What is a vodel?

A Vodel is a portmanteau of the words Visual and Model. It is defined by the ability to see the model either explicitly or through mental imagery.

The distinction is required because a model does not necessarily mean it is visible. Take for example a mental model. A mental model is not visible to others, but you can make it visible by explaining it’s constituent behaviours and rationales - the what and the why.

  1. If you can represent a model visually, then it would be a Vodel.
  2. If cannot see a model visually due to its abstract nature, it can still be a Vodel if it is visible to other person through understanding.

When the transfer of understanding is complete - the behaviour has been Vodelled in someone else’s mind.