Build a Framework: Your chart junk is my roadmap / vision statement

I remember in the late 90’s, seeing many examples of the little train of wedgies that folks used to characterize their business processes:



I’ve used them myself (some of the above samples are mine, I’m comfortable in admitting it) – of course, I typically don’t make this stuff up, I adapt from other examples, like everyone else. As I searched for a reasonable picture / schematic / “framework” for a “supply chain”, I stumbled across what I believe to be the originator of the wedgie charts – the value chain, popularized by Porter in the 80’s.

An interesting sense of satisfaction came with this discovery; I always used to wonder where the ubiquitous wedgies originated, as if I wasn’t giving the right credit / citing the correct references, or jumping on some meme-hack’s visual bandwagon instead of really understanding the pretty pictures I was drawing.



Still, I remain a big fan of this visual “framework” approach. I’ve used it for business / technical alignment architectures, for laying out a complex program of interdependent projects, and for abstracting a data warehouse architecture so folks could see the pattern(s) in the multiple legacy systems (enough to identify opportunities for compressing into a smaller set of technologies).

Anyway, I also found this site, and with it my latest model for a framework to capture the Supply Chain …

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James MacLennan

... is the Managing Partner at Maker Turtle LLC, a digital consultancy focused on creating value in ways that align with your strategy and drive engagement with employees, customers, and stakeholders. He is an active creator, providing thought leadership through on-line & print publications, and public speaking / keynotes.