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Keynote: Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones Mo, 08.07.2019 Plenum
10:15 - 11:15

Deng Xiaoping once described managing the economy as crossing the river by feeling the stones — in other words have a direction but be adaptive. But in a world of constant change, how do you determine the right thing to do? Which pebble to tread on? How do you understand where you’re going and where you need to go? How do you know if your strategy is right? Is there even such a thing?

In this talk, we start by examining the issue of situational awareness and how it applies to technology. Using examples from government and the commercial world, we then explore how you can map your environment, identify opportunities to exploit and learn patterns of change.

Simon Wardley
Leading Edge Forum
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Simon Wardley is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership programme dedicated to helping large organizations reimagine their organizations and leadership for a technology-driven future.  Simon is also lead practitioner for LEFs Wardley MapsAdvisory service which helps client anticipate market and ecosystem developments so they know where to go and why.

Simon’s focus is on strategic play both at an industrial and global level. He is the author of multiple reports including Why the Fuss about Serverless?and Clash of the Titans: Can China Dethrone Silicon Valley?, a pioneer in the use of topographical intelligence within business, a former executive and an advisory board member for several successful start-ups. He has twice been voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in technology. Simon has spent the last 20 years defining future strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and Technology industries. He is a passionate advocate in the fields of strategic play, organizational structure, open source and leadership and is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide.