Introduction: What is strategy and why do you need it?

The Art of StrategySun Tzu’s Art of WarJohn BoydSimon Wardley (swardley)

和 (Hé) Harmony. Erik Schön (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The is a short introduction to strategy through the insights of three successful strategists: Sun Tzu (c. 551–496 BC), John Boyd (1927–1997) and Simon Wardley (swardley).

It is a modern reading of Sun Tzu’s — the strategy classic written…


It’s All About the Journey

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Come along with me through the experiences and insights from the ups and downs of an Agile journey in a 2,000+-person product development unit in 10 locations in Sweden, Poland, and China, resulting in
a quadrupling of value throughput; a doubling of speed; a tenfold increase in quality; and happier, more engaged people who are, ultimately, more innovative.


Sections 74–81

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’sTao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

74. Fearing Death

Lao Tzu

If people are unafraid of death,
how can you threaten them with death? …


Sections 67–73

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

67. Compassion, Frugality, Modesty

Lao Tzu

Everyone calls purpose
great, and unlike anything else.

It is great only because
it is unlike anything else.
If it were like anything else
it would be small.

There are…


Sections 62–66

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

62. True Reward, True Giving

Lao Tzu

Purpose is the center of everything:
prized by the able;
sheltering the lost.

Beautiful words can be traded,
noble deeds can enhance reputations,
if people lack them,
why reject them?


Sections 56–61

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

56. The Original Unity

Lao Tzu

Those who know
avoid talking.
Those who talk
are unaware.

Block the passage,
bolt the gate,
blunt the sharp,
unravel the tangles,
harmonise the light,
blend with the dust.

This…


Sections 50–55

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

50. Truly Set on Living

Lao Tzu

In the cycle of life and death:
companions of life are one third,
companions of death are one third,
one third are set on living, they slide from life to…


Sections 44–49

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

44. Knowing What is Enough

Lao Tzu

Reputation or person: which is dearer?
Person or possessions: which means more?
Gain or loss: which hurts more?

Thrift comes at great cost.
Hoarding leads to heavy losses.

Know what…


Sections 38–43

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

38. Effectiveness

Lao Tzu

The most excellent avoid striving to excel
and so reach the highest effectiveness.
The least excellent strive to excel
and so are without effectiveness.

The most effective avoid pressure and…


Sections 31–37

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The Art of LeadershipLao Tzu’s Tao Te ChingKent Beck (All Parts).

31. A Great Victory is a Funeral

Lao Tzu

Weapons are terrible things,
they are hated.
Therefore, avoid them.

At home, honour the left.
In war, honour the right.

Weapons are terrible things,
only to be used as a…

Erik Schön

Executive and strategist who has successfully developed and deployed strategy for over 20 years in small, medium and large organizations.

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