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!
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.
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.
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 —...
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.
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.
Let’s talk about Wardley’s doctrine — what it really looks like and how to find opportunities to practice. Don’t worry! Getting started is easier than you think.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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...
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...
Diane Mueller very kindly invited me to share Wardley Maps with the OpenShift Commons, and I can't help but write about the challenge she's shared: https://twitter.com/pythondj/status/1286453961533227009 Okay, now I just gotta figure out how to map an entire tech...
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....
Tony Osime asks: What is the best way to introduce Wardley Mapping to different groups? a. Senior executives – Strategic level b. Management – Team leader level c. Junior staff – Team member level This is a great question, and one I've thought about for some time....
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…
Over the last few months, I've been reading material by Frank W. Geels on the Multi Level Perspective, which uses arrows to visualize change and transition in the disposition of a market ecosystem. Here's an example: I was recently discussing evolution with a client...
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...
As part of the Wardley Maps Community YouTube channel (subscribe here), John Grant and Ben Mosior recently sat down with Sue Borchardt and Andie Nordgren. Sue is a research artist whose remarkable videos on topics like strategy for peace and justice, solitary...
As part of the Wardley Maps Community YouTube channel (subscribe here), John Grant and Chris Daniel recently sat down with Vikesh Shah, Commercial Director of London-based fashion and retail startup Metail.
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.
This Mom is no stranger to bringing lessons learned via parenting into the workplace, and vice versa. I’ll show you how to use Wardley Maps, and other planning strategies, to streamline your life, and your work projects, in new and exciting ways!
DevOps, Serverless, and Wardley Maps, three frames for making sense of the waves of change in IT.
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.
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.
Tim Ebenezer and Ben Mosior get together for a mapping session on UK Policing. They walk step-by-step through a hypothetical example, sharing their stories and experiences along the way!
Mario Platt of Privacy Beacon joined Ben Mosior for a LearnWardleyMapping Patron livestream to discuss strategy, security as a constraint vs an enabler, and The Four Problems to address for an adequate 2020+ security posture.