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Idea to Implementation v2

In a previous post, I laid down some initial thinking on a flexible framework that would make it easier to manage the way we move from idea to implementation. I've done a bit more thinking and have refactored the conceptual thinking a bit. It looks like this:

We can create two high-order domains:

  • Natural
  • Business

These are largely and purely conceptual containers. Note that the User Experience spans these two domains. In each of those domains, we can have classification contexts. Just because I like stating the obvious, these classification containers help to contextualize and organize concrete entities like Goals, Improvements, and Activities.

Following one line, we're going to move from Goal through Value Proposition, through Strategic objectives, and arrive at Solution Activity (Implementation), which may lead back to Value via a Reflexive Context. There are a few things to note:

  • All Solution Activities originate in the Natural or Reflexive Contexts, which is to say they derive from the User Experience ecosystem.
  • I lied... you can push Solution Activities right out of a Strategic Context... but the thought of that makes my butt pucker.
  • Value is a critical pivot. I said it before, but why not say it again: everything should be value driven.
  • We can and should look at Strategic Objectives as a filter. We capture a large and growing universe of Goals and Value Propositions . But we likely will only act on some of them. Thus, the list of all we will do is not an expression of all we can do. This is where the ruling class can pluck each other's beards.
  • The Reflexive Context relates to Implementation. In other words, the activities of an Implementation Context potentially spawn Reflexive artifacts: Goals and Improvements. This gives us the necessary recursive classification construct we need to model the imperfection of our strategies and actions.

In general, we want a classification and relational system that can take us from Goal and Objectives (things people and the business want to do) to Solution Activity (the things we as a business decide we need to do)…  but we want that to run along a Value pathway and filter it through a Strategic context.

I’m after a system and flexible structure that connects and relates implementation activities, user goals, business objectives, and value propositions such that:

  • It is far easier to manage and understand how we add value with our solutions
  • We can easily deal with the constantly changing and evolving value landscape
  • We are able to better capture, preserve, evolve ideas, ultimately marshaling them to implementation
  • We ensure that all implementations are goal-centric and value focused

There is much more to work out in this model, but this feels right conceptually.