Once I started getting the general idea of Wardley Mapping, I still wanted to learn more. And that’s when I kept bumping into the great teaching of Ben Mosier who runs Learn Wardley Mapping (LWM) as well as his YouTube videos at ben at hiredthought. Behind his back, I’m calling him the Ryan Holiday or Shane Parrish of Wardley Mapping.
Who is Ben Mosior?
- Background is in systems administration
- Founder/principal at Hired Thought
- Runs Learn Wardley Mapping (LWM)
- Origin story of learning about Wardley Mapping
- The Theory of Constraints was not enough
- Wardley Mapping can be used in organizations of all sizes
- Strategy is never fixed – an ongoing cycle
- Wardley Mapping always starts with knowing your users/customers
- A collection of individuals vs. a team of individuals
- The x- and y-axis of the Wardley Map
- Abductive mapping
- Wardley Mapping is about learning how to think
I think Wardley Mapping is not an all or nothing process. It is a bit-by-bit application of making 1% or 2% better decisions every day. And by making this one change, by knowing your users, the kinds of decisions that you can make, are going to be disproportionately better than your competitors who are not doing that.Ben Mosior
The Fastest Way to Learn Wardley Mapping
Ben states his video below is the easiest way to learn Wardley Mapping. He recommends following with just a piece of paper and a pencil. He add that if you don’t get value by the end, then move on.
What you’ll find with Wardley Mapping is that it is difficult. It has a very high skill ceiling. And it’s something that takes years to get good at.
But that doesn’t mean it’s going to take years to get value from it. So if you can spend 10-15 minutes making your first map and going through the opportunities table that I described in that YouTube video, there is at least an 80% chance that you’ll find something that … provides so much value, that it’s going to fuel your exploration into this method in the decades to come.Ben Mosior
Books Mentioned by Ben Mosior
Where to Find Ben Mosior
If You Liked This Show …
If you enjoyed the conversation with Ben Mosior, then consider for your next listen the conversation we had with Simon Wardley.