RSS Web Frame
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

This web frame explores very significant example real world complex adaptive systems (CAS).  It explains how the examples relate to each other, why we all have trouble effectively comprehending these systems and outlines the items we see as key to the system and why.  By understanding these summaries you can better frame the interdependencies of important events such as war in Iraq, new iPhone releases or a cancer diagnosis and see how they are impacting you. 

Example Systems - Beginners start here

Examples of real complex adaptive systems (CAS)

EXAMPLE real world complex adaptive SYSTEMS (CAS)
Beginners can start here.
Items include:
Economic boom & bust, Voltaire's disruptive network, superorganisms, libertarianism and tools.

In this page we explain how to use the site. 
There are two main starting points:
  1. The example systems frame and
  2. The presentation frame. 
  3. And then there is how we use the site. 
The site uses lots of click through.  That's so that you can see the underlying principles that are contributing to the system being discussed.  We hope that as you internalize and reflect on the principles the system should appear in a new light.  At this site clicking is good!
suggestions using strategy to solve problems

Help and OPPORTUNITIES

How to and other OPPORTUNITIES
How best to use the site and other opportunities discussed.
Can't quantify your problem?
Take a look at the strategic alternatives.

This page introduces the complex adaptive system (CAS) theory frame.  The theory is positioned relative to the natural sciences.  It catalogs the laws and strategies which underpin the operation of systems that are based on the interaction of emergent agents. 
John Holland's framework for representing complexity is outlined.  Links to other key aspects of CAS theory discussed at the site are presented. 
Overview of Strategy

Want a summary of our take on strategy?

THEORY of complexity and strategy
An introduction to the key ideas.
Items include:
Parallel action, production & control, SWOTs, indirection, models, adaptation & environmental impact.

This page introduces a series of asymmetries which encourage different strategic approaches.   
The differences found in business, sexual selection, gamete structure, as well as in chess encourage escalations in the interactions. 
And yet the systems including these asymmetries can be quite stable. 
Reflections on asymmetry

CAS asymmetries

ASYMMETRIES - asymmetric agents persisting in CAS
Sustained asymmetries in CAS.
List includes:
King & Queen, Egg & Sperm.

This web frame includes a set of presentations about complex adaptive systems (CAS)
RSS presentations

Presentations about RSS CAS

html PRESENTATIONS of RSS activities
Beginners can also start here.
Items include:
JIT programming, Agent based programming, Program management, CAS nature and examples.

Rob's Strategy Studio aims to celebrate and illuminate complex adaptive systems (CAS) just as an art studio does art. 

By way of introduction it notes the complex interactions that led to the partnership that discovered the DNA double helix and genetic code. 

The page introduces the RSS vision 'I act, therefore I think' approach and the RSS mission. 

It describes how many key aspects of the world are CAS including businesses. 

Finally the page explains each of the framed pictures displayed at the studio including the other aspects explored in this vision frame. 

Create focused execution plans

Setup focused execution plans based on sound strategy

A VISION of our Studio
with agents building businesses.
List includes:
Opportunity, ideas and plans, design, modularity, iterative development, value delivery system, and execution.

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. 
CAS perl fragments

Complex adaptive system (CAS) Perls

PERL components creating complex adaptive system (CAS) process
Modules for key aspects of CAS Architecture.
List includes:
Flow networks, compartmentalization, growth, and rate-control. Schematic actions, aggregate agents and infrastructure amplifiers.


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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