Why Wardley Maps?
Simon Wardley (you can find his book on Medium) has created a visual model called Wardley Maps to map a state or situation and add movements and other information to it in order to build a model of what you see and what might happen.
|Material||Mapping area, physical or digital.|
post-its and pens
|Invited||Core team + facilitator|
What is a Wardley Map
On the X-axis you see how things mature over time. The stages are
- Genesis (this is where you explore new ideas and solve problems no one done before)
- Custom built (services you create yourself since there are no products for you to use based on your needs)
- Product or rental (things you can buy which build parts of your solution)
- Commodity or Utility (this is something you just use, like cloud platforms and electricity).
On the Y-axis you visualise things from the User’s perspective, with what is more visible higher up. You can chose what you think is relevant as a parameter for the X-axis and taylor it as you like. It’s also likely that you need several maps and perspectives as you try to get different views of your problem.
- Define the problem you want to analyse
- Define the values on the X and Y axis
- Gather data that is relevant and share with the invited group to read up on before the workshop
- Check in
- Present the problem and the format
- Brainstorm quiet an individually for data points to be mapped (5 min)
- Map out all data point, remove duplicates (don’t spend time arguing and agree on where the data points should go in this step, we are just getting the data visible)
- Current state: Discuss and agree on what state things are (mote up/down and right/left) and how they depend on each others (add lines as connections between data points)
Tip: start from the User perspective at the top and build your tree from there.
- Movements: Discuss and mark movements in the map. What is going to a transition/mature, what trends do you see or foresee. Mark this with arrows from current state to a possible future state
- Analyse and discuss actions to take based on the map you have created
- Maps visualising your understanding of the problem
- Movements from current to future positions
- Actions for your team to take