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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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.

Achieving Strategy Breakthroughs by Enabling the Operational Workforce

Achieving Strategy Breakthroughs by Enabling the Operational Workforce

Are you developing a strategy but are unsure where to start, what to rely on, and who to engage when driving a business, organization, or agency forward? Start by enabling the operational workforce. The workforce includes those who are executing daily tasks and operations of the many programs within an organization. Enabling the workforce gives them authority, allowing them to access their full potential to achieve desired results, and helps the Government develop, communicate, and implement strategy.

Greater Washington Innovation Awards Selects Arc Aspicio as Nominee in Professional Services Category

Greater Washington Innovation Awards Selects Arc Aspicio as Nominee in Professional Services Category

Arlington VA, March 14, 2018 — The Greater Washington Innovation Awards chose Arc Aspicio to participate in their showcase as a nominee for the Professional Services Innovator of the Year Award. This prestigious event gave Arc Aspicio employees the opportunity to present their innovative methods for solving the Federal Government’s most complex challenges.

Arc Aspicio Named 2018 Washington D.C. Corporate Culture Winner

Arc Aspicio Named 2018 Washington D.C. Corporate Culture Winner

Arlington, VA, February 19, 2018 — CEO Report chose Arc Aspicio as a Washington D.C. Corporate Culture Award Winner for 2018. An independent committee grants the award to companies that focus on empowering employees and fostering a work environment that is both creative and collaborative. Winners of the Corporate Culture Awards are leaders in using company culture as an asset for growth.

Lean Strategies: Workforce Engagement and Retention in the Federal Government

Lean Strategies: Workforce Engagement and Retention in the Federal Government

Across the Federal government, agencies and programs have been tasked with building, training, and retaining the workforce needed to serve the American people. Public-sector leaders have been struggling with the right approach to this challenge, but we are now seeing more and more agencies turn to implementing private industry ’lean’ methods as a potential solution. Lean strategies aim to identify and improve an organization’s pain-points by following a set of principles and techniques focused on minimizing risk, optimizing cost and quality of processes, and engaging employees to deliver value-added benefits and improvements aligned to the organization’s mission and goals.

Architecting the Arc Aspicio Employee Experience

Architecting the Arc Aspicio Employee Experience

Human Resources (HR). What comes to mind when you hear “HR”? Hopefully, it’s positive! While most people would answer with “processing paperwork, administering benefits, onboarding and paying employees, etc.,” HR in 2018 is so much more. As the Association for Talent Development argues, HR is about being an “experience architect.” It can transform the employee experience.

Building Data Analytics Capacity in Your Organization: Centralize or Decentralize?

Building Data Analytics Capacity in Your Organization: Centralize or Decentralize?

As threats evolve and technology reinvents how we perform work, the Government must continue to find solutions to increasingly complex and multifaceted problems. Thanks to the expanded availability and relevance of data, agencies are now equipped with more resources to make accurate fact-based decisions surrounding these complex issues. As agencies make increasing use of this data, they need to determine whether to implement a centralized or decentralized analytical structure.

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

We’ve all been there, a moment in a past job where you ask yourself if your work really matters. You are approaching mid-career and what matters more to you now is seeing your work make a difference. I knew that I wanted to spend more time “doing” homeland security, rather than writing policy memos about what other people were doing. With this mindset, I walked into my interview with Arc Aspicio four years ago. My question for my interviewer—how do your people make a difference every day?

Arc Aspicio Launches “Our Story” and Launches Updated Website

Arc Aspicio Launches “Our Story” and Launches Updated Website

Washington, DC, February 12, 2018 —Arc Aspicio published a blog series and updated its website to focus on the story and history of the company. “Our Story” starts from the beginning and shows key accomplishments and milestones along the way.

Lynn Ann Casey founded Arc Aspicio with a small team of people that wanted to influence and shape the Homeland Security consulting industry for the benefit of the Federal Government and the people it serves – the American public. As the company has grown, it has remained focused on the its core values; to put the mission first, build trust with one another, be innovative, solve difficult problems, and invest in its people.

Learning by Doing: Discovering DC through an Arc Aspicio Internship

Learning by Doing: Discovering DC through an Arc Aspicio Internship

I chose to attend college in Washington, D.C. because as an eager, politically-motivated young woman, I couldn’t imagine a city with better opportunities. Now entering my final semester at the George Washington University (GWU), I realize that even my highest hopes for a life in D.C. couldn’t compare to what I found once I got here. With nearly every government agency headquartered within metro distance, there is an internship for every calling.

Letting Employees Dive In

Letting Employees Dive In

What do you want to be when you grow up? The truth of the matter is, I’ve never wanted to answer that question. I’ve never been someone who felt tied to one particular activity or career path (and I have a disgruntled high school guidance counselor who can vouch for that). What I did know coming out of college were two things: I wanted to solve problems facing our country and I wanted to continue learning.

Transforming the Acquisition Process, Together

Transforming the Acquisition Process, Together

As threats evolve, the Federal government acquisition process must keep pace and even get ahead. Federal acquisitions remain driven by systems that have been in place for decades. Challenges exist within the agencies, and between government and industry, in awarding contracts. The complex nature of acquisitions leads to higher costs, slow procurements, and sometimes minimal innovation.

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering talent with potential has been a focal point of the Arc Aspicio since its founding in 2004. As a consulting firm, Arc Aspicio is in the talent business. We invest in people at all levels (including our interns) who show promise and potential, and help them grow the skills they need to be successful in consulting (or in an internal specialty role in our fun and very busy office).