“Agile... is an attitude, not a technique with boundaries. An attitude has
no boundaries, so we wouldn’t ask “can I use agile here,” but rather “how would
I act in the agile way here?” or ”how agile can we be, here?” – Alistair Cockburn
To address the challenges of strategy in open, loosely joined networks, we have designed a simple strategy process that harnesses our collective intelligence and creates a shared commitment to act.
We use Strategic Doing to confront complex challenges and “wicked problems”. These are deep challenges that are always shifting, with no quick answers.
Our first step is to stop seeing our challenges as “tame” problems that can be easily solved. We have been spending too much time trying to fix old systems, rather than designing novel solutions for “what’s next”.
Strategic Doing enables people to form action-oriented collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way. It yields replicable, scalable, and sustainable collaborations based on simple rules. If you’re interested in becoming more skilled in your use of Strategic Doing, our training and certification series is for you.
The Strategic Doing approach might be one of the most effective ways of implementing change on campus. It is outcome driven, but more importantly, it is adaptive. Our diverse team of faculty and administrators have pivoted many times because of the continuous feedback that we analyze and plug back in into the decision making process.
In neighborhoods besieged by complex, wicked problems, Strategic Doing creates hope through the power of taking action with the assets or gifts that we already possess. In that moment when we combine assets we begin to tell a new story of opportunity and possibility. Strategic Doing gives us the power to change our lives, our neighborhoods, and our communities.
Decision-making in higher education institutions is infamously slow, with multiple layers of approvals and an emphasis on the need for new resources. Strategic Doing's focus on what we could, should and will do with the existing talents, resources and authority of the people in the room at the time breaks people free of that limited“ thinking and helps them move forward in real time.
The result of the cooperation fostered through Strategic Doing for us has been development of a new initiatives without adding any overhead or administrative costs— every resource comes from linking and leveraging our existing strengths.
Economic development is the identification of local assets for growth and leveraging them through collaboration. The best methodology I have seen in twenty years for achieving this is called Strategic Doing.