Penflip, the collaborative book provider updated their service today, and they have added support for Creative Commons. I have updated the book, and it has now proper licence statement at the very beginning.
One ambiguity less!
The book preview released a couple of days ago was very raw. Today it got better shape, and figure captions. The progress is there :-).
I have created a new page where the book can be downloaded, so it will not get lost among future blog posts!
That was a busy morning. I assembled Simon's blogpost that were supposed to be a book into one document. There is still plenty work to be done (which is happening here), but it does look like a book now!
Just to remind - the book is being created at https://www.penflip.com/cdaniel/future-is-predictable/ and you are invited to participate!
Writing a book preface turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. i wanted to have a nice, soft introduction to mapping, set readers expectations, but could not find an elegant way to do that.
It just did not fit into what is called 'strategy' by Wikipedia:
Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty.
It also did not really fit into Sun Tzu 'Art of War' not Clausewitz (the father of modern war doctrine) 'On War'.
My observation is that mapping is an artificial tool that allows you to understand your environment and spot possible actions in a *very* industrious way. It has a lot of advantages as properly done forces you to look at every aspect of your organization in a very broad context.
Of course, it may be confused with strategy, but let's use analogy here:
Chess were supposed to be a game of strategists to the beginning of XX century. Then they get analyzed, and move patterns were described. It suddenly was not important how good you were, as a person trained in schemas could easily beat you.
This is exactly the case of maps. Adopting maps is a must, as it gives you a competitive advantage. If you do not do this, you will lose by smaller, weaker but better trained players.
Going back to chess - after move patterns become ubiquitous - chances were even again, and chess become a strategic game again, but the fight was on move schemas.
This is what will eventually happen with mapping - it will get ubiquitous, and only then it will matter how well you can use it and how well you predict your opponents moves. But right now - you are the weaker and smaller player with a secret knowledge - use it!
My recent tweet
gained much more attention than I expected.
I take is as an indicator that the tool is rather useless without people knowing how to use, and gaining that knowledge is non trivial. Simon is not giving many talks, LEF is pretty close, so there is only one way - the hard way of digesting Simon's blog (with all the amendments and comments).
That's a lot of work, which could be shared.
I have started, just started, putting together things I would like to see in the book. Current state of work is available in the tool repository, together with basic instructions onthe forum how to read it.
Feel invited to participate. Forks, comments, suggestions and pull requests really matter! And, since I am not native, spell & grammar corrections are deeply appreciated!