If you look at how our brains are wired, an enormous amount of capacity is dedicated to visual processing: recognition, pattern detection, etc. While everyone's preferred thinking modes may differ, there's no arguing the appeal of a powerful visual image when you're trying to communicate -- hence the absurd popularity of infographics et. al.
Similarly, there's also a certain appeal to board games that involve journeys. I spent a lot of time doing that when I was a young sprout, as maybe you did too. Both notions are applicable here.
As some who spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about more efficient communication of complex ideas, I was immediately struck by this graphic, which came my way via Mark Lawson of EMC's Global Services group.
It's an interesting representation of the "IT transformation journey". Mark's particular practice involves conducting workshops for transforming IT teams. He needed some better tools, and here you have it.
While there are those out there who might quibble on the details, there's no argument about its communicative power.
In one simple graphic, it appears to be a very efficient tool to get a large number of stakeholders to conceptualize a shared set of concepts and sequences. And, when it comes to IT transformation, job #1 appears to be getting everyone on the same page on what lies ahead :)
I wanted to share it (here in full PDF glory) as I've met many customers who are looking to communicate their vision more effectively to progressively wider audiences. And I think this is defintely worth sharing.
And, of course, if you have any questions, we'd be more than happy to have a chat :)