Contents of This Page
- What Is the ActionMap Toolkit?
- What Does the ActionMap Toolkit Produce?
- What Does the ActionMap Toolkit Look Like?
- What Is the ActionMap Main Cycle?
- What Are Mapping and Evaluating?
- What Are the Parts of the Main Page?
- What Are the Stages of Main Cycle?
- Mapping Is Done in Three Stages
- Planning Is Also Done In Three Stages
- The Main Cycle Can Be Performed Flexibly
- Map Sets for Larger Projects
- Where Can the ActionMap Toolkit Be Used?
- What Are the ActionMap Toolkit's Credentials?
- Who Is the ActionMap Toolkit Designed For?
This page provides a quick overview of the ActionMap Toolkit.
For additional information please visit our website at actionmap.com
|The ActionMap Toolkit is an online problem solving and consensus building tool.
It focuses on process development and improvement.
It can be used for individual work or for group meetings, both online or in-person.
It uses a single page format to lead a group through a compact improvement cycle.
The ActionMap Toolkit is designed to produce two types of results:
- Collaboration Results
- Work Product Results
The Collaboration results are strong shared understanding, agreement and commitment to take action.
The Work Product results are high quality process maps, evaluations and action plans, that support and distribute the collaboration results.
What is the ActionMap Main Cycle?
The Toolkit uses a compact process improvement cycle, called the Main Cycle:
The Map and Evaluate stages are the heart of the ActionMap method.
The Key to Mapping is shifting from a "Performance View" to a "Process View"...
In the process view, the focus is on what is needed to produce the overall value rather than on who is doing specific tasks.
...and then to capture that "process view" in an easy to build, simple to understand diagram format.
The key to Evaluating is to capture people's feelings, intuitions and experience-based judgements, and to link them to the parts of the Map.
Evaluations can be:
- Goals (what we want to go toward)
- Issues (what we want to go away from)
- Change Ideas (how to get from the issues to the goals)
Notes can be any additional information that helps with understanding the process, including detailed measurements and qualities such as size and location.
The closer the evaluations are to specific, tangible parts of the map, the more useful the evaluations will be for changing the parts of the map.
Mapping provides focus and structure, and Evaluating supports engagement and energy.
That focus, structure, energy and engagement are used to move through the entire Main Cycle.
What Does the ActionMap Toolkit Look Like?
All the process work is done on the Main Page.
A simplified view of the Main Page is shown here.
|The Main Page is made up of a Map
and a List.
The Map is a process diagram that is
easy to build and understand.
It provides a graphic, visual point of
focus for the meeting.
The List is the primary way that the group interacts.
It is like a structured forum discussion.
The Map can be automatically
generated from the List.
The Map structures and
focuses the List discussion.
What are the parts of the Map?
All maps are made with the same standard format and the same type of parts.
The Main Cycle is the simplified process improvement method in the ActionMap Toolkit.
The Main Cycle has a standard sequence that is divided into two parts: Mapping and Planning.
Many group sessions will be completed after just the Map, Evaluate and Prioritize stages,
Mapping and Evaluating can be used to drill down to any level of detail that is of interest.
For large areas of activity the Main Cycle steps can be spread over as many individual work group meetings as needed.
The ActionMap Toolkit can be applied to a wide range of process oriented activities in any industry sector, including those shown below:
The ActionMap Toolkit method has been used in its original flip chart form in over one hundred engagements including with HP, Chevron, ConAgra, Target, Kaiser, and the cities of San Leandro and Fairfield.
The ActionMap Toolkit is designed to be used by anyone with:
The Toolkit was particularly designed to provide enhanced capabilities for process modeling, meeting facilitation and process improvement to people without requiring formal training in those areas.
The ActionMap Toolkit uses a structured page....
...in a compact improvement cycle...
...to produce collaboration results...
...and work products that support and distribute the collaboration results.
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