Strategy for Self - Personal development using Wardley Maps

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Following our whitepaper on Personal Development using Wardley Maps, we ran a meetup to help the community experiment with the approach and follow the process of mapping for themselves.

We walked through it and how to start from your clients or your employers' needs. We walked through an example and invited those that joined the meet-up to follow the same steps.

After mapping the value chain of your client or potential employer, it is worth establishing where and how you may insert self to support the value chain.

Once there is an understanding of how to position into the value chains, you may pivot the view starting from your position. This is not the standard way to map, but it allows to explore while centering on self. You may map services to offer and then look at the constituent parts in the industry (please see below map).

The position of the constituent parts on the maps is an indication of their maturity and how directly operable -or not- they may be for the clients/employer organisations. From such a view, you may consider how to intermediate access to this knowledge and adoption in practice.

The more the constituent parts are to the right of the map, the more the approaches will be established, sometimes methodified. In such case, it is worth training and certifying with those methods.

The more the constituent parts are to the left of the map and the more experimental and conceptual they may be. It will be about establishing services that enable practical understanding and adoption.

From this meetup, we concluded with the participants that the approach had good potential when coaching personal development. Psychometric tests, that are usually employed by coaches, tend to be limited to a normalised view point, maps on the other hand are highly tailored to the context of each individual. The process of mapping also generates the awareness.

If you wanted to explore with the approach or use mapping for your Digital Strategy, this is a service that we can offer. Please get in touch.