Tag Archives | agile strategy design

Going and Doing: how do we decide to stop or keep on travelling? If you can tie your horse to a thistle the land is fertile, if not move on.

Transit hub or destination; Going and Doing

Going and Doing I notice that I have two distinct modes of operation. Going and Doing. Going to a destination where I need to do something and Doing something at the place I arrive at. These are the two basic sub-routines that manage my existence. Sometimes, when I am busy, I will arrive somewhere in […]

Artisan bread - a strong attraction for a Digital Nomad

Attracting the Digital Nomad

What is a Digital Nomad? I thought I was a Digital Nomad; empowered by mobile communications, mobile computing and app-based platforms. I thought that doing my emails, writing a blog and studying a document I had been asked to review – at the beach – was the height of digital freedom. Until I met a […]

Lava Land - where people had to become Lava men and women

Economic Attraction – is there chemistry in Brighton & Hove?

Defining Economic Attraction one ‘segment’ at a time In last week’s Weekly Blog I questioned the relative importance of a place having economic attraction (being attractive) as well as having specific attractions. I think that Brighton & Hove City needs more of both. But what is attractive to one person may not be so attractive […]

Common plantain holds grasses at bay with its innate land and expand strategy

Land and expand. How agile is that strategy?

Land and expand  is a common strategy in situations where success is directly linked to the number of personnel deployed. Land and expand is everywhere In nature plants such as plantains (see this week’s cover picture) use this effectively, spreading out horizontally to block light from the surrounding grass as it competes for air, water […]

Tree Root Fungus - symbiotic collaboration or competition?

Collaboration or Competition? Which strategy for prosperity?

How do I see the backdrop? I think that collaboration was once a dirty word. Proposing collaboration suggested that your organisation was weak and not competent to succeed on its own. It became more acceptable as the European Union research programmes actively promoted pre-competitive research through collaborative projects. I think this was about improving the […]

Ruthless wild flowers are met with careful treatment by walkers.

Ruthless and Careful – can they co-exist in our business decision framework?

How careful and how ruthless are we in our day-to-day business decision-making? Careful Do we take ‘reasonable care’ when we make decisions? If not, we might be threatening our organisation’s insurance premiums. After all, the shareholders and compliance authorities will want us to have acted competently, considering the options and assessing relative risks. They will […]

Backlit puff-ball clouds fill the twilight sky on Solstice night

Solstice already?

The Solstice marks the longest day, The summer solstice means the longest day has passed and we start the journey into winter. Already? It always catches me out. Just as we are starting to celebrate the warmth of the cusp between Spring and Summer – that’s it – daylight reductions from here on in. As […]

A Birthday stone for Blog

Happy Birthday Blog – Thanks for reading

Well – here it is and without having to pay a royalty on the birthday tune; Happy Birthday Blog! Yes, the ASD-Ltd Blog is a year old. I don’t recall the exact date of the first one but my stats page tells me that this is post number 54 and at one per week plus […]

The end product of 20 minutes of creative glee

Creative Glee

When was the last time you experienced creative glee? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Can’t remember? Or – Creative Glee! What? I’m referring to the experience we have when a creative endeavour just comes together and the words flow or the paints glide or the form emerges from the sculptor’s block. It may have taken lots of patience […]

Elegant Design - a pedestrian area outside St Paul's in London

Elegant Design

I do like an elegant design. For me, examples of elegant design include: My kitchen table crafted from solid French Oak. My Apple devices (iPad and iPhone) just amaze and inspire me. Flint walls. A flower arrangement. Certain aspects of car design. My Philippe Stark citrus fruit juicer. My company logo (Thanks to Puree Design). […]

The old Goldstone Pump House is a metaphor for new chapters opening after each year-end.

Year-end update – Agile Strategy Design Ltd

As we slide into the financial year-end, I’m reflecting on the exciting projects that we have been involved with over the last 9 months and how this has created opportunity for Agile Strategy Design® & Business Decision Design® in the year ahead. Shortly after I set up the company I did an agile strategy design […]

Sustainable design is at the heart of our aspirations.

When is a new design sustainable?

‘ sustainable ’? What does that mean? Does it mean the same as ‘green’… and if so what is green? Perhaps it means something like; Being capable of being created and maintained through its life without damaging the ‘environment’ around it? I wonder about the various dimensions of sustainability and whether they are really relevant to […]

I know the planets orbit around the sun

Let’s play ‘ I know …’

I was relaxing with my ‘insights’ coach… Let’s play ‘ I know ’ he said…. ‘ I know ’ is a game where one of you picks a topic and offers for the other person to start (if they don’t want to go first then the nominator starts). You then take it in turns to […]

A Business Update is a chance to examine the fine grain detail of our work

Business Update – Agile Strategy Design Ltd

I thought it would be interesting to share a Business update on the Weekly Blog, partly as an exercise in transparency and partly as a learning exercise from the reflection and analysis involved. Beginnings… June 2015 saw the incorporation of the company, underpinned by a really ambitious piece of agile strategy design work. It was […]

Repetition in patterns adorn the Alhambra palaces

Repetition, repetition: indoctrination or inquiry?

We went to Granada – beautiful city – and we ‘did’ the Alhambra palaces and gardens on a clear, bright, sunny afternoon. Lots of impacts for me from the architecture and the décor. Great use of light and shade. Finely detailed carvings in wood and stone even in the dark nooks and crannies where the […]