I recently had the opportunity to contribute some Venn diagrams to a piece in Information Week. As some of you know, I sort of dig Venns. So, it was a great experience and I came away with all sorts of ideas and a nudge to get back to writing.
My first thoughts when I read the draft of Coverlet Meshing’s piece were just around how much I agreed with him. And then a little despair over all the organizations I’ve worked in and for that have created boundaries of ownership. They were only trying to make sure nothing fell through the cracks, but they destroyed overlaps. Those overlaps are where the really important customer experiences live and where most companies’ CX visions need to be implemented. While I love working on software that integrates to bridge the gaps, I know the success of those products will be realized only when companies change.
Another idea that came to me as I was building as Venns flew back and forth over email, was how useful the exercise of creating them could be to channel planners. Much of my love for Venns come from how useful they are in client presentations for explaining the concept of “synergy” with out having to use the awful word. Now, I think I could have used them as part of the planning process itself. Place my channels in the big circle, my goal in the center, and plan my channels (and transitions/overlaps) toward that goal.
I’m going to come up with a realistic blogging goal and try to put a little more flesh on each of these ideas. For now, I’m really just thrilled that I got to be a part of this conversation.