The Art of Strategy: Acknowledgements
What is strategy? Why do you need it? How do you do it? And, how can you be more certain to succeed? The Art of Strategy provides timeless answers to these eternal questions. It is a modern reading of Sun Tzu’s Art of War using the lenses of strategists John Boyd and Simon Wardley (swardley). (All parts; other reading and viewing formats).
This interpretation of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War stands on the shoulders of the following brilliant scholars, researchers and translators who have wrestled with transforming the Art of War through time and space: Andrew Zieger, Bengt Pettersson, the Denma Translation Group, Derek Yuen, James Trapp, John Minford, Jonathan Clements, Lionel Giles, Michael Nylan, Ooi Kee Beng, Peter Harris, Ralph Sawyer, R. L. Wing (Rita Aero), Roger Ames, Samuel Griffith, Thomas Cleary, Thomas Huynh and Victor Mair.
The Art of Strategy was inspired by Bob Marshall’s Product Aikido — a rendition of the US Marine’s Warfighting Manual in the light of non-violence and fellowship. Chet Richards’ master classes, talks and writings have helped me immensely in understanding John Boyd’s briefings.
I am forever thankful to Simon Wardley (swardley) for generously sharing, teaching and building a community around the innovative and valuable way of visualizing strategy and strategizing known as Wardley Mapping.
Hisayo Oki’s calligraphy has added another dimension to each part and with deep gratitude I thank her for transforming Sun Tzu’s wisdom into art.
And, I remember gratefully:
For valuable feedback on content and structure, Aidan Molloy, Akhilesh Chadha, Anne Lundbergh (alundbergh), Björn Sandberg, Chet Richards, Christer Hanefalk, Cliff Hazell, Damon Skelhorn, Francois Herrault, Gábor Oláh, Grigori Milov, Holger Gelhausen, Jabe Bloom, Julius Gamanyi, Marc Burgauer, Mark McGrath, Nadja Macht, Rod Leaverton, Staffan Nöteberg, sue borchardt and Yoko Schön for valuable feedback that helped me improve both content and structure.
For energizing encouragements and for spreading the word, Alistair Cockburn, Andi Roberts, Anna Sandell, Antoine Buteau, Arne Roock, Beatric Düring, Ben Ford, Bengt Nyman, Benjamin Mosior, Björn Tikkanen, Bob Marshall, Brian Byrne, Brian “Ponch” Rivera, Brigitte Pfeifer, Casey Rosenthal, Chieko Yahagi Lundberg, Chris McDermott, Christopher McCann, Corey Foy, Daniel ZivKovic, David Holl, Davy Benoot, Dipti Singhal, Esat Artug, Eugene Teo, Eyal Yaniv, Florian Meyer, Francesco Cesarini, Frida Mangen, Gaurav Agrawal, Girish Kumar, Goran Skugor, Gösta von Stebut, Graham Boyd, Gudjon Mar Gudjonsson, Hans De Leenheer, Harprit Singh, Henrik Kniberg, Henrik Mårtensson, Henrik Taubert, Håkan Forss, Indra Gunawan Naumira, Isabelle Svärd, Jakub Stafa, James Heys, Dr. Jamie Schwandt, Jan Höglund, Jan Martin Mikkelsen, Jaysonborga, Jeff Sussna, Joakim Manding Holm, Joanna Wrona, Joanne Astley, Johan Nordin, Johannes Nordh, Jon Agust Arason, Jonas Jaconelli, Jonathan Dupré, Jonathon Fletcher, Jorge De Flon, Jorn de Vreede, Justin Kotze, Karen Martin, Karl Scotland, Kate Crawford, Kenneth Wingårdh, Larry Zhong, Popovics László, lauris.muzikants, Leandro Ostera, Leslie Macpherson, Linda Franzén, Ludovic Claude, Luis Herrera Benitez, Magdalena Pokorska, Mahlin Standar, Manuel Rubio, Marc Habenicht, Marco Manca, Marcus Guest, Marcus Hammarberg, Maria Ericsson, Maria Kristiansson, Mario Lucero, Mark Gilbert, Mark McCann (Mark), Mark Menzel, Markus Andrezak, Martin Burns, Martin Shelford, Mary Poppendieck, Mason L'Amy, Matthew Skelton, Mattias Åhlander, Max Luka (MaX Y. Y.), Mayank Dhingra, Mia Kolmodin, Michael Göthe, Michael Litton, Michał Mazur, Michel Löhr, Mike Rother, Mina Boström Nakicenovic, Monica Madrid Costa, Morgan, Nasser Ghanemzadeh, Nick, Nicolas Pelloux-Prayer, Niklas Angmyr, Nikos Batsios, Nuno Rafael Gomes, Ola Berg, Ola Ellnestam, Olivier Duquesne, Pablo Lischinsky, Paul Morgan, Patrick Oké, Patrick Ruess, Pawel Kaminski, Pete Cohen, Petter Weiderholm, Piotr Gamracy, Prasanna K, Quentin Hartman, Reda Hmeid, Retha Prinsloo, Reza Nazarian, Richard Brillantes, Richard Veryard, Ritika Mittal, Rixt Wiersma, Rob England, Robert Wünsch, Rui Vale, Ruth Malan, Sebastian, Sean Horgan, Shane Steinbauer, Shireesh Kurapati, Simon Almström, Simon Wardley (swardley), Srinivasa Vivek Jothiprakasam, Stephan Willemse, Stuart Whitfield, Takateru Shimbori, than naingoo, Thomas Huynh, Thomas Ploch, Tomas Björkholm, Tomas Tulka, Treston Hawkins, Tunde Lawal, Ulf Lindberg, Vadym Kazulkin, Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga, Victor Sollerhed, Woody Zuill, Xavi Pérez, Yves Stalgies, Zach Denney, Zeljka Zotra and Zoltan Danko.
Remaining unclarities and inconsistencies are entirely my responsibility — looking forward to further feedback for improvements!
The Art of Strategy: All Parts
- Assessments: How to assess, prepare and shape
- Challenges: How to use and reduce inertia, entropy and friction
- Success: How to succeed together with stakeholders
- Setup: How to create resilience
- Momentum: How to use creativity focus and timing
- Shaping: How to shape and avoid being shaped
- Engagement: How to engage using surprise
- Adaptations: How to adapt to shifting situations
- Movements: How to move to optimize momentum
- Landscape: How to approach difficult areas
- Situations: How to handle difficult situations
- Disruption: How to disrupt and avoid being disrupted
- Intelligence: How to use intelligence to create foreknowledge