ActionMap Overview and Key Values

Accelerate Project Results

Weak shared understanding and alignment are some of the biggest sources of project risk 
Strong shared understanding and alignment are
the foundations of project success

Rapidly create detailed, effective, doable and committed-to action plans supported by strong shared understanding, alignment and commitment to take action.

Create high-impact work products that can be exported to PowerPoint and Excel for broad distribution and use in other methods.

A more detailed map example is shown below at this anchor

“Results in Hours and Days
instead of Weeks and Months”™

ActionMap uses a proven method to systematically create these results with the highest quality in the shortest time

How Do ActionMap Workshops Support Culture?

ActionMap rapidly and reliably creates
strong shared understanding
(“getting everyone on the same page”)
ong staff and stakeholders
of each other’s work, interests, concerns and ideas

Increased shared understanding of the work helps staff understand:
– the purpose of the work,
– how they produce value together,
– how they belong to a common team,
– how they can contribute to the organization

Sharing process models with staff helps them:
-feel respected, cared about and engaged,
-be more focused and productive,
-talk about their work more easily and effectively with their coach/managers


– helps the organization adapt processes more closely to the “whole person” needs of the staff

What are ActionMap Services?

ActionMap Inc. provides:
– Projects
– Workshops
– Training
– Subscriptions
based on the ActionMap® Toolkit™ software application.

What is the ActionMap Toolkit Software Application?

ActionMap is a SaaS application for conducting fast-paced, high value online process-oriented workshops.

The application provides step-by-step guidance for leading a group through a compact method for process knowledge sharing, review and improvement.

What are ActionMap’s credentials?

The ActionMap method has been proven in over 100 workshops with organizations including these:

Why is ActionMap different?

A major differentiating feature of ActionMap is that it diagrams processes at the “transaction” level of detail.

“Transactions” show the movement of real “stuff”: information, money, energy, goods and simple actions, from one place or entity to another.

Process mapping at this level of detail is fast, highly engaging, easy to follow and quickly creates a strong shared understanding of the overall process.

ActionMap combines process mapping at the transaction level with capturing “Evaluations”, comments that support engagement, motivation and direction.

Capturing evaluations encourage meeting participants to express their feelings, values, interests, informed judgements and creativity, balancing the objective, analytic aspect of the maps.

Evaluations are linked to specific map parts wherever possible, which keeps them focused and actionable.

ActionMap produces work products in PowerPoint and Excel, allowing ActionMap to provide an “on-ramp” to more complex methods.

What are ActionMap Projects Like?

Typical Multi-Workshop Project Roadmap

Delivered via 2-hour online workshops with key stakeholders

Many variations in the typical roadmap can be delivered
(including “design as you go” after the initial workshops)

“Breakthrough” insights and alignment for focused problem solving and decision-making can often be achieved in one or two “map and evaluate” workshops.



Map and evaluate the current operation, and prioritize the evaluations (Evaluations = goals, issues, change ideas and notes).

Create shared understanding and alignment among stakeholders about tasks, concerns, interests and ideas

For focused problem solving and decision-making, one or two “map and evaluate” workshops may be enough.


Brainstorm how to address the high priorities, and convert the brainstorming ideas into action plans

Create commitment to take action on effective, doable action plans.

Planning may jump to detailed work in Excel or other tools depending on the results of each of the following workshops.

What is Core Value of ActionMap?
(the “Secret Sauce”)

The core value of ActionMap is “Increased Shared Understanding”.

ActionMap accelerates the capture, development and sharing of stakeholders’ knowledge of their tasks, values, ideas and plans.

The “secret sauce” of the ActionMap method a set of proven procedures and formats to quickly, thoroughly and accurately capture personal tacit knowledge and transform it into shared explicit knowledge.

This explicit, detailed shared understanding is a powerful “foundation resource” for accelerating all other process-oriented work

To test that, ask what happens when you don’t have it, and consider how long it takes to create it using conventional methods

Where can ActionMap be applied?

The “shared knowledge building” of the ActionMap method has been applied to a wide range of purposes.

Who “are” ActionMap?

ActionMap services are delivered by Jim Johnson, Co-founder of ActionMap Inc., a small, highly virtual consultancy and software provider based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Jim’s career includes over 40 years of:
– IT development, management, support and sales
– Tier 1 consulting business development and account management
– IT performance management and compliance
– Professional meeting facilitation.

Jim has a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, where he served as student body president. 

For more details about Jim see Jim’s LinkedIn profile here:

What are other unique strengths of ActionMap?

ActionMap reduces the time required in everyday meetings to produce high quality collaboration results.

ActionMap addresses a large underserved market for process services needed by small and medium sized businesses and departments in larger organizations.

How is ActionMap Software Priced?

Value Accelerator Package Summary

    • A subscription to the ActionMap® Toolkit™ SaaS application for conducting high-impact online process workshops
    • 30 day free trial, $24/month, $49/quarter, $98/year
    • Free online training – learn the mechanics in under an hour
      (includes training in the “manual” version of the method)
    • Optional training and coaching sessions
    • Using the software in workshops
    • Applying the workshops to business development and projects

The Difference is in the Demonstration

We provide extensive descriptions of the ActionMap method and its benefits and uses, including sample engagements and detailed free training, at and

However, the key value of the ActionMap method is that it creates a unique, highly engaging learning experience. That experience can best be appreciated through a demonstration of the method on a subject that you are interested in now.


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