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Doctrine or Dogma - Challenge Your Assumptions in a Friendly Way

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This is a session from the online Map Camp, July 29 on the importance of challenging your assumptions when doing Wardley Mapping and also to start with assessing your doctrine, i.e. your universally useful patterns or principles that can be applied regardless of context, landscape or climate, before doing context specific gameplays. I also share an experiment - inspired by System Anatomies, Anatomies of Excellent Development and Maturity Mapping - on doing Wardley Mapping of doctrine.

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Doctrine or Dogma - Challenge Your Assumptions in a Friendly Way

  1. 1. DOCTRINE OR DOGMA? Challenge Your Assumptions in a Friendly Way! @erik_schon Managing Director Erlang Solutions Nordics #MapCamp Germany July 29, 2020
  2. 2. “You gotta challenge all assumptions. If you don't, what is doctrine on day one becomes dogma forever after” JOHN BOYD Strategist Inventor of the OODA “Loop” “Doctrine: Challenge assumptions” SIMON WARDLEY Strategist Inventor of Wardley Mapping
  3. 3. In a world where the rate of change will never be slower than today, HOW CAN WE BE CERTAIN TO SUCCEED?@erik_schon #MapCamp
  4. 4. @erik_schon #MapCamp
  5. 5. We provide world-class expertise in building innovative, scalable and resilient systems evolving the Erlang/Elixir open-source eco-system @erik_schon #MapCamp
  6. 6. 2.0 YEARS OF ERLANG SOLUTIONS © 1999-2019 Erlang Solutions Ltd @erik_schon Executive Strategist Engineer Team Player Writer @erik_schon #MapCamp
  7. 7. In a world where the rate of change will never be slower than today, HOW CAN WE BE CERTAIN TO SUCCEED?@erik_schon #MapCamp
  8. 8. Answer: STRATEGY! “Strategy is the art of manipulating an environment to gain a desirable outcome” Simon Wardley Sources The Art of War Wardley Maps The Essence of Winning and Losing @erik_schon #MapCamp Courtesy of Simon Wardley, CC BY-SA 4.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
  9. 9. Let’s zoom in on DOCTRINE WHY Sun Tzu ALWAYS START assessing and preparing Who has more influential purpose? Who has more skilled leadership? Who is favored by landscape and climate? Who carries out doctrine more skillfully? Who has more capabilities? Who provides feedback more clearly? This shows who will succeed and who will fail. @erik_schon #MapCamp
  10. 10. DOCTRINE WHAT Doctrine is universally useful patterns that a user can apply regardless of context, landscape or climate NOTE Doctrine is never right, it has proven to be consistently useful for the time being @erik_schon #MapCamp
  11. 11. DOCTRINE WHAT Doctrine is universally useful patterns that a user can apply regardless of context, landscape or climate NOTE Doctrine is never right, it has proven to be consistently useful for the time being EXAMPLES from Wardley’s Doctrine Use a common language (communication) Focus on user needs (development) Know the details (operations) Bias towards data (learning) Move fast (leading) Think small teams (structure) @erik_schon #MapCamp
  12. 12. Let’s talk about CAPABILITIES WHY Sun Tzu ALWAYS START assessing and preparing Who has more influential purpose? Who has more skilled leadership? Who is favored by landscape and climate? Who carries out doctrine more skillfully? Who has more capabilities? Who provides feedback more clearly? This shows who will succeed and who will fail. @erik_schon #MapCamp
  13. 13. CAPABILITIES WHAT Capability is the ability to fulfill a user’s need OR the ability of a Component to fulfill the need(s) of another component in a Value Chain or a Wardley Map @erik_schon #MapCamp
  14. 14. How to Visualize CAPABILITIES? VALUE CHAIN - dependencies of needs Capability is the ability to fulfill a user’s need OR the ability of a Component to fulfill the need(s) of another component in a Value Chain or a Wardley Map @erik_schon #MapCamp Courtesy of Simon Wardley, CC BY-SA 4.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
  15. 15. How to Visualize CAPABILITIES? SYSTEM ANATOMY dependencies between capabilities for a PRODUCT Travel card reader in a bus @erik_schon #MapCamp Kristian Sandahl
  16. 16. ANATOMY OF EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT dependencies between capabilities in PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT How to Visualize CAPABILITIES? @erik_schon #MapCamp A way to visualize doctrine!
  17. 17. MATURITY MAPPING Context specific maturity model for teams and organizations based on Wardley Mapping How to Visualize CAPABILITIES? Specific implementation of doctrine! Chris McDermott
  18. 18. Back to DOCTRINE ... Doctrine is universally useful patterns that a user can apply regardless of context, landscape or climate NOTE Doctrine is never right, it has proven to be consistently useful for the time being@erik_schon #MapCamp
  19. 19. Back to WARDLEY’S DOCTRINE ... Courtesy of Simon Wardley, CC BY-SA 4.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
  20. 20. WARDLEY’S DOCTRINE Let’s add some order! Thanks Simon and Steve Purkis! Stop Self Harm Becoming More Context Aware Better for Less Continuously Evolving
  21. 21. If your assessment shows this ... Courtesy of Simon Wardley, CC BY-SA 4.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
  22. 22. … you need to prepare & look more like this! Courtesy of Simon Wardley, CC BY-SA 4.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
  23. 23. Let’s challenge our assumptions re: doctrine ... … with an EXPERIMENT!
  24. 24. WARDLEY’S DOCTRINE Let’s turn it into a VALUE CHAIN! Executive leadership team of the organization Certain success together with the organization’s stakeholders Successful communication Use a common language (necessary for collaboration) Challenge assumptions (speak up and question) Focus on high situational awareness (understand what’s being considered) Be transparent (a bias towards open) @erik_schon #MapCamp
  25. 25. WARDLEY’S DOCTRINE Let’s turn it into a WARDLEY MAP! Executive leadership team of the organization Certain success together with the organization’s stakeholders Successful communication Use a common language (necessary for collaboration) Challenge assumptions (speak up and question) Focus on high situational awareness (understand what’s being considered) Be transparent (a bias towards open) Value Chain Evolution This is new to us We are learning it We are doing it We can teach it to others
  26. 26. SUMMARY @erik_schon #MapCamp Doctrine: Challenge assumptions And, challenge doctrine How can we be certain to succeed? STRATEGY! ALWAYS START WITH assessing and preparing doctrine and capabilities Doctrine: universally useful patterns that a user can apply regardless of context, landscape or climate Visualize capabilities and doctrine EXPERIMENT Value Chain and Wardley Map of Wardley’s Doctrine
  27. 27. 2.0 YEARS OF ERLANG SOLUTIONS © 1999-2019 Erlang Solutions Ltd For Further Learning Awesome List Wardley Maps Articles Duka & Hribar: Anatomy of Excellent Development Blogs McDermott: Maturity Mapping Schön: Seeing Around Corners Wardley: My Basics for Business Strategy Books Schön: The Art of Strategy – Steps Towards Business Agility Taxén et al: The System Anatomy Wardley: Wardley Maps Presentation Sandahl: What is a System Anatomy? Videos Borchardt: Getting Strategic on Peace and Justice Lamb: Investing in Innovation Schön: The Art of Strategy – Steps Towards Business Agility Wardley: Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones @erik_schon #MapCamp
  28. 28. 2.0 YEARS OF ERLANG SOLUTIONS © 1999-2019 Erlang Solutions Ltd THANK YOU! Q&A Erik Schön Managing Director, Nordics @ Erlang Solutions @erik_schon

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