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I like ducks, they're fowl but not through choice
I like ducks, they're fowl but not through choice

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What is an expert
(draft) I often see examples where people add characteristics to a map or use new definitions for one of the axis. There's nothing wrong with this and I want to encourage people to explore. One recent effort by Manish has the axis as Rookie to Expert which ...
What is an expert
What is an expert
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Rebooting GDS
(draft) There has been a lot of chatter recently about rebooting GDS (Government Digital Service). Don't get me wrong, GDS has made some mistakes but many of them were actually my fault. I made some terrible assumptions in writing the "Better for Less" pape...
Rebooting GDS
Rebooting GDS
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On Playing Chess
Chapter 19 (rough draft) On Stepping Stones Manipulating the environment to your advantage is the essence of strategy. In the case of Fotango, we understood our competitive environment and that we were losing the battle in the online photo service business....
On Playing Chess
On Playing Chess
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Better for Less
Chapter 18 (a very rough draft) All change please In early 2009, I met Liam Maxwell. That name may not mean much to you unless you work in Government but he has been an influential figure in government technology throughout the world, a strong advocate of m...
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Better for Less
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To Infinity and Beyond
Meeting a spaceman (draft) I was working on the use of printed electronics within a paper book (think of an interactive book which looks like a normal book) when I got that phone call from a friend  about "this guy who really wants to meet you". I was curio...
To Infinity and Beyond
To Infinity and Beyond
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Blue pill or red pill?
The strategy cycle is one of those simple mental devices which hides a world of complexity. On the surface, it's all about observing the environment (the landscape and climatic patterns which impact it), orientating around it (the doctrine or principles we ...
Blue pill or red pill?
Blue pill or red pill?
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Is my diagram a map?
Let us take a systems map It is visual and context specific (being a system diagram of an online photo service and not a self driving car). It has components and the relationship between components. We also have the flow of information (blue line) between c...
Is my diagram a map?
Is my diagram a map?
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The book so far
Writing is not something I find comfortable. Lately I've been consumed with putting together a book on mapping. It's getting there. Slowly. Chapter 1 —  On being lost An introduction into the concept of situational awareness and the strategy cycle. Chapter ...
The book so far
The book so far
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Round, round, get around, I loop around
Chapter 16 (draft) The LFP example is based upon a real-world event. I say “based” because I usually take time to disguise the actual event to protect any guilty parties. In this case, the haphazard and stumbling CEO was ... me. The variations to the real w...
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On the practice of scenario planning
Chapter 15 (draft) One difficulty that people face with the Phoenix scenario outlined in the previous chapters is the question of role. It’s not unusual to look at the scenario and its corresponding plays such as “pig in a poke” and ask what happens to the ...
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