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- Startup Training Procedure
- 1) Orientation
- 2) Learn about "How to Use Map Parts"
- 3) Play with the Map
- 4) Quick Start Instructions
- 5) Watch the Training Videos Below
- 6) Choose a Process of Interest
- 7) Apply the Software to Individual Work Processes
- 8) Start Using It with Familiar Small Groups
- 9) Start Using It with Larger, Less Familiar Groups
- ActionMap Toolkit Startup Training Videos
- Important Quick Start Notes
- Videos! OK, Here We go with the Training Videos!
- The Mapping Stages
- The Planning Stages
Startup Training Procedure
This training procedure is designed to help you:
- Use the application on a familiar process within about an hour
- Use the application with a familiar group within a day
Review the page in the link below for basic orientation:
(and if needed, the Initial Login Guide)
2) Learn about "How to Use Map Parts"
Maps are fundamental to ActionMap. So it is very important to understand how to create Maps correctly.
That topic is covered in the following three videos (and a supporting help article, at the end of the videos.)
Please watch these videos carefully.
And review this Page: How to Use Map Parts
Reviewing "How to Use Map Parts" is critical to successful use of the ActionMap Toolkit.
The next step is to learn the techniques in the software for creating Maps. To do that, just play with a map. Instructions for doing that are at this page:
Review the page in the link below for quick start instructions:
Quick Start Guide
(these repeat the start up steps from "Play with the Map")
Do a step-by-step walk-through of the "Mapping Stages" of the ActionMap Main Cycle, by copying the actions shown in the "Mapping Stage" videos below.
It can be:
- A work activity
- A home or community activity
- A business idea
- A hobby activity
- A familiar activity
Or choose a simple process practice on, such as:
- Buying a couch
- Planning a party
- Enrolling for a class
- Running a pizza parlor
(For additional ideas see the ActionMap Process Map Examples page.)
Then you have a choice.
A) You can go back and continue the video training on the "Planning Stages" of the Main Cycle.
B) You can do that later at some point during the following:
After you are comfortable with that:
After you are comfortable with that:
Start accelerating process change wherever you encounter it.
The goal of these videos is to teach you the basic mechanics of capturing and organizing information in the application.
- Learning the basic mechanics will allow you apply the software to a topic of interest to you.
- That is what will help you learn the rest of the Toolkit.
These videos have a little gear setting at the bottom that offers a choice of playback speed. If you don't mind the narration sounding high pitched, you run through the videos in half the time.
After each video, please keep your training Session and Map and Plan Area unchanged, so that you can continue working on them in the following video.
To Close Most Menus
or to cancel List Row operations:
Drag and Drop uses particular "Drop Targets". These are areas on the Map that:
▪ are highlighted in yellow when the cursor passes over them
▪ are usually directly above, below or inside other map parts
If there is no yellow highlighting, the drop does not occur.
This ensures that Map Parts are only added in their correct locations.
As stated elsewhere, most of the value of the Toolkit in most situations can be achieved by using only the first three stages of the Main Cycle (the Mapping Stages).
The Mapping Stages can help produce strong shared understanding of process transactions along with stakeholder interests and priorities.
That knowledge and motivation can be carried into other methods for process change, in addition to the ActionMap Main Cycle Planning Stages.
The Planning Stages take the knowledge and motivation from the Mapping Stages and transform them through further prioritizing and focused brainstorming into agreed upon action items with assignments and due dates.
Suggested Next Pages
How To Use Stages and Activities
Process Maps - Purpose, Format and Construction
Add Map Parts, Plan Parts and Comments to the List
Map Drag and Drop
Functional Overview and Key Techniques
How to Think about ActionMap Process Maps
ActionMap Toolkit Process Map Examples
Help Table of Contents
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