How to use Wardleypedia
If you are new to Wardley Mapping and Wardleypedia, you might be tempted to go right for the Strategic Gameplay Patterns section, but this would be a mistake. Feel free to browse around in any order you like, but when you are ready to do some work, the best place to start is with your Purpose.
Right now (subject to evolution), I am envisioning 4 high level perspectives:
- Reference Guide
- A resource for looking up details about an specific aspect of mapping, for people already familiar with the process. For example, there are a number of forms of Inertia. The Reference Guide will list them all, with explanations and other details of each. A lot of this detail has been covered in Simon Wardley’s writing, but rarely all in one place. The Reference Guide reorganizes this material by topic for easy lookup.
- Example Maps
- Users can load sample maps they have created, with explanations. This can be for companies in the news, or new business ideas, or industry analysis.
- Component Maturity
- This should be a collection of pages, with one per component. Each component page will describe the component, its current maturity location in the map (probably with evidence or discussion about why we believe it is at that particular level), and probably other relevant information.
- These pages provide procedures for accomplishing a mapping task. E.g. how to build a value chain, or how to determine a component’s maturity level, or how to run a mapping session with your team. They should be very step-by-step process oriented, and designed to help the reader accomplish a particular task or outcome.
As I read various writing by Mr. Wardley, I find myself wanting to take notes, often in one of these four categories. If you do too, please create pages here, with the correct category tag. I believe we can create many of the pages for the sections above, just by organizing Mr. Wardley’s existing writing. Also, pages are being added to these sections with incomplete content. Look through them to find headings with too little content, and pull in text from his writing to fill them in.