One of the more curious aspects of Wardley Mapping is Doctrine — what we choose to believe are universally-applicable principles. Doctrine is essentially values-based ideas like putting users first and being open to challenge. Simon Wardley presents his chosen doctrine in his book, and we also have a reference section here on LWM. While Simon’s doctrine is a great place to start, it’s also true that you can begin to discover and choose principles of your own. Just remember that they are principles that you choose, and valid principles are applicable regardless of context.
We’ve seen a few iterations on assessment tools (starting with Justin Stach’s form-based assessment, as well as Tasshin Fogleman’s idea, which eventually became what you see in the LWM doctrine section), and now Chris’s evolution of the idea brings a welcome improvement and helpful step forward in facilitating conversations about doctrine in organizations.
Besides its clean aesthetic, my favorite improvement is the ability to download / upload assessment. This feature could give consultants and organizational leaders a much easier way to run regular assessments/benchmarks and share results.
These improvements to tooling are accompanied by a thought-provoking proposition for 2020 and beyond, which I think could significantly elevate the Wardley Mapping learning experience: People might need Doctrine before they need Maps.
Thanks, Ben!— ☎️ Chris Daniel (@wardleymaps) December 28, 2019
Some time ago, I realised there are people who enter WM space for the sake of strategy, but there is a group that is genuinely interested in running their organisations better. For the latter, they need Doctrine before actual maps.
This idea reflects a bias for pragmatism, which I am extremely excited to see in the Wardley Mapping community. It also opens up a new pathway for applied research inside organizations. Chris has high hopes for what we’ll learn:
In parallel, I'll see what I can do @ LEF to get that approach tested.— ☎️ Chris Daniel (@wardleymaps) December 28, 2019
I hope this is the way to get people into mapping without all the upfront learning.
And my hopes are high as well! Thinking back to the Shook and Schein models of culture change, I wonder what is possible if we focus on what we DO, instead of what we VALUE. Doctrine is an interesting intervention point for organizational efficacy. Only time will tell what new ideas and conversations will emerge.
Awesome! It would be awesome to see some whitepapers written on doctrine-centered interventions. Particularly thinking about doctrine as an intervention in what people DO instead of focusing on "culture" or "values" first. https://t.co/dzyT8dEWML— email@example.com (@HiredThought) December 28, 2019