Agile Strategy – Strategy with Action in Mind

Agile Strategy – Strategy with Action in Mind

We use a traditional approach to conduct a structured analysis of missions, stakeholders, value chains and process flows, technology, and the workforce to inform holistic capability-based improvement options. We help clients to articulate their performance aspirations and align solutions to mission and organizational improvement needs.

Design Thinking enables us to develop intense insight into the often-unspoken needs of constituents, users, and stakeholders and to apply iterative approaches to evaluate innovative solution options to meet these needs. We embrace the uncertainty associated with challenging problems and manage development risk to create solutions in close collaboration with our clients and stakeholders.

Agile techniques then enable us to focus quickly on the areas that matter most to clients and stakeholders, creating rapid momentum and Speed-to-Mission in critical performance areas.  We gather information quickly to rapidly diagnose challenges and create ideas based on a “just-in-time” mindset to drive quick wins and successes that inspire longer-term implementation.

Our skilled consultants use our design-focused strategy method to quickly customize a strategy to a client’s core needs and define a roadmap for action. Our strategy projects are action-focused. We leave our clients with practical action plans, or we can help them implement solutions in an agile, iterative way that provides immediate benefits to their workforce and stakeholders.

Strategists are constantly advising clients of the need to adapt their processes and methods to meet the realities of new technologies, challenges, and evolving customer/constituent demands. 

But, how often do strategists follow that advice themselves? As the solutions they recommend have evolved, most strategy approaches have not changed appreciably in decades.  As a result, strategy efforts often take too long to enable the outcomes desired or do not reflect the most pressing mission needs of Federal organizations.

At Arc Aspicio, it is our strategic priority to change the way we provide strategy consulting services to our Federal clients. Why? To help them quickly make transformational decisions that can be implemented in an agile and flexible way, with empathy for their stakeholders and Federal employees.

We have created a new, adaptable Strategy Method that embraces and incorporates:

  • The rigor, experience, and best practices of traditional strategy approaches
  • Intense customer empathy and iterative design approaches of Design Thinking
  • Applicable mindsets and techniques for flexibility from Agile software development to implement strategic initiatives
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Contributors

Dave Stahlman |

Dave brings over 20 years of experience in helping government agencies, non-profits, and commercial organizations improve mission performance and organizational efficiency.  Dave has focused his consulting career in developing solutions related to business strategy, organizational analysis and improvement, and performance-based decision-making. He is adept at identifying the key issues facing organizations-- whether they be must-have mission capabilities or internal organizational pitfalls-- and designing holistic, integrated, and effective solutions to address them. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Dave links approaches for structured innovation with extensive experience in making innovative ideas practical and actionable. Before joining Arc Aspicio, Dave spent more than 18 years with Accenture’s Federal practice leading strategy and organizational improvement efforts while also guiding large transformational programs. Dave has also served as a civil servant for the Department of Defense and in uniform as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy.

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

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General Services Administration Awards Arc Aspicio Professional Services Schedule

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Arlington, VA, January 10, 2018 — The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded Arc Aspicio the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) 00CORP in October 2017. This Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) schedule provides direct access to complex fixed-price or labor-hour professional services, including business consulting solutions.

The Resilience Spectrum for Emergency Management

The Resilience Spectrum for Emergency Management

The modern world is mired in uncertainty. When is the next terrorist attack? The next hurricane? The next nuclear threat? There are numerous complex risks that face the United States daily, and it is the job of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to choose the best way to counter them. To do this, it’s best to focus on resilience. However, rigid resilience practices such as implementing a “one-size-fits-all” response to threats are not effective, as they can sustain undesirable systems, oppose change, and disregard power relationships such as the benefit of authorizing tribal, local, and state authorities to tackle security challenges.

Day in the Life of a Project Leader

Day in the Life of a Project Leader

Around 6am the light in my room comes on low and gently, slowly brightens until reaching daylight strength. By 6:30, the artificial sun in the corner of my room tricking my brain into thinking the actual sun has risen, I’m awake. I go into the bathroom and begin my morning routine. This early in the day, my routine is essential to me actually getting ready and out the door by 7:30. Once I get to work, the routine is over.

Mr. Roboto: Your Newest Coworker

Mr. Roboto: Your Newest Coworker

Could your next cubemate be a robot? Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX founder, is building our future coworkers and forming a world filled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) that could “beat us in just about everything,” including our jobs. As Musk attempts to create a real-life iRobot, many advantages and a possible partnership arise with this future. How can the Government and Homeland Security prepare and welcome new technological advancements?

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Understanding the types of data available, gaining access to the right data, and making sense of data are daunting tasks for most organizations as they develop a strategy to meet mission demands and enterprise-wide goals. Data is especially challenging for the Government, yet provides the opportunity for insight for leaders as they strategically move their agencies forward.