It's all about perspective. The purpose of mapping isn't to force one particular perspective on others but to encourage the discovery of other perspectives. It's the only way mapping will evolve.

 — Simon Wardley

Hi there! Welcome to Mapping Maps Newsletter #12. I hope this finds you all doing great and keeping it safe! As always, here's a curation of best recent findings on Wardley Maps.

Diversity in Methods and Values

Two write-ups by Simon Wardley on the profound subject of diversity and it's role in an organisation's success. First one on adopting multiple methods for getting things done ranging from projects to international scale game plays. This second piece on reminding the significance of diversity in people and their values.

"Furthermore, to make it worse, our landscape normally contains many evolving components at different stages of evolution which necessitates a diversity of beliefs because of those inclusive values i.e. you need both extremes of “people over process” and “process over people” in order to function effectively."

Multiple Anchors

Simon sharing more insights on recursive nature of maps and the mechanics of having multiple anchors at different positions on a single map. With an interesting point on a Ground Level divider splitting nodes vertically by visibility -

"It also allows me to add a crude concept such as "ground level" i.e. the stuff we tend to see, the stuff that tends to be hidden away. Over time, that ground level rises ... or sea level, depending upon what metaphor you prefer. We're all drowning in tech!"

Map Camp Videos

Lots of awesome videos from recent Map Camp 2019 are now available on InfoQ. Each one of them offering an interesting story by practitioners applying maps in the wild. Here's the list -

The absolute best thing about the mapping community is that is has reached the point of self growing, self generating, self sustaining, self challenging ... it is a living thing...

 — Simon Wardley

Structural Deepening

Alastair Moore with first post on what would be a series examining maps in detail on the subject of technological evolution. This first post begins with defining a term called Main Assembly that comprises key technologies on a map. Followed by Structural Deepening as an observation that as this Main Assembly evolves it gets recursively more complicated with the addition of more advanced components. Bookmarked this and waiting for more to come next in this series.

"We are interested in using a Wardley Map to look at the evolution of components. This allows us to think strategically about how a set of components can continue to provide support for a given purpose - or how they may be substituted as better alternative assemblies originate."

Reframing Maturity

Chris McDermott shares his perspective on maturity - a word tirelessly used in organisations in context of maturity models. These models mean different things to different people and mostly carry negative connotations.

I really liked this simple definition of maturity as a level where teams can consistently achieve desired outcomes but it’s not the end. Further, on story behind naming Maturity Mapping -

"People’s models are anchored in specific terms. If we want to compete with context-free maturity models, then we have to use that term. The meaning of terms (and consequently how we model associated experiences) can change, especially through practice."


I always enjoy reading posts from people learning about maps and begin to apply mapping to their respective varied fields. Peter Pito shared above map using Wardley map as decomposition technique for identifying deliverables in a roadmap.

Romain Jourdan using maps and analogy of Serverless to imagine a Networkless world - 

"After this discovery, I started to wonder how Serverless could impact the Networking Industry and finally what the future of networking could be. So I started to think about those two parallel universes: Applications and Networking. How did they evolved in the past years and what could be the next evolutions?"

Finally, Markus Harrer sharing resources useful for learning mapping and applying maps to trace the history of ERP systems. Especially, talking about risks of over customisation when the underlying product evolves.

Mapping Remote Work

On the lighter side, a remarkable thread on Remote Work by Chris Herd transformed into a map by @howtob2bapm

This map may look trivial, but the astonishing thing is that just the plain act of putting those remote work related ideas in genesis section of a map makes you imagine the shapes those ideas may take up in the future as working remotely evolves.
Curated with 🧡 by Harprit
I would love to hear your feedback.
Wardley Mapping is provided courtesy of Simon Wardley, CC BY-SA 4.0 

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