The Operating System Canvas

A new and improved tool for reinventing your organization

Aaron Dignan
Feb 9 · 12 min read

The Organizational Operating System

Q: What year is this org chart from? A: 1955? 1920? 2019?
Office Space was a parody of work in 1999. What’s changed in 20 years?

An Early Canvas

Brave New Work

New research. New book. New canvas.
An early screenshot of our research into principles + practices from 70+ organizations and theorists.
From Brave New Work (Portfolio/Penguin Randomhouse 2019)

Exploring The OS Canvas

PURPOSE

AUTHORITY

STRUCTURE

STRATEGY

RESOURCES

INNOVATION

WORKFLOW

MEETINGS

INFORMATION

MEMBERSHIP

MASTERY

COMPENSATION

Using The OS Canvas With Your Team


The Ready

Lessons from our quest to change how the world works. Topics include org design, self-organization, and dynamic teaming.

Aaron Dignan

Written by

Founder @theready, investor, friend to misfit toys. Author of upcoming book on self-organization and transformation: http://theready.com/book

The Ready

The Ready

Lessons from our quest to change how the world works. Topics include org design, self-organization, and dynamic teaming.