Release Note: In the initial release of the application there is only one type of Map, called simply "Map". Top Maps, Sub-Maps and Map Sets will be introduced in Full Release 1.
The large majority of ActionMap Toolkit Group Sessions can produce successful results with only one Map.
And many of the features described below can be achieved simply using multiple Maps.
Types of Process Maps
In Full Release 1 there will be two different types of process maps (they both have the same format):
▪ Top Maps
Map Sets and Top Maps
A Map Set is a collection of process Maps that consists of a Top Map and one or more Sub-Maps that are subordinate to it.
Model Plan Areas can have an effectively unlimited number of Maps, Top Maps and Map Sets.
Relationship Among Top Maps and Sub-Maps
Sub-Maps represent either:
▪ An expansion of detail of a Sub-Process graphic within the Central Process of the Top Map. In this case the Sub-Map can also be called a Sub-Process Map.
▪ A process that is closely related to the Central Process in the Top Map. In this case the Sub-Map can also be called a Side-Map.
Processes and sub-processes can be organized like an outline, in levels.
The Central Process on the Top Maps is like the overall topic of the outline (level 0).
The Sub-Processes below the Top Map are the next level items of the outline (level 1).
Please note: multiple Maps can be added to a Model Plan Area in Release 1, so if needed a Map can be used as a Sub-Map.
(analysis to any level of detail)
Example Map Set: XYZ Company - Main Operations
▪ XYZ Company (Central Process)
▪ Customer Relations (Sub-Process 1)
▪ F&A (Sub-Process 2)
▪ Manufacturing and Distribution (Sub-Process 2)
Sub-Process Map (Central process is a sub-process from the Top Map (or other "parent" map):
▪ Customer Relations (Central Process)
▪ Marketing (Sub-Process 1.1)
▪ Sales (Sub-Process 1.2)
▪ Customer Service (Sub-Process 1.3)
Side Map (associated with but not directly subordinate to the Central Process on the Top Map)
▪ Process Improvement Program (Central Process)
▪ Orientation (Sub-Process)
▪ Training (Sub-Process)
▪ Operations (Sub-Process)
▪ Review (Sub-Process)
- As described elsewhere, most sessions will produce strong results with only a single Map.
- Again note that each Map has its own action plan and discussion.
- When a Model Plan Area is exported to PowerPoint and Excel, all Maps are exported along with all their associated model, plan and discussion information.
Full Release 1 will also have a feature for combining Planning Activities across Map Sets.
That is, all Evaluations across all Maps in a Map Set can be rolled up into one Action Plan.
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