Researcher Simon Wardley derived the Pioneer, Settler, Town Planner (PST) concept from Robert Cringely's Accidental Empires as an organisational model for how to support repeated, long-term innovation. It transforms traditional organizational structures into cell-based organizational structures.
Topographical maps have been essential throughout history in helping communicate location, identify resources, and dictate movement across physical landscapes for centuries. Simon Wardley is an expert in a different kind of mapping — the kind that helps businesses to succeed in a shifting landscape of technology and value. It’s through these strategies that Wardley has revolutionised how businesses map their processes, in order to create more effective and efficient business structures.
Data, data, data. We've all heard about it. It has become a hot topic in just about every news cycle. It has allowed companies to create more targeted and personalized marketing campaigns than ever before. Its misuse is the basis for multiple ongoing lawsuit. It is seen as one of the most valuable resources on the planet. And there is a strong argument for it. However, many businesses are making the mistake of thinking that the data they are collecting and the way they are structuring it is going to help them with innovation. Data, on its own, doesn't cut it. You need more.
Good ideas power the world. But a good idea isn't enough to create change in the world. To create something new, something world-changing, a new idea has to take a form that fits the needs of enough people. Ideally, at least in a business, enough people who want to pay for it!
What is Agile?
The ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment.
Agile Development isn't new, it's been around since at least the mid-1990s, so you've probably heard of it. But although many people agree with the idea of Agile, we've found that very few people understand it.
At the IC we like to pride ourselves on being good “brand guardians”: we want clients to know that they can trust us with an engaging and beautiful design of their website and maintain consistency with their existing visual identity, one that has sometimes been more than a hundred years in the making.
Clients regularly come to the IC because their existing websites can't be upgraded anymore. The sites were built in Drupal or Wordpress from a few internets ago, and for some reason the automatic upgrades to the latest version won't work, meaning the site is stuck in limbo. Worse, those old versions are now insecure, and have either already been compromised by malware, or are at risk of being compromised any day now. The same clients also notice the speed of website development slowing, and costs going up. So what's going on?