Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Part Deux: The feedback cometh. Wojciech Korsak of Explorer Consulting

Part Deux: The feedback cometh. Wojciech Korsak of Explorer Consulting

Wojciech is based within Poland and services the business needs of the knowledge management arena within the EU zone. A master of his approach to Visual Business Management, his skills sets are numerous and he has established himself and his associates as the go to place for all things graphical Business Management.


In answer to: The Evolution of the Visual Mapper (Part Deux)?


Do you believe the Visual/Knowledge mapping arena has experienced a measurable advancement since the publication of the original article?

If yes: what do you believe have been the most relevant advancements?

IMO, undoubtedly "yes"; elements such as:
  • Cloud sharing
  • Cloud co-working on same document
  • Internal calculations
  • Advanced filtering
  • Tagging topics (very important in my work)

These are all key element advancements that indicate we've moved forward as Knowledge Mappers.

Further: the flexibility viewing in various formats allows the user freedom to present knowledge in different ways to graphically communicate the connections between topics. This option is very useful to present topics as diagrams, and not merely as a typical mind map structure.

Most importantly we are exchanging data. It's so convenient to view topics and maps in various output formats: mind maps, process maps, Gantt charts, metro maps, info graphics, sales dashboards,... A most excellent example is CS Odessa's ConceptDraw Office; the engineered balance of: MindMap, Project and PRO independent yet interdependent products is genius.

If not: what have been the most notable failures of advancement?

What are the consequences for the arena based on advancements and/or failures?

To be frank; we must and have moved forward from mere hand drawn visual representations of information and knowledge. Of course you have the ultimate choice between hand or digital based solutions.

In my work, as a Knowledge management consultant; I approach business knowledge using various graphical formats to assist, coach and teach business managers to begin handling and expressing their data, information and knowledge in graphical formats. Static diagrams have their place, but interactive sales dashboards, knowledge bases, projects dashboards; they hold the future within database file architecture environment.

Are we there yet as a mainstream addition or alternative to established productivity tool-sets?

Well there's many interesting formats that provide solutions knowledge management.

IMO there's 3 main groups of users.

[1] Classical mind mapping users (Tony Buzan hand drawn)
[2] Software mind mapping that has morphed into the multiple graphical formats of Visual Mapping
[3] Database use with a graphical bent who us multiple IT solutions to create, manage and present knowledge

To shock you; I actually use 15 unique software and cloud products to accomplish my approach to Visual business management. So it all depends on who and what needs to be presented: it may be simple static diagrams or interactive knowledge bases.

How do you envision the future of Visual/Knowledge mapping arena

Well I hope we'll arrive at, as Gregory Zhukov CEO of CS Odessa states, “A common file format”. I really do hope, as my colleague Wallace Tait hopes for too, as it would enable the presentation and exchange of data, information and knowledge so much easier. Many of my clients confirm the need and want of a common graphical knowledge database. For me as graphical dashboard junky, this would be a users dream come true.

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