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