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Have a look at our Brick Diagrams.  We didn't get broad traction for using them as an on-going planning tool though they pop back up periodically.


Each link in the Taxonomy list is to a brick diagram.  Some are more mature than others.  The format worked well for our discussions.  We didn't have a mature framework to actually use them for governance.  Creation of the diagrams was pretty easy.   Our CFO and COO are still interested in following-up with the brick diagram practice.

Here is the higher lever jump-off page that talks a bit more about the Brick Diagram practice:  


And some lessons from the exercise:


The things we captured that you don't have are the future looking bits:  what do we think is on the horizon 2 years out and what things are we watching because they might disrupt the space.

Jim


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John,
Thanks for sharing.  I have put something similar together with one additional column to indicate the direction we want to go in or emerging technology. 
Cheers,
Kasia


Hi,

A simple and well-known model like the Gartner tolerate-invest-migrate-eliminate (TIME) would seem to fit what you have and the columns discussed (albeit with different column labels).  It is intended for applying to a technical project portfolio, but you can probably easily fit your supported technologies in such columns.
The other dimension you have - preferred vs accepted - seems like a fine line.  Tactical vs strategic is a stronger dichotomy and better conveys where your technical leadership/consensus is heading against the backdrop of what you must use in the short-term.  I prefer these strong labels, as in the brick digrams, but you could use the tolerate and invest cells already in the TIME classification.  This one-dimensional tool could be a start and be easiest for your non-technical/casual audience.  Once folks provide feedback/appreciate a managed approach to supported technologies, further discriminations could be presented.

Cheers,
Brian

On 07/09/2013 04:34 PM, Kasia Azzara wrote:
John,
Thanks for sharing.  I have put something similar together with one additional column to indicate the direction we want to go in or emerging technology. 
Cheers,
Kasia


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