks.
Actually, that’s a lie. I don’t really want to use a mind map UI to do all the organization. What I want is to be able to do my first organizational pass using a mind map, then I want to be able to switch into a spreadsheet view to add additional hierarchy information. Then I want to be able to view and perhaps tweak the map in a hierarchy based on the information I entered in tabular view. Most importanly, I want to be able to toggle between all these views, and have the changes I make in one view be reflected in the other.
As an added bonus, it would be cool if I could then easily map all of those dimensions into fields in the “change management system i’m using”:http://trac.edgewall.org/wiki/TracProject. Again, I’d like these changes to propagate bidirectionally with the mindmap and tabular view.
Update: I’m not sure this is exactly what I want. I am sure that I’m not happy with the existing tools for organizing and interacting with task information.