Getting started with Wardley Maps

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In this interactive workshop, we will explore the topic of Wardley Maps and how you can use maps pragmatically to develop software systems and IT landscapes. Wardley Maps are evolving strategy maps that create context-specific situational awareness of software systems (and more). They provide a place to communicate complex issues: How do business and systems relate? Where do we build something ourselves, what do we reuse from others, and what do we outsource completely? What development practices and processes do we use to do this? We create Wardley Maps for these kinds of questions to better understand our situation. And more! With a map, we can also plan where to go. For this, Wardley Mapping offers us a rich fund of signposts for navigating and tips for dealing with legacy issues.

Level of difficulty: Beginner


09:00 am - 5:00 pm CET/CEST (incl. 1 hour lunch break and 4 x 10 minutes break)

  • Learn the basics of Wardley Maps (components, value chain, relationships, evolution)

  • Classify your situation with climatic patterns, doctrine, and strategic moves

  • Visualize and discuss the evolution of software systems

  • Relate effects of team organization, process models, and software quality to the evolution of software systems

  • Learn about application examples of Wardley Maps in software modernization


People who feel responsible for developing complex software systems on different hierarchy levels, such as developers, architects, project managers, IT managers, and decision-makers.

Requirements: Interest in visual communication, not afraid of practical exercises, some knowledge of IT systems (and their challenges).

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Markus Harrer


Software Analytics, software modernization, initiator cards42

Markus Harrer is a software engineer who’s passionate about improving the way we do software development. He specializes in the analysis of software data such as source code, application performance data or version control repositories to show the underlying problems of the symptoms we face on the surface. He is an active contributor in communities on the topics of Software Analytics, software architecture, software modernization and Java. He is also an accredited trainer for the iSAQB Foundation Level and the Advanced Level Module IMPROVE.

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Strategische Spielzüge

Mit einer Fülle von praktischen Spielzügen und Fallbeispielen zeigt dieses Buch, wie sich Unternehmen mit ihren Softwaresystemen gegen die Konkurrenz behaupten können. Leserinnen und Leser erhalten wertvolle Anregungen für die Umsetzung von Strategien, um ihre Software nachhaltig weiterzuentwickeln. Zum Buch

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