Some people have remarked that building their first metaphor map is an astonishing experience:

“I never thought I’d get anything out of working with those guys.  We’d been on different sides of most issues for as long as I can remember.  Sometimes it was pretty intense.  But we got put together in the workshop and right off the bat things changed.  The four of us had to build a map of today’s situation and we had some trouble figuring out where to start.   The other groups had to build the same map but they looked like they knew what they were doing.  We finally got the idea of it and developed a great map we were proud to present.  I didn’t realize it at first, but we had agreed on what all the problems were.  A bit of tough discussion but in the end we saw things the same way.  We didn’t work together on the later maps but we talked at breaks and things are different between us now, better.”