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Welcome to the Ripose web site 
Newsletter ... November 2001

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Business 101 ...
In May 1995, Ripose Pty Limited published a limited number of its book 'Breaking the systems barrier'. In this book we described how a business could rapidly clarify its logical solutions to support its objectives.

The structure of the book was built around a table of contents that has been refined over the past few years. Surprisingly enough, the only things that have changed over the past 7 years are the distillation of the table of contents and the quality of the deliverables.

These are the changes that have been made:

1995 thinking 2001 thinking
Conceptual phase Goals & measures Business objectives
Knowledge  Unchanged
Actions & systems Strategies
Logical phase Data architecture Unchanged
Process architecture
Physical phase Prototyping Unchanged

Over the course of the next few months, a new and 'exciting' book/game will be released reflecting the cosmetic change in thinking.

As a prelude to this cosmetic change we would like to present the new table of contents and invite your comments.

Section Dealing with
Introduction The definition of business
Mind map of a business
Strategic planning Five strategic thinkers - Aristotle, Sun Tzu, Kant, Drucker and Porter
Skills required to be a strategic planner
Mind map of competencies
Strategic initiatives Objectives
Logical design Data architecture Data analysis
Data base design
Process architecture Process analysis
Pseudo code design
Prototyping Rapid application development

A number of techniques exist enabling the various levels of competencies to identify/clarify the components of the strategic initiatives. Not all techniques cover each of the strategic initiatives, nor do they necessarily follow the order in which they are depicted in this table.

The book describes each technique. The game allows you to select a single technique for each strategic initiative to help you cost the delivery of the results in both time and money.

You should then be able to compare the results to help you decide whether or not the techniques you chose will provide your business with the optimal results.

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