Management 3.0: Personal Maps (1)

Image from Happy Melly ‘Personal Maps: Improving Team Collaboration’. Source:

As part of my quest to become a Management 3.0 facilitator, I am applying some of the practices in my daily (working) life. My first achievement was the Moving Motivators game, which I played with my own team of software developers, and at a later stage with the people from HR.

I am also working on implementing Kudos card and the Kudos wall, which is on-going as we speak. I will write down my experiences regarding this subject at a later stage, but it’s proving more difficult than I imagined. (And I thought this was the low-hanging fruit…)

So, on my own time, I am working on Personal Maps, another of the Management 3.0 practices. I reckon I’d start writing about it, because the way I see it now, personal maps are never really finished.

I started off by taking a big piece of paper (A3-ish), and writing the name of one of my team members in the middle. Then, as suggested by Jurgen Appelo, I’d write terms like ‘education’, ‘work’, ‘family’, etc. around it, just like you would on a mind map. This way, you create a map going outward from the person’s name, which becomes more detailed the further out you get.

Part of the Personal Map

Jurgen already warned about it happening, so it didn’t come as complete surprise, but it’s amazing how little I actually know about this person. I know he’s married, but what was his wife’s name again? Just one example.

I did the same exercise for another of my team members (I plan on creating maps for all of my team members — there are six). Same story. He’s working on a car as a hobby project (with his son), but I have no clue what kind of car it is (nor his son’s name). Just another example.

So, this is where it actually starts! Drawing up the personal map in the first place is only the starting point of a process. The process of getting to know someone a little better. I will definitely need to start asking questions and show an interest to create a more comprehensive map. The funny thing is, I’m really interested in getting to know people, but somehow in the workplace (in Australia?) it’s not always easy to do that.

So, this is not the end but merely the beginning. Which is why I marked this particular post with a (1). There will be at least one follow up post regarding this subject as I go along, and perhaps even more. But most importantly: I know where the gaps are, and which questions I should ask. And who knows, I might find out a few interesting things about someone that I am not expecting, or may not even know I don’t know. Hm, that’s very deep. Better get cracking!


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