Cartographer, introduce yourself!


#1

This thread is supposed to serve as a way of introducing yourself.

My name is Chris. I am located in Poznan, Poland (GMT +2 Timezone).

My daily work is almost all about mapping - I teach, explain and write about mapping, do some research about/around mapping, and used to code a little bit.

I am heavily interested in strategy (once military, now mostly business), conflicts and psychology, and currently I am working hard to acquire knowledge in adjacent domains (marketing, UX, finances).

I am open for a chat most of the time (albeit it might be difficult to catch me in the afternoon).


#2

My name is John. I am based in Cheshire in the UK.

I am a researcher specialising in digital skills and ICT labour market trends. I have a background in software engineering, but my primary focus is data science.

I have a keen interest in Wardley Maps and consider myself a trainee cartographer.


#3

Hi there,

My name is Alexander, I’m living between Paris, France and Belgrade, Serbia.

I’m a senior software engineer, consultant and author of “Serverless Applications with Node.js”. Also AWS Serverless Hero.

I loved Wardley maps the moment I saw them, would also consider myself as trainee/novice. I’m trying to organize Map Meetup in Belgrade and have “infected” dozens of individuals with Wardley maps. I’m also writing a blogpost now on how I’ve shown the Wardley Map of the my current company on my first interview and impressed the COO. Also, as an experiment, I’ve made a serverless JARVIS Alexa skill to develop applications by talking to Alexa.


#4

Hi,

I’m Marcus. English but based in Moscow.

Ex-GM in professional service firms in Russia and Asia. For my sins also ex-strategy guy in Big 4.

Started own business (narrative insights) in 2013 to take complexity-based approaches to Russian companies (Cynefin, SenseMaker) but challenging economic times forced me to become global, which has had significant benefits. Still want to crack the large Russian market so started using Maps about 12 months ago to just get decision-makers to understand their context better and where they might need complex approaches. Turned out Maps bit – people just get them and business is moving over to Mapping in Russia big time.

Launching Russian site to help spread Maps across the country – using it to undermine traditional consultancies hopefully as they are ripe for disruption. Network forming round it here and through my connections with the Cynefin global network we’re also spreading it to a few other countries hopefully.

Not a tech guy at all – so learning a lot from people and hoping that I add a bit of diversity for resilience.


#5

Hi,

I’m Julius. Currently based in Düsseldorf, Germany.

I’m also a Consultant - about 70% on the tech side (software engineering, architecture, and teams) and 35% on the business side.

The old PDF book “The Future is Predictable” (can’t remember how I came across it) was the final piece that got me hooked on Wardley Maps. Since the maps cover a lot of different aspects with varying levels of complexity, one has to learn to make them, use them, teach/persuade others, etc, I find it exciting and tiring :slight_smile:

In that aspect, this community helps. A quote I find helpful:

“One begins with enthusiasm, then as some difficulty arises, the demon of laziness whispers: What is the good? Our vision of the goal grows dim; the fruit of effort is too distant or appears too bitter; we have a vague sense of being duped. It is certain that the support of others, their example, the exchange of ideas, would be admirably efficacious against this gloomy mood; they would supply the place in many people of that power of imagination and constancy of virtue which only the few possess, yet which are necessary for the persevering prosecution of a great purpose.” (page 55 in “The Intellectual Life” by A.Sertillanges)

Thanks for the channels (here, slack, etc) and the events (meetups, mapcamps, etc) that help bring us together :slight_smile:


#6

I’m Tony - UK-based user/trainer of Cynefin and SenseMaker.

Was enticed here by Marcus recommending me to take a look at Wardley Maps as a complement to the Cynefin work we’ve been doing with clients. Global client base, frequently NGOs and UN agencies but also government departments and corporates.

I’ve been narrative-focused for 19 years - starting my own consultancy Narrate in 2000 after a decade working for big corporates in comms/change across Europe. I’ve worked closely for a while with Cognitive Edge and Dave Snowden, but resorting now to taking a slightly different path looking at other tools and perspectives on complex problems.


#7

Hi, I’m Mladen - an Australian based in Paris for the last 3 decades.

I’m a telecom/hi-tech engineer however I stopped being an engineer around 20 years ago. Done the big & small companies. Now freelance for 15 years - interim management, COO, turnaround, strategy, business plans, international business development. The Wardley Maps make for an easier way to present strategy to non-technical people. Presently using these maps for 2 clients - one in museum space, the other in petroleum exploration. Free to chat…


#8

Greetings -

My name is Robert Lamb. I’m an independent consultant based in Melbourne, Australia, who has spent over 20 years consulting and training in process and organisational improvement. I started off my career in IT, back in the “craft” days of Cobol and Basic-plus.

Having recently discovered Wardley maps, I am enthusiastic about their utility for facilitating organisational dialog and decision making, especially in providing guidance to appropriate management strategies suggested by the economic maturity dimension.

Looking forward to learning and sharing insights with this group…


#9