In the process of developing a Business-Technology Strategy, I wanted to create Gamestorming-like approach to help position business drivers, technology trends and IT responses. I've been reading 'The Agile Architecture Revolution' by Jason Bloomberg (highly recommended!) - I particularly was inspired by the Zapthink Poster therein. But given the different audience, I need a more Business-focused that might eventually evolve into a info-gram poster ( I recognise it's more Mindmap than info-gram in this version!). The aim is to create a tool that will help frame and stimulate discussion with business people and technologists that becomes the core of a Business-Technology strategy. Subsequently, the developed artwork (or simplified versions) might become a commonly understood reference model for communicating the strategy - maybe even a piece of office wall-art!
Hopefully, the diagram I've developed is self explanatory, however, a few words of explanation might be helpful:
- The star at the centre should be the "headline" of CEO's strategic direction over the period (e.g. to 2018) or similar agreed at the C-level.
- The items in blue circle are the specific business drivers - the things C-level care most about!
- The six labelled outer sections are general technology trends that the CIO/IT team believe are most pertinent to the business.
- The items red circle are the IT responses to both the inner business direction & drivers in the context of the technology trends.
- In this example, the buff coloured encircling arrow represents the importance of "Big Data" overall and how data-driven decision-making will be fueled by other technology trends (I guess this might vary from business to business).
- The orange "explosions' are specific predicted events within a trend, the yellow "post-its" are aspects/observations and the green "scrolls' represent particular milestones or goals.
I'd welcome any thoughts, builds or alternative ideas - maybe you have a better approach or can offer something to augment?
Oh, and one more ask, if anyone knows of a low-cost way to make the poster less "PowerPointy" and more "Infogramy", please Tweet me (@taotwit) with suggestions - thanks!
You can download a more readable .pdf version below. Let me know if you'd like an editable .ppt version via email.