This page describes the organizational forces that limit change.  It explains how to overcome them when necessary. 

Power& tradition holding back progress
This page uses an example to illustrate how:
  • A business can gain focus from targeting key customers,
  • Business planning activities performed by the whole organization can build awareness, empowerment and coherence. 
  • A program approach can ensure strategic alignment. 
Be responsive to market dynamics
This page uses the example of HP's printer organization freeing itself from its organizational constraints to sell a printer targeted at the IBM pc user. 
The constraints are described. 
The techniques to overcome them are implied. 
Overcome reactionaries
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Web frames

The adaptive web framework (AWF) event processor generates sets of web pages grouped together by a common theme.  The grouping of pages, called a frame, explores the different aspects of the theme.  This page aims to contribute to the development of the vision theme.  Other frames of the common place, a format of note book where multiple areas of interest were recorded, described, cross referenced, and iteratively developed over a period of time.  John Locke's common place method's cross reference included an index 'hash chain' linking themes, such as 'money' to the pages where the themes were discussed.  Steven Johnson explains how the idea of a common place book inspired Tim Berners-Lee's design for the world-wide-web.  Walter Isaacson notes Leonardo da Vinci's use of a 'zibaldone' or common place book.  Charles Darwin also used the format in his note books. 
web can be reached by clicking the across-frame navigation tabs. 

Each page of a frame aims to include only information, and links, relevant to the specific focus of the web page.  A frame of pages allows different points of focus to be constructed, each linked together to provide the reader with a paced and, hopefully, comprehensive perspective.  Other pages of a frame can be reached by clicking the within-frame navigation buttons. 

Code listings, most of which are in the
This page introduces the programs that the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF) develops and uses to deploy Rob's Strategy Studio (RSS). 
The programs are structured to obey complex adaptive system (CAS) principles.  That allows AWF to experiment and examine the effects. 
A production program generates the web pages. 
A testing system tests the production program.  It uses a framework to support the test programs.  This is AWF's agent programming framework as described in the agent-based programming presentation. 
An example of the other AWF agent-based programs that are also described in the frame is the virtual robot. 
Finally a strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats assessment is presented. 
Perl frame
, follow the frame conventions.  When a perl subroutine is core to the focus of a page it will be present and linked to from the rest of the Perl in the page.  If it is not part of the focus it will not even be linked.  It may still be present in another page of the frame where it is part of the focus. 

When a page within a frame uses an idea from a different frame the idea will be linked once so that the reader can see the definition of the idea.  In particular other frames often reference ideas from the complex adaptive system (
This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory provides an organizing framework that is used by 'life.'  It can illuminate and clarify complex situations and be applied flexibly.  It can be used to evaluate and rank models that claim to describe our perceived reality.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents.  It highlights the constraints that shape CAS and so predicts their form.  A proposal that does not conform is wrong. 

John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
) theory frame.  The first time such an idea is used it will be linked to the page in the theory frame where the idea is defined.  By sticking to that definition we aim to avoid the introduction of suitcase-words have multiple attached meanings which encourage us to think in different ways about the word.  Suitcase words are reviewed by Marvin Minsky. 
.  These are words with multiple attached meanings.  Marvin Minsky explores suitcase-words within The Emotion Machine where he suggests the multiple definitions aid in creativity.  Here we aim to support taxonomy. 
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This page looks at schematic structures and their uses.  It discusses a number of examples:
  • Schematic ideas are recombined in creativity. 
  • Similarly designers take ideas and rules about materials and components and combine them. 
  • Schematic Recipes help to standardize operations. 
  • Modular components are combined into strategies for use in business plans and business models. 

As a working example it presents part of the contents and schematic details from the Adaptive Web Framework (AWF)'s operational plan. 

Finally it includes a section presenting our formal representation of schematic goals. 
Each goal has a series of associated complex adaptive system (CAS) strategy strings. 
These goals plus strings are detailed for various chess and business examples. 
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This page uses an example to illustrate how:
  • A business can gain focus from targeting key customers,
  • Business planning activities performed by the whole organization can build awareness, empowerment and coherence. 
  • A program approach can ensure strategic alignment. 
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