1. What do we need to provide?
You just need to provide a room with a table and a bunch a chairs. Its size depends on the number attending. Ideally a big table 2m x 2m (min 1.2m x 1.2m if a small group). It doesn't have to be one table, but can be a series of tables all pushed together, but must be the same height, the same colour and with no patterns. There can't be any gaps between the sides or corners and there shouldn’t be any holes in tops of the tables. The tables mustn’t be covered with a cloth.
As you can see from the photos, it’s ideal that the table or table configuration is square or as close to square as possible so that everyone sitting around it can easily reach the centre. A round table will also work.
2. How many people can participate?
When mapping around the table, anything from one to twenty. Larger groups of up to 200 have experienced the mapping as audience. In these cases we sometimes set-up a projector. More details can be sent when running it with an audience.
3. What language will they be in?
The mapping is held in English and has already been applied in twenty different countries. Its visual approach enables participants with varying levels of English to collaborate.
4. How long does the mapping take and where?
A mapping session can last 2, 3 or even 6 hours and can be anywhere with a big table.
5. Is this a one-off or does it require multiple mapping sessions? And when should we do them?
It can be a one-off or used to suit your development timeline. When and where is something we can determine together, once you’ve made contact.
6. Does the mapping generate ideas?
Yes. When you break a scenario or a problem down, ideas from within the team, naturally emerge. Seeing your company’s situation from new perspectives rivals any brainstorming technique, without a Post-it® in sight.
7. I’ve heard of LEGO Serious Play™. Is that what you do?
Lego Serious Play™ uses a central facilitator to take multiple teams through a series of predefined steps to play around and express their situations through small scenes built in LEGO. It takes an allegorical approach. Whereas the mapping room gathers everyone around just one table to address one real situation. Here the focus is not on whether it’s LEGO, Playmobil or office supplies, but a group can even test and validate specific courses of action.
8. Is this a team building exercise?
It does bring teams together and team building is a significant bi-product but not the main focus. Having a team deconstruct their situation and explore multiple perspectives guarantees a shared, deeper and consistent understanding across that team.
9. Why choose Paul Tyler over other strategy consultants?
It doesn’t have to be us or them. Just two hours with Paul, will confront you and any external consultants with exactly where you are right now and can test and validate any ideas you all bring to the table. See our mapping as a fast service with no binding commitment to your project preparation or strategy implementation.
10. Do you provide any documentation of the mapping room?
Yes, Paul can provide digital photos and a video summary of your mapping session. These capture the vital elements of your ecosystem or project so that you can move forward with something concrete.
11. How much does it cost?
That depends on a number of things such as the options you choose, group size and where you are based. So contact Paul, so he can hear more about you, and he’ll send you an offer.