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Playing Chess with Companies

Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)
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In this tutorial we will examine :-

  1. Why most companies have little or no actual strategy
  2. The problem and causes of misalignment within a company.
  3. Why we tend to one size fits all solutions from insourcing vs outsourcing to agile vs sigma to push vs pull.
  4. Why we tend to rely on truisms that lack data – for example, culture eats strategy for breakfast.
  5. Why companies get disrupted by highly predictable change.

Using examples, we will explore how the core problem of the above is poor situational awareness. The tutorial will then introduce the concept of business mapping, the main patterns of economic change and how this can be used to your advantage.

Through the use of mapping attendees will learn how open can be effectively used as a competitive weapon, how ecosystems can be built and exploited, how organisations evolve and how changes such as big data, cloud, 3D printing were all highly predictable.

With examples from billion dollar heavy engineering projects to Governments to software companies such as Canonical, the tutorial will demonstrate how mapping can be used to rapidly change the fortunes of a project, reduce costs and outplay competitors with startling results.

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Simon Wardley

Leading Edge Forum

based in the UK, works for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a global research and advisory programme. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of strategy, economics and new technologies.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and was voted as one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in IT in ComputerWeekly’s poll in 2011 and 2012.

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Simon Wardley
07/22/2014 2:54am PDT

A cut down slide deck with bubble notes can be found here –