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Organizational Cartography

The Org Mapping Framework is a 2-dimensional representation of the primary ontologies that are used to build models for any organization. Capabilities are typically used as the glue that helps create the alignment, however there are many relationships (overt & subtle) that exist across any organization and those will need to be instantiated from the base model (Reference Model built within a Graph DB) to bridge them in specific organization instances.

Over time, patterns will emerge and those can be included in the reference model as these relationships become stable (predictable) across horizontal & vertical areas (capabilities) in an organization and across organizations.

Capability Map (L1)

Represents the high level domains for most orgs. Each Capability represents a domain = bounded area of operational responsibility, problem & decision making, data, information, knowledge, and execution). Note: Domains typically aggregate as they are bounded by the organization’s hierarchy. (see below)

Capability Map (L2 - L5)

Is a working master map of lower level capabilities that can be used as a set of accelerators for building out a Biz Arch Model in a Graph DB.

Strategy Map

Provides a simple 3-5 layers showing vision, goals, objectives (1-3 levels) with a lightweight


Scenario Map

Provides a list of common business scenarios that organizations typically need to address. This is important for showcasing how scenarios can be used to inform the relationships captured in the Biz Arch Model.

Organization Map

Flattened representation of an organization’s hierarchical reporting & decision making (ownership). When mapped to the Capabilities, this reveals areas of structural misalignment and potential gaps in domain ownershipHeat MapDisciplined approach for establishing prioritization for addressing gaps in capabilities. (Note: This is why we need to align with the Strategy Map)

Biz Model Map

Core Functional areas (Capabilities to maintain consistency that map to Organization Map). Eg. R&D > Product Dev > MFG > CommercialSupporting Functional Areas (same as above, only these exist to serve the needs of the Core

Biz Canvas Map

Flattened representation of Osterwalder's Canvas using Capabilities

Operational Map

These are the value streams commonly referenced in Biz Arch & Six Sigma. They represent the large x-functional processes that are used to build and deliver value to customers (and stakeholders)

Lifecycle Map

These are the core lifecycles used to guide DESIGN for products, services, and systems (increasingly part of everything that runs an organization).


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