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.

Reinventing Strategy

Reinventing Strategy

Since the GPRA Modernization Act in 2010, agencies across the Federal Government have raced to establish new Strategic Plans in response to incoming Presidential Administrations and agency leaders. Developing a new Strategic Plan is incredibly exciting for an agency. Leaders can redefine priorities, frontline managers can improve mission performance, and employees can better engage with the mission. Strategy, however, is so much more than just a Strategic Plan.

Running IT Like a Business: How Technology Business Management is Shaping the Future of Federal Agencies

Running IT Like a Business: How Technology Business Management is Shaping the Future of Federal Agencies

As the Government continually looks for ways to increase efficiency and encourage innovation, Information Technology (IT) is emerging as a solution to these needs. Recent Federal guidance mandates all agencies to adopt a new framework for better understanding IT costs. Technology Business Management (TBM) is a framework that incorporates IT departments into the overall business network, shifting away from treating IT as an independent unit. This provides a clear way to evaluate and manage IT, running IT as a business and communicating the value of new IT investments.

Behavioral Science – Using Behavioral Science to Effect Action

Behavioral Science – Using Behavioral Science to Effect Action

How do organizations encourage behavior change in their customers? Increasingly, they focus on customer experience, and as a consequence employ behavioral science methodologies. At the heart of behavioral science is the consideration of how an organization can make small investments that generate incremental savings/returns while considering both customers and organizational benefits. One example is Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre✓® and U.C. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry programs.

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

As a new employee, your first company-wide meeting can make you nervous. This was how I felt.

Arc Aspicio’s recent Strategy Launch Day was so well planned and it involved participants so that I learned that I had nothing to worry about! The company treats each employee equally and equips even the newest joiners with the information and skills they need to have a meaningful experience

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

As a Consulting Associate at Arc Aspicio, I provide expertise and insight to help clients solve difficult problems. To be successful, a consultant does not need only to be a subject matter expert on their client’s industry and needs - though this often ends up happening over time.

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

So often, senior leaders must communicate their strategic and simple vision in a world of growing complexity. They must make decisions – and frequently explain them – based on an enterprise view of their data. It’s getting easier to do this these days through data visualizations and infographics that speak to specific employee and stakeholder audiences. Design+Data is what we call it at Arc Aspicio.

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

With an exponential increase in the types and quantities of data, organizations need defined strategies and techniques to manage data as an enterprise asset. To create enterprise-wide use of data, a Chief Data Officer (CDO) needs a clear data agenda for leadership and the whole organization to address current and future needs. CDOs should follow this six-part data plan to achieve short term capability gains and plot a path to greater enterprise data maturity.