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Show me a map!
A Geographical map is a map A Chessboard is a map A Wardley maps is a map They all have the most basic elements of a map which are visual, context specific, position (which requires an anchor e.g. compass, the board or user) and movement of the components. ...
A Geographical map is a map A Chessboard is a map A Wardley maps is a map They all have the most basic elements of a map which are visual, context specific, position (which requires an anchor e.g. compass, the bo...
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More of, Less of and Nation States.
Many years ago, I talked about how organisations evolve  caused by a particular cycle known as peace, war and wonder (an economic counterpart to Holling's adaptive renewal cycle). This cycle is caused by an interplay of evolution from competition, co-evolut...
Many years ago, I talked about how organisations evolve caused by a particular cycle known as peace, war and wonder (an economic counterpart to Holling's adaptive renewal cycle). This cycle is caused by an interplay of evolut...
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Observing impact
I've been running an experiment for the last few months, looking at how mapping changes gameplay. I've taken 181 executives through a basic mapping course (i.e. you learn how to map, learn basic economic patterns, basic forms of gameplay) but before I do, I...
I've been running an experiment for the last few months, looking at how mapping changes gameplay. I've taken 181 executives through a basic mapping course (i.e. you learn how to map, learn basic economic patterns, basic forms...
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Recruiters and daisy chains
The only recruitment firm that I would ever consider using is Superstars . It's run by a dear friend of mine Steve Hutson  who I've known for last fourteen years. Steve used to work in the mainstream recruitment industry but began to loathe it because of it...
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Stopping Self Harm in Corporate IT
If you've worked in any corporation for a time then you will have come to realise that it's not the Darwinian, survival of the fittest, lean and mean chess playing machine that exists in the fantasy land of Harvard Business Revenue (ed. sounds more apt than...
If you've worked in any corporation for a time then you will have come to realise that it's not the Darwinian, survival of the fittest, lean and mean chess playing machine that exists in the fantasy land of Harvard Business R...
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Why most businesses aren't playing chess and aren't generals.
When you start playing chess, you quickly discover there's a lot of learning to be done from the rules, to the gameplay to even your competitors behaviour. What is absolutely central to this learning is the board itself. When you look at a board, it has cer...
When you start playing chess, you quickly discover there's a lot of learning to be done from the rules, to the gameplay to even your competitors behaviour. What is absolutely central to this learning is the board itself. When...
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What I'd like to see from Brexit - part one of many.
Following on from my post of less of, more of regarding nation states - I'm firmly in the "more of" camp and would like see Brexit taking this direction. As I said I have my own strong biases here. Figure 1 - Nations States I thought I'd write a few posts a...
Following on from my post of less of, more of regarding nation states - I'm firmly in the "more of" camp and would like see Brexit taking this direction. As I said I have my own strong biases here. Figure 1 - Nations Stat...
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What makes a map?
Topographical intelligence is ultimately a mechanism of communication and learning, but what makes a good map? The first thing a map has to be is visual and context specific. Figure 1 - Visual & Context Specific. But then any box and wire diagram is visual ...
Topographical intelligence is ultimately a mechanism of communication and learning, but what makes a good map? The first thing a map has to be is visual and context specific. Figure 1 - Visual & Context Specific. But ...
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How Cloud Foundry will save the world from Yak Shaving
I'll make no bones about the fact that I'm a huge fan of Cloud Foundry. It's the right play, by the right people at the right time. Despite all the attempts to dilute the message over the last eleven years, Platform as a Service (or what was originally call...
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Wardley's Doctrine
Whenever examining an industry then there is the landscape, the common economic patterns and the context specific forms of gameplay that need to be used to determine strategy. However, these are context specific and vary from industry to industry and player...
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Strategy, Plans and World of Warcraft.
Your plan is your general direction of travel and what you intend to achieve. It describes the goal and your purpose for a mission whether you "plan to win the war" or "plan to take a building". The battle (whether military or in business) will occur in a l...
Your plan is your general direction of travel and what you intend to achieve. It describes the goal and your purpose for a mission whether you "plan to win the war" or "plan to take a building". The battle (whether military...
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http://www.thestrategybridge.com/the-bridge/2014/2/13/sun-tzu-clausewitz-thucydides-its-only-a-lot-of-reading-if-you-do-it <- just came across this and find it very much to the point -- esp. with regard to Clausewitz, whom I dragged myself reading cover-to-cover in his native tongue and that this does help so much providing a good strategy, but rather helps spotting a bad one. Each and every charge of the light brigade prevented is a Good Thing, I guess.
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On Europe
In the near future, I have to vote on whether I wish the UK to remain within the European Union. I love Europe but then I'm biased because I’m European. I’m British and always will be. But this is not a question of identity but of Union. It’s also the first...
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Researcher focused on competition between organisations.
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