Top 2 reads of the year

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1. Wardley Maps

About situational awareness and strategic planning. This includes, why maps matter, how to map, some common economic patterns useful for prediction, common forms of doctrine and the concept of context specific gameplay.

Video: https://vimeo.com/189984496

Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/swardley/an-introduction-to-wardley-maps

2. Boiling frogs

GCHQ’s internal Boiling Frogs research paper on software development and organisational change in the face of disruption – https://github.com/gchq/BoilingFrogs

The pace of disruptive change is increasing, from the rise of cloud technology, social business, the Internet of Things and others. We feel it as much as other government departments and so we offer this internal research paper publicly, not to present policy or guidelines, but to stimulate debate.

So why the title “Boiling Frogs?” The story goes that if a frog is placed in a saucepan of cold water, which is slowly heated, the frog adapts its body temperature to the changing heat of the water and gradually goes to sleep. The frog goes to sleep at 40 ˚C, unaware that at 100 ˚C it will boil! However, if the frog is placed in already boiling water it immediately jumps out to safety.

p.s. other people who made a significant influence – http://agilemindstorm.com/2015/05/12/people-that-made-great-impact-on-my-thinking/

Network structure – choose the one you like

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Looking for a way how to organise work in your company? Than i would suggest getting yourself familiar with these works:

  • Organize for Complexity by Niels Pflaeging. http://www.organizeforcomplexity.com 
    • Niels has managed to distill the essential components of organizational development, leadership, and management into a single, short, clear volume that is easy to read and understand
  • Wirearchy by Jon Husband. http://wirearchy.com
    • Organizing principle for interconnected participative era. Implications for biz models, org structures, leadership & mgt. development
  • LiquidO by CocoonProjects. http://liquido.cocoonprojects.com
    • The original “liquid organisation” model for governance, born from direct experience within Cocoon Projects and in use in a growing number of for profit and not-forprofit organisations willing to get liquid.

Inspired by these people i with my team came up with practical implementation of some ideas that we believe will help us to:

  1. Focus on value
  2. Adapt to fast growth
  3. Keep everybody engaged and collaborative
  4. Remain fast and handle bottlenecks