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  • American Sea Power Project Panel Remarks

    With my new American Sea Power article coming out soon, I thought it would be worthwhile to post my opening remarks from American Sea Power Project Panel at the Defense Forum Washington last December. In my article, “Sea Control and Command of the Sea Remain Essential,“ I emphasized the continuing relevance of sea control and […]

  • Is War Getting More Complex?

    In a recent Modern War Institute series on Leadership in Future War, Dr. Cole Livieratos discussed the “changing context of war” and emphasized the importance of recognizing its complexity. The article is quite good; however, Livieratos’s emphasis on “increasing complexity” raised some hackles. Subtweets, like the one below, led to an active Twitter discussion about whether […]

  • More Speaking Engagements

    It’s been a good year for speaking engagements to draw more attention to Learning War and the creative work my colleagues and I have been doing in the Agile community. I’ve also been able to spend a bit of time looking into and discussing Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and his approach to command, which had […]

  • Learning War in New York Times

    I mentioned that Learning War has been getting some good press in my last post. Since then, it has appeared in the New York Times Book Review. I was humbled to be honored along with a series of other new military history books on 11 November, the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War […]

  • Recent Interviews and Podcasts

    Interest in Learning War has been increasing lately and I’ve been fortunate to be in a series of podcasts and interviews. Christopher Nelson conducted a very thorough interview for CIMSEC that drew out various aspects of the arguments in the book. I particularly liked his question about what I would do if I had ten minutes with […]

  • Strategy from “Inherently Erroneous” Conceptions

    A brief review of David G. Morgan-Owen’s The Fear of Invasion: Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2017) I am very grateful for this book. David G. Morgan-Owen’s narrative provides much-needed clarity on one of the fundamental questions of World War I: How did the Royal Navy, the most dominant naval […]

  • On the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    I’m excited to be on a recent episode of Vasco Duarte’s Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast along with Karl Scotland and Henrik Mårtesson. The three of us discussed strategy, doctrine, and decision-making in Agile and business contexts. Karl has some wonderful tools and approaches for what he calls Strategy Deployment (conceptualizing and promulgating a plan throughout an organization). […]

  • Lean Agile Scotland – Designing the Future

    Once again, Lean Agile Scotland was an excellent conference full of thought-provoking ideas and stimulating conversations. It was a pleasure to attend and speak at the event. I gained numerous insights; here are some of the most interesting. Design or Lean Agile? At the start of the second day, Cameron Tonkinwise challenged the audience with his keynote by contrasting […]

  • What is Doctrine Anyway?

    Later this year, I’ll be sharing the stage at SDI Miami with Stephen Bungay, whose book, “The Art of Action,” has been influential in the Agile community. He’ll be continuing to expand on his thesis—that the Prussian General Staff identified an effective approach to organizing for collective action in the face of uncertainty—and presenting on […]

  • Looking Forward to Lean Kanban North America

    This post first appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog. Next month I’ll be speaking at Lean Kanban North America. The last time I attended, in 2015, I was a finalist for the Brickell Key Award. I had been helping distributed teams align their work and increase their situational awareness by using Kanban. Jim Benson and I […]