Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners – How Innovation Works

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 21 Aug 2018

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.

What is the Pioneer, Settler, Town Planner Concept?

With roots that tie into the methods of Chinese War General Sun Tzu and U ...


How Can the Wardley Value Chain Mapping Method Help Your Startup?

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 16 Aug 2018

Geneticist turned CEO Simon Wardley uses his copious research skills to craft better ways his company can strategize and develop. One of his favorite methods of tracking current processes and forecasting their development can help your startup, too. His take on value chain mapping turns  a simple flowchart creation into a tool for organizational learning and change, as well as ...


Who is Simon Wardley? And how can he help your business?

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 14 Aug 2018

https://leadingedgeforum.com/publication/the-future-is-more-predictable-than-you-think-a-workbook-for-value-chain-mapping-2336/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 ...


What Is Jobs-To-Be-Done Theory?

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 7 Aug 2018

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 ...


Innovation, Startups & Being an Entrepreneur (or Intrapreneur)

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 15 May 2018

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!

Technology and startup culture has transformed the ...


Agile Development

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 1 May 2018

What is Agile?
The ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment.

The Agile Alliance 

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 ...


Launching: The Scots College Old Boys' Union

Written by Fabian McDonald
Published on 20 Mar 2018

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.

And so it was with the website ...


Just Launched: The 21st Biennale of Sydney

Written by Dr Alastair Weakley
Published on 16 Mar 2018

With some delight we’d like to announce the launch of the new website for the 21st Biennale of Sydney. The project has been a creative collaboration between The IC and renowned, Seattle-based, design practice Civilization.

Mobile screenshots of the Biennale of Sydney website - Homepage and Artist Page

Tablet screenshot of the Biennale of Sydney website - What's On Page

The meat of our work was in building a flexible content entry system that respects and enables the design, while also accommodating the intricacies ...


Best Django and Tech Links of Jan 2018

Written by Anton Terry
Published on 15 Feb 2018

Our developers share cool links with each other – about Django, Python or web stuff. Every few weeks, we share them with you.

  • This is an interesting and very nerdy blog post, with the clearest overview of Python’s descriptor and method-binding magic I’ve ever read: Object models
  • Despite being fans of REST APIs, this article is an excellent outline ...

Great Website Development is just like Gardening

Written by Dr Alastair Weakley
Published on 13 Feb 2018

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 ...


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