The Art of Strategy: Glossary

Explanation of key terms and symbols

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Wardley Map terms, symbols and meaning. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Terms

Accord

Agility

Anchor

Appreciation

Appreciation and Leadership

Assessment

Business

Capability

Climate

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Classification of Climatic Patterns. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Command

Command and Control

Commodity

Competition

Competitor

Component

Conditions

Context

Control

Correlative Pair

Custom built

Devious

Devious — Direct

Direct

Doctrine

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Classification of Doctrine. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Domain

Ecological Resilience

Engagement

Engineering Resilience

Environment

Expected

Expected — Surprise

Flow

Fluid

Foreknowledge

Formless

Formless — Setup

Fragile

Gameplay

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Classification of Gameplays. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Genesis

Harmony

Inertia

Innovation

Interface

Landscape

Leadership

Map

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Visual, Context specific depiction of Position and Movement with compass as Anchor. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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The difference between a map and a graph. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Mapping

Mission

Momentum

Monitor

Movement

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Characteristics of Components to determine Movement. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Need

OODA Loop

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OODA Loop: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Illustration: John Boyd

Organization

Position

Product (including rental)

Punctuated Equilibrium

Purpose

Resilience

Resilient

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Resilience is a combination of Engineering Resilience and Ecological Resilience. Source: C. S. Hollingand Simon Wardley. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Robust

Setup

Shaping

Situational Awareness

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Different aspects of Situational Awareness in an Organization. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Stage

Stakeholder

Strategize

Strategy

Strategy Cycle

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The Strategy Cycle. Source & Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Strategy Deployment

Strategy Development

Strength

Strength — Weakness

Surprise

System

User

Utility

Value Chain

Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA)

Wardley Map

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Example of a Wardley Map. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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A Wardley Map of Wardley Mapping. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Wardley Mapping

Weakness

Wardley Map Symbols

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Wardley Map terms, symbols and meaning. Illustration: Simon Wardley (swardley, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Art of Strategy: All Parts

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