Identifying the touchpoints between customer and businesses is the first step in creating products and services that provide true value. The use of systematic, visual representations expose previously unseen opportunities for improvement and for growth.
There are many names for such diagrams: customer journey maps, experience maps, mental model diagrams, and more. The term “alignment diagrams” describes them all as a category of deliverable that shares a common fundamental principle: aligning the user experience with business processes.
Accordingly, alignment diagrams have two parts: one capturing customer behavior and the other reflecting business processes. The overlap of these two parts reveals the interaction between them. By visually aligning the user’s experiences with the business offering, providers are better able to highlight the points where value is created.