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Wardley Mapping Facilitation

Wardley Mapping Facilitation

In Wardley Mapping, if you want to go fast, you go alone. But if you want to go far — and build all that good “shared understanding” stuff we hear about — you need friends. You need to map with others!

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Making Bad Meetings Better With Wardley Doctrine

Making Bad Meetings Better With Wardley Doctrine

A lot can (and often does) go wrong in meetings. Plenty of speaking, but no listening. Attention and status games, but no clarity or action. “Why was I invited?” “Will they notice if I leave?” “Oh no, we’re running over time again.” We can make things just a little bit better, with the help of a few simple doctrinal principles from Wardley Mapping.

7 Ways to Fail

7 Ways to Fail

This is the worst guide to Wardley Mapping ever written — a tongue-in-cheek collection of bad advice. In other words, this is everything I would tell someone about Wardley Mapping if I wanted them to fail.

5 Ways to Represent User Needs on a Wardley Map

5 Ways to Represent User Needs on a Wardley Map

Jan Rezac asks: "How should I represent user needs when mapping? Because quite a lot of maps do NOT have user needs clearly stated (even Simon's original teashop map & Canonical map)." Short answer? It depends! Wardley Mapping highlights areas of ignorance —...

Three Ways to Plan

Three Ways to Plan

Jan Rezac asks: “How do I connect scenario planning and Wardley Mapping?” I think people sometimes mean different things when they say scenario planning, so I want to share a few different ways Wardley Mapping might be useful for evaluating alternative situations.

Pragmatic Facilitation

Pragmatic Facilitation

In my time delivering workshops and working with different teams, I’ve found that no two experiences learning Wardley Mapping are alike. There are so many concepts to learn and ways to learn them. And importantly, “Wardley in concept” differs significantly from “Wardley in use.” The messiness of actual mapping work can be quite jarring when compared to the book knowledge.

Nobody Cares About Your Precious Framework

Nobody Cares About Your Precious Framework

I like Wardley Mapping. It’s captured my attention for the last five or so years, and I know I’ve still hardly scratched the surface of what’s possible. As you can imagine, I am overjoyed when other people take interest. Behind my enthusiasm, however, is a blunt pragmatism, informed by years of frustration and mistakes.

Getting Stuck Is Problem #1

Getting Stuck Is Problem #1

Might free form brainstorming of words, with no constraints of current [maps] or questions that might lead the team in certain directions, be beneficial at the start?

A Spectrum of Decision Making 

A Spectrum of Decision Making 

Over the years, I’ve been asked repeatedly to explain what Wardley Mapping is. Since it’s a big practice, with lots of ways to slice and dice it, I like to try out new answers whenever I get the chance.

Do “Objective” Wardley Maps Exist?

Do “Objective” Wardley Maps Exist?

Are there any “objective” Wardley Maps, or is it always “subjective” to the team, time, and place? What should I do to understand where the “objective” position of a component is?

Principles First

Principles First

I've been asking event list members for questions, and Jason Luchtefeld, DMD responded with a suggestion to do a deep dive into Simon Wardley's Doctrine graphic. Since I've been teaching quite a bit about the topic lately, it...

Requisite Perspective

Requisite Perspective

Valerie Freitas asks: In using Wardley mapping, are there guidelines in thinking about who you have at the table to begin these discussions?   Designing/cultivating the kind of input you receive by selecting who is part of your discussion group or...

Hollow Practices and Evolution

Hollow Practices and Evolution

Rahul Baji writes: Do you think that when practices are commoditized, they lose the essence of the practice? I see it in Agile practices where in certifying bodies like Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org have made Scrum popular to the extent of calling it commoditized....

Wardley Mapping Fake News

Wardley Mapping Fake News

On March 5th, we attended an online workshop to get some hands-on practice with Wardley Mapping. The topic of the day was Disinformation, and our group focused on mapping how to recognize fake news — truth or not, technological fakes, deep fakes, videos, pictures, and all kinds of things that come to mind when we hear that phrase…

The Value of Doctrine

The Value of Doctrine

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...

Mapping Power: An Introduction to Burja Mapping

Mapping Power: An Introduction to Burja Mapping

Once you have a strategy, you need to get your team on board. Who can help you implement your strategy? Who might be an obstacle, or enemy? Samo Burja’s Empire Theory provides a framework for mapping power. After this talk, you’ll be able to start mapping power in your organization and beyond.

Continuous Mapping

Continuous Mapping

Kill all your darlings, crumple all your Wardley Maps. Not every map needs to be a perfectly polished artifact and sometimes a lo-fi, easily discarded sketch (or two or two dozen) is superior in that it allows a space to be wrong and grants permission to explore.

An Introduction to Mapping

An Introduction to Mapping

At Map Camp ATL 2019, Simon Wardley introduces the concepts of situational awareness, why maps matter and how to map a competitive landscape. He examines a few basic patterns in mapping and how the field is being currently used.