Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners [Wardley]

Itamar Goldminz
Apr 12, 2016 · 1 min read

A couple of good pieces from Simon Wardley on the idea of:

Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners (#1, #2).

Wardley makes the case that a different type of talent is needed as your product/service evolves from inception, through being a product, all the way to becoming a commodity. The differences between these types of challenges is best illustrated here:

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Each group innovates, but innovates in a very different way:

Wardley also argues, that in addition to thinking about talent differently, this also has a profound implication to the organizational structure: organizations should form cells specializing in one of these types of activities rather than adhere to a classical functional org structure.

In my mind, this is a pretty powerful tool for thinking about improving an organization’s fit to its purpose. But it can also be a powerful tool for helping individuals find their purpose: combined with the Doctor, Hospital Administrator, Policy Maker axis, it creates a 3x3 matrix that can help you better pin-point a role that’s a good fit to your strengths.

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