Opening Keynote Speaker at BelTech 2018

Digital design as a practice is undergoing change within the product-service continuum in the outcome economy. Seismic shifts in the era of cognitive commuting that includes AI, machine learning, IoT, IoE and born-in-the-cloud apps means that we have to deal with increasing complexity as the Industrial Revolution 4.0 disrupts every sector, transforming all manner of services and the products we use.

The increasingly dominant role of agile methodologies and the need to collaborate as we deliver outcomes at speed has precipitated the emergence of design operations (DesOps). DesOps is a way of systemising design practices and using a new and distinct set of approaches and activities to work alongside and dovetail with DevOps (development operations) and BizOps (business operations).

DesOps, in the design of products and services, is concerned with the operationalisation of service, UX and UI design practices where designers work in a core team (or tribe) to share research, apply data insights and then formulate and test hypothesis-driven design (HDD).

HDD is used to set goals based on a target state and deliver outcomes (rather than outputs) in an iterative and agile approach of ‘design, build, test and measure’. DesOps requires a systemic change to the way design is used in the development of new services in a workflow that is highly collaborative, fast and lean to support transformation at speed and with agility.

This presentation will look at the principles, practices and value of service design using DesOps and how this can applied to the design of products and services. It will explore how service design and DesOps as a philosophy and practice is changing the tools and activities used by designers within core teams using agile approaches.

I will draw upon examples from across a range of sectors and focus on project work undertaken within financial services. This session will show how DesOps can be applied to deliver impactful transformation, improve design capability and capacity while working at speed to significantly reduce the time to market of innovative and user-centric products and services.

About the Speaker

Peter Fossick is a seasoned design director specialising in service design, UX design and disruptive innovation using a range of approaches to deliver disruptive omni-channel and customer-centric experiences within the service-product continuum for the Outcome Economy.

Peter has worked across diverse sectors with top tier global corporations and start-ups in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, China and Australia.

His project and client experience includes: AMP, Schroders-Cazenove, GM, Fairfax Media, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group, The Saudi Ministry of Health, Standard Chartered Bank, WilliamHill Online and many more.

With a proven track record in successful boot-strapping and scaling start-ups at speed, Peter is an angel investor in several companies in the USA and UK. He has established Argo Investments to invest in start-ups.

As an academic, Peter has established the IXSD Academy and he developed the first BFA & MFA in service design in the USA, as well as groundbreaking undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in design thinking, HCD, product design, UX design and interaction design as well as in innovation and design management in the UK, USA and SE Asia.

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Peter Fossick: The Future of Service Design Education

In the latest issue of Touchpoint, Editor-in-Chief Jesse Grimes caught up with me to learn about the opportunities afforded to me as a service designer working within global giant IBM, and to hear my thoughts on where service design education should be heading. As the Service Design Program Director at IBM and the founder of the IXSD Academy in London, I have a background that includes developing ground-breaking curriculum in  design as well as over twenty years working with start-ups, SMEs, and corporations using service design and design thinking to deliver disruptive innovation.

“In the future designers will need to be polymorphs and trans-disciplinary, where they can adapt to a fast paced changing world. I would like to see a Polytechnic approach in higher education;  the University system in the UK is broken in parts and it’s failing its students”

I recently established the IXSD Academy to provide coaching, training and education that has a focus on collaborative and co-creative approaches to develop skills and thought leadership in design, innovation and transformation in the digital economy.

I have been at the forefront of shifting approaches to design education since working with Prof. Norman McNally at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1990s and over the decades I have been involved in developing innovative and ground breaking curriculum in design thinking and pioneering service education in the USA. Check out what I have to say in the SDN’s Touchpoint Vol 9 Edition 1 ‘Education and Capacity Building

 https://www.service-design-network.org/touchpoint/touchpoint-9-1-education-and-capacity-building/pete-fossick

The Many Different Flavours of Design Thinking

IBM Design Thinking Practice Books

Design Thinking has been around for a while and many design groups, consultancies and organisations have developed their own ‘flavour’ of design thinking to meet their particular design needs. It’s interesting to see how this design thinking as a methodology and practice has evolved and been honed to be adapted to different contexts.

If you wish to discuss design thinking and how your business might benefit please connect with me using the contact page. I’m happy to have a no obligation chat. Enjoy!

As a Design Practice Manager in IBM I have adopted IBM Design Thinking. IBM designers work within a global community of 400K people at the cutting edge of design, technology and service innovation and IBM Design in Austin has invested in developing a unique approach to design thinking that is used not only by its 1,300 designers but also by its engineers, developers and throughout the whole organisation.

IBM Design Thinking has been developed to enable disparate professionals and experts to focus on developing user-centric experiences and innovative digital solutions by working collaboratively with each other and with IBM’s clients. IBM Design Thinking is effective because its accessible, easy to adopt and flexible.

At the heart of IBM’s human-centred mission is the IBM Design Thinking framework. It’s a means to solve users’ problems at the speed and scale of the modern digital enterprise. IBM Design Thinking has its roots in traditional design thinking and more recently I have been working with a group of designer to extend IBM’s design practices to include and embrace Service Design.

