This Spray Diagram, similar to the relationship diagrams, will show how issues are related to each other.
It is a means of structuring information and portraying it so that topics can be easily communicated as well as re-organised.
Its main strength lies in the fact that the information is drawn out in a way that is far more similar to the way our brains actually work than lists are. Their free-flowing nature allows for a far more freer thinking and all-encompassing appraisal of the topic you want to get organized.
Similar to Mind Maps, they differ because of the lack of rules. The basic ideas however are the same: Free-flowing association of ideas, core idea in the middle branching out into possible sub-sections.
For me personally, this diagram type is the one I use the most. I have used it to organize projects, children, shopping lists, personal goal, studies, webpages... The list is endless.
I have also used it to interview people. In preparation, I will end up with a holistic picture of what I would like to know and then, during the interview, to grasp and understand the concepts I have been given.
Of all techniques, I think this is the one I would most suggest to people to adopt. You will never look back.
Here is the basic concept:
Note: Words may be written along the connecting lines, if you wish to highlight another aspect in the diagram, i.e. the name of a person responsible for that sub-topic, geographic area, title of document, customer name, etc.
This is a technique I strongly recommend everyone to learn.
Personally I use it for nearly everything I do.
Do try it! You will love it!