It’s always easier to get to your destination if you’ve got a good map. This is just as true in business transformation as when you’re on a walk in the countryside. 

Let’s examine how to create a transformation map, why you should use one, and what it should contain.


A transformation map helps you plan strategies to achieve your goal

A transformation map, or T-map, is a visual way of representing the goal and strategic planning process. As such, it’s an important component of a business transformation journey, comprising all the elements needed for successful change.

It differs from a transformation dashboard in that dashboards are more detailed. They help track progress against the priorities, activities and metrics set down in the T-map.


Benefits include clarity, communication and flexibility

Transformation maps help you agree, communicate and track the components of your strategic planning process with stakeholders. They’re a stable point to return to, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

We can summarise three of the most important benefits as:

  • Clarity – the absence of a clear vision is one of the reasons why a transformation project can fail. A T-map includes the actions, activities, milestones, timelines, results and impact of your initiative, thereby delivering that clarity
  • Flexibility – a T-map is valid for a project of any type and length
  • Communication – the visual nature of a T-map helps communicate clearly and quickly, which is essential in promoting collaboration and motivating the team


Creating a T-map needs a team effort

The team driving and implementing the change must be the team that creates the map. This gives them a stake in its implementation and success.

First, create the team of stakeholders before this team produces the map. You can use tools like a RACI matrix to help choose this group. The next step is to run a workshop to agree goals, themes, actions and timelines, and to generate the map.


Your map should contain these five components

A completed transformation map will include:

  1. A statement of your organisation’s current state or way of working
  2. The ideal future state or transformation goal, preferably with quantifiable metrics attached
  3. Timelines for stage and project completion
  4. Key targets across the whole map or within each workstream
  5. Indicators to track your progress


Example of a transformation map showing progress of an initiative

Example of a transformation map, showing progress of an initiative. Source: BusinessOptix

Source: BusinessOptix

Update your map as you go along

Once you’ve agreed the T-map, set out the next steps and share these with your stakeholder group. Using a portal like BusinessOptix means everyone can access the most up-to-date version.

While the project is in progress, the map is a live document. You should regularly review it, tracking and updating progress, and making adjustments if necessary.  But when the project is finished, close the map and create a new one for the next project.


Ready to find out more?

This article is adapted from a more detailed BusinessOptix white paper. The full version includes sample graphs showing the insights the platform can provide: download it here.

The BusinessOptix platform was designed to help you implement best practice in business transformation, including the creation of T-maps.


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