Where does your journey with GIS begin: have you asked yourself that question? It begins with the problem. Too often GIS conversations start with the technology.
Getting Started with GIS
When we start working with customers we worry about the technology last. We start with GIS Discovery. This discovery phase is the key part of any GIS implementation. This phase is first focused on the problem in need of a solution. And second evolving the story. Where you are today, what challenges do you face, and where you would like to be tomorrow are key parts of this early conversation.
The Discovery phase has two parts:
Define the Problem
Start with the problem. Do you understand in detail your (or your organizations) challenges or problems? Can you clearly define these problems? For example:
– We need to understand better our insurance risk. Where for example are the homes we are insure which are in high risk areas?
– We are putting in place our disaster management plan, and need a software solution to help manage, analyse and display our data.
– We need to replace our map books with a centralised mapping system.
Evolve the Story
Story evolution is as much art as it is science. With a clearly defined problem, next comes discussion around today and how tomorrow might look. When we work with customers this often involves generating a map which includes client data, and sitting down together with this map and brainstorming. We ask questions like:
– How do you do this now?
– If you had this would that make this task easier?
– Why is how you are doing X today such a problem?
– What is you do nothing?
The Discovery process is a deeper dive into the problem. This process is all about understanding challenges in more detail. It stimulates ideas, and can reveal areas not initially considered. This step provides the details needed to put in place a solution plan.
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