September 5, 2013
The Art of Scientific Strategy
Strategy presumes that having a given position will allow a certain capability to decisively create a critical difference.
This means that activities for acquiring and aligning positions and capabilities must predictably progress to necessary levels of achievement. And, the achievement must occur within an opportunity (time, money, pace of change, and trajectory of change) that is rationally associated with the defined type and purpose of the target difference.
Applying scientific method to generating position and capability will be highly sensible; typically it is the only way that the efffort will be found accountable...
At the same time, some essential characteristics of art -- including conceptualizing, composing, and directing -- will be part of identifying the desired future state (the strategic outcome) as well as part of identifying the form of the organization that carries out execution for the strategy. This is largely because "change" will continually occur and pressure the intended efforts, making "resourceful invention" the most important mode of action to be available on demand.
Resourceful invention includes practices of arrangement and orchestration that capitalize on demonstrable characteristics of compositional elements and patterns. For most observers and practitioners alike, the skill exhibited is improvisation, which builds progress on the fly within the focus of a goal but through a dynamic re-imagining of constraints. Increasingly, strategy must be conceived as an improvisation; however, mature artists know that high quality improvisation is not possible without prior command of basic reference-grade forms.
As long as the future must be made instead of received, there will be art in scientific strategy.
The extended discussion of the artful aligning of strategy, capability and performance is in the archestra content portfolio and can be requested by email.
(c) 2013 Malcolm Ryder / archestra
Posted by Malcolm Ryder at September 5, 2013 8:40 PM