Whether we’re re-envisioning the customer experience for a multinational bank, or just planning a product’s next release, IBM Design Thinking helps us focus on what matters to our clients and, importantly, their customers.

If you’re interested in the different approaches to design thinking then check out these links and explore the different ways groups and people have adapted design thinking and applied it in their businesses.

 


Harvard Business Review:
Design Thinking and Innovation At Apple
A Harvard business case: Winner of a 2013 ecch Case Award. It describes Apple’s approach to innovation, management, and design thinking

 


How design thinking transformed Airbnb from failing startup to billion-dollar business
A fireside chat between Joe Gebbia of Airbnb and Phin Barnes of First Round Capital. Filmed at Design+Startup at IDEO San Francisco on March 14, 2013.

 


How It Works: Design Thinking
Trying to solve a problem or find better ways of getting work done? Get familiar with IBM Design Thinking and Agile. For more information on IBM Design Thinking, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/design

 


A New Approach to Design Thinking
In 2013, IBM, one of the world’s largest technology companies, set the mission to create a sustainable culture of design.

Links to online resources:
LUMA empowers people to innovate everywhere, by transforming the way they work.

IDEO HCD – How It Works

IDEO Design Thinking – Methods

IBM Design Thinking – with resources and methods practice guide

If you wish to discuss design thinking and how your business might benefit please connect with me using the contact page. I’m happy to have a no obligation chat. Enjoy!

Service Design Playbooks

IBM Methods Cards Service Design

In an ever more complex world, with seismic shifts in the way we work and live, there is increasing demand for new approaches to the way design as we transform business and industry. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence, big data, cognitive computing, the internet, IoT and mobile are all conflating and amplifying one another.

Furthermore, we are all aware that over the past four decades we have shifted from economies of scale with mass markets where we manufactured tangible products, to delivering intangible services in long-tail markets using advanced information technologies on the world-wide-web.

As a Practice Manager and the Service Design Program Director at IBM in Dublin, I work in the Global Technology Services Group where we are developing and evolving our approaches to the way we work together with our clients to define the future.

At IBM, Global Technology Services (GTS) we work with clients from all over Europe to design and develop a wide range of technology services that run the foundational systems the world relies on. These are the platforms that enable the backbone of the world’s economy in Banking, Telecoms, Retail, Airlines, Government and Insurance to operate. The challenges we face individually, in our business and in that of our clients, are complex.

Service Design in Enterprise

At IBM I work Tim Macarthur and Diego Dalia and together we work within a larger global community 400K people who at the cutting edge of technology and service innovation. Over the past six months Tim Macarthur, Diego Dalia and I have been developing a Service Design Playbook that we can use with our teams at the cutting edge of technology and service innovation.

At IBM, we take design very seriously and as a technology company it has always valued design. From the early days of personal computers to the first mainframe computers to the most recent work in cognitive computing, design is crucial.

IBM has invested in developing a unique approach to design thinking that is used not only by its 1500 designers but also by its engineers, developers and throughout the whole organisation. IBM Design Thinking has been developed to enable disparate professionals and experts to focus on developing user-centric experiences and innovative digital solutions by working collaboratively with each other and with clients. IBM Design Thinking’s framework is a means to solve users’ problems at the speed and scale of the modern digital enterprise.

Designing Services

IBM Design Thinking has its roots in traditional design thinking but more recently I have been working with a group of designers to augment IBM’s design thinking to include and embrace Service Design. Whether we’re re-envisioning a customer experience for a multinational bank or exploring ways to beat cancer, or helping government deliver better services, service design helps my teams focus on what matters to our clients and importantly their end-users.

Service in the Outcome Economy

At IBM, success is not measured by the features and functions but rather by outcomes. Whether we’re helping clients discover a cure for cancer, collaborate across the globe, or deliver financial services, our clients rely on us to deliver outcomes. We are shifting the conversation from one about features and functions to one about users and outcomes. In so doing we deliver more useful, usable, and desirable services.

Service Design Thinking helps us pivot away from designing products to designing outcomes, from the tangible to the intangible. It has become an important means to deliver value while working with our clients on very complex and entangled eco-systems.

The value of Service Design in the Digital Enterprise

Working in IBM means you work with very smart people. The smartest I have ever encountered. I was recently in a workshop that featured technical experts with numerous patents for technologies like Blockchain and Cognitive Computing. To give you a measure; IBM filed 8033 patents last year.

Typically, we work in ‘core’ teams to examine problems holistically rather than reductively to understand relationships in complex eco-systems. This means our designers, technologist and business experts can work together to frame challenges by working with users and with SMEs to align around domains that create value. I find that that using service design thinking helps our teams with a strong technology focus connect with designers because the tools service designers use is similar and in some cases adapted from areas like systems and IT design. Developers and technology experts enjoy collaborating using the service design approaches we use in workshops and within sprints throughout a project.

We define insights based on user research to identify opportunities and then we ideate in our teams to then move quickly to prototyping so we can resonance test with end-users the systems and processes that support new offerings in a service-product continuum. Importantly we do not only design interactions and experiences; we also define the processes and eco-systems. This means we increasingly look at new organisational structures with new roles and that need people with skills that are at the cutting edge