I was mapping cost efficiency vs architectural optimisation - not the axes in Simon's maps
ask yourself "does what I'm spending time on matter?" rebooting servers, updating versions - no-one cares - serverless means you have no-ops
we have 600k customers, 6.5M lambda invocations daily, and costs $550/month for serverless fees
Collaboration through (even really quite rubbish) mapping - even flawed maps can be very useful
"all maps are wrong. They are a vehicle for communication" says @swardley - they bring up the elephant in the room, and the other elephants holding their tails
Mapping is about distributed cognition - knowing doesn't reside in a single person, but in a sociocultural world that the map is a part of
Maps can be a boundary object - just structured enough to maintain a common identity, but interpreted differently across communities
Who is mapping for
Mapping is a language that everyone can understand - with Wardley maps, you can put it on a wall and people start moving things around
Mapping is not just for technologists - it not just build versus buy, it is bigger than that
mapping is wibbly enough that you can find the boundaries of what you are thinking about
the starting point for mapping for me has been "there's a puzzle - we don't want know what to do next"
What's the one gotcha I should look out for the first time?
the component parts of the value chain are the tricky bit - sometimes it's bleeding obvious, sometimes it's tricky
don't try and make it perfect or too precise - get it down and then change it
make sure you have the right people in the room - don't try and do it on your own but collaborate
if there are only one or two of you haw do you do it?
I did that when I joined Different - we dragged in people from our coworking space to help us work it out
I found mapping helpful as an individual, because it can help you back up what you propose with sound logic
if you don't have enough people, think about personas and try to map from their perspective
I worked with organisations that didn't have clue from a strategic perspective, and this gave us a way to talk about it
Mapping was something I did for myself as a CEO - I thought everyone else had maps as I hadn't done an MBA. That's why I made it creative commons
what other tools are complementary to mapping?
putting an architecture diagram and a wardley map side by side can help executives to understand both better
when we did some maps in the office we would have the team doing the map round the board, and others would watch, and then want their own
why not present other mapping techniques?
I'd love to present other maps and not graph diagrams that don't have navigational characterisations
I would love for people to find better ways of mapping - mine are primitive and I made them creative commons so someone else can fix them
Thank you Jen - @coderinheels for organising this today
I want to get more women in tech, and I want to have more workshops for women on mapping