The word strategy derives indirectly from the Greek “strategos” and “strategike episteme” meaning General or General’s knowledge. In 1799, Count Guibert gave the word its current day meaning in the domain of the military, and in 1965, H. Igor Ansoff in his book Corporate Strategy, brought the current meaning to the world of business.
In all cases until recently, strategy was thought of as a set of techniques or heuristics to gain advantage that was mostly defined at the outset, and then followed to its conclusion.
As our society, business, and politics have become more complex, our strategies to gain advantage have had to keep pace. As agility has taken hold across the public and private sectors as a way to gain advantage and reduce risk; Agile Strategy as a discipline has begun to evolve.