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Management: perspective and practice
Management: perspective and practice

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4.8 The Verdasys rich picture

This example of a rich picture comes from Emeric Miszti, Vice President of Enterprise Information Protection at a computer security software company based in the USA, with offices and clients across the world. The company works with large, often multinational, organisations to help them to improve their computer security processes.

Activity 10 The Verdasys rich picture

Miszti drew a rich picture of how he is able to capitalise on an opportunity presented by clients he meets with every day. His rich picture depicts the complex work that Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) manage and how he helps these clients to improve their data security systems (right click on the image below and then click Play to watch the slideshow with audio).

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As you can see, the issues that Miszti discusses are quite complex, involving many different stakeholders. There is scope for both potential problems and opportunities in these issues – and the rich picture helps to illustrate how each of these is related to the other. It is also interesting that, after doing the rich picture, Miszti found that he would have made ‘data’ the centre of his picture rather than the CISO.

Drawing rich pictures is very much tailored to individual situations. The Further reading section of this course also provides links to a YouTube video of someone describing their rich picture and other information for using visual illustrations to develop and depict organisational issues and solutions.

Throughout this section, you will discover different methods for thinking creatively about your work and associated management issues. In the next task, you are asked to try out one of the methods discussed in the CPS material.