Using the discipline of a map allows you to figure out what you need to focus on and what is already a utility that you can leverage to remove work. It’s amazing to us how many people continue to miss this step.

 — From book Reaching Cloud Velocity

Hi there! Welcome to #17 of Mapping Maps Newsletter. Here's a curation of best recent findings on Wardley Maps.

Map Camp 2020

Map Camp 2020 was by far the best online event I have attended. Three speaker format really mixed it up wonderfully followed by engaging conversations. Check here for the recordings of the talks (slides) by an awesome group of practitioners.

You will find enchanting stories with fascinating diversity of perspectives on using maps to make sense of the world. As Andrew Clay Shafer's rightly mentioned in talk on Maps and Stories -

"You know your maps work when you are winning more. Not when you have more maps... You know maps work when you have the story you want."

The Strategy vs. strategy

Thanks to John Cutler for sharing this insight on the difference between strategy that comes out of a collaborative exercise based on right conversations and models versus hand waving top down directives.

"There’s strategy... the process, the cycle, the conversations, the mental models, the sense-making, the mapping. And there’s The Strategy. The latter is shorthand. It says everything and nothing."

Wardley Maps are Feynman diagrams for business.

 — Thomas Hollands

Digital Sovereignty 

Simon shares an educational write-up on the meaning of Digital Sovereignty. With an analogy to borders surrounding it's physical counterpart, Digital Sovereignty is about us as a collective deciding which parts of a competitive space we want to own and defend. Within which boundaries in that space do we choose to represent our values.

"If you can't see the landscape, you don't know where the borders are, you don't even know what you're trying to protect."

Online Wardley Maps

Online Wardley Maps is an extremely useful tool that got even more awesomer. Other than the existing way that allows you to play with and share maps online, there's now a VS Code extension for offline editing and rendering of maps. Many thanks to Damon Skelhorn for this feature!

Online Wardley Maps were used to perfection by Adrian Cockcroft in one of my favourite talks at Map Camp. Demonstrating great use of this awesome tool to step wise map really complex concepts.

Mapping Platforms

On the theme of Platform Design, Simone Cicero shares more insights on the platforms and ecosystems economy. It's a great post filled with details about applying maps to predict the impacts of climatic risk factors and emerging tech like AI and Crypto on the platforms.

"In putting together all the impacts we mentioned above, we will show them on the Wardley map: using such a map as a background will allow us to project the zones where most of the impacts coalesce in certain areas of the value chain."

You're never "situationally aware", you simply perceive that you are more or less "aware" than a previous state.

 — Simon Wardley

Remixing Context Mapping

Marijn Huizendveld makes a compelling case in this talk for experimenting and improving Context Mapping with Wardley Maps. With pragmatic advice on how to turn graphs we use into maps by introducing an anchor and evolution axis.

"Let's explore how we can improve mapping in DDD. Can we make space more meaningful in a typical Context Map? How can we visualize our intended changes? Is there a way to markup maps with forces on our model outside of code? And what impact can we expect from things not part of our map?"

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