Archive for June 13, 2011

Boyd’s Essence of Winning and Losing

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Books, Events

Call-in Book Discussion recorded on July 27, 2011Panel discussion on John Boyd’s OODA Loop (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) with Lenny Greenberg of Assistyx and Venkatesh Rao, author of Tempo and the Ribbonfarm blog, Francis Adanza of LeadFormix, and Sean Murphy of SKMurphy. They shared how they have consciously applied the OODA process to business situations. View record session

“Essence of Winning and Losing”

by John R. Boyd

This article provide a good introduction to “OODA Loop”: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Decision makers gather information (observe), form hypotheses about customer activity and the intentions of competitors (orient), make decisions, and act on them. The aggressive and conscious application of the process gives a business advantage over a competitor who is merely reacting to conditions as they occur, or has poor awareness of the situation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop

http://pogoarchives.org/m/dni/john_boyd_compendium/essence_of_winning_losing.pdf

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  • http://fasttransients.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/essence_of_winning_losing.pdf
  • Background  http://dnipogo.org/john-r-boyd/
  • Background http://dnipogo.org/strategy-and-force-employment/boyd-and-military-strategy/

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Book Club July 13 Community of Practice

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Books, Community of Practice, Events

Book Club For Business Impact Call-in Book Discussion recorded on July 13, 2011

Matt Childs, Dave Horner, Francis Adanza,and Sean Murphy review and discuss two Communities of Practice articles. They share example communities that they value and the key insights from the articles. Matt and Sean also share how they look they at running several communities.

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Two Community of Practice Articles

Communities of Practice – a Brief Introduction

by Etienne Wenger

http://www.ewenger.com/theory/index.htm

Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge – Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice

by Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/2855.html

These articles provide a good introduction to what communities of practice are and why business leaders find them useful as an approach to knowing and learning..

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