This very resonates with me. I've seen too many times people using a template, or worse, are forced to use a template, and just fill it out like a form.

Templates and their connected methods are there to guide through structured thinking. And to make thoughts explicit. But if people concentrate on the document they missed the point.

That's why I'm a big proponent of low-effort mapping. A group sees their different world-view, can agree quickly on their version of 'What's important now?' and then go back to create things.

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Nice point. I also like visual approaches like those you noted because they can make it so much more obvious when people do not understand each other, despite using the same words.

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