The empathy map play helps a team develop experience-centered insights into specific kinds of stakeholders. Empathy maps are most useful when created about a specific persona. The concept for the empathy map was originally created by Dave Gray, and it has become a popular tool in the worlds of Agile Management and Design Thinking.
Empathizing with your stakeholders by imagining what they think, see, hear, and do
Step 1: Choose a Stakeholder and Interaction
You should also choose a specific interaction with this stakeholder for this play. If there are multiple interactions your team wants to explore, you should fill out a separate empathy map for each one.
Step 2: Diverge
Use a tool like Post-Up to generate a divergent list of ideas for each category of the empathy map. The categories are:
- What does the stakeholder THINK and FEEL?
- What does the stakeholder SEE?
- What does the stakeholder HEAR?
- What does the stakeholder SAY or DO?
- What are the OPPORTUNITIES this stakeholder is seeking?
- What OBSTACLES are getting in the stakeholder’s way?
Step 3: Converge and record ideas
For each category, select the ideas the group thinks matter most and record them on the Empathy Map chart. It may be helpful to use a Converge play to do this, such as Cloud Grouping or the Five Finger Test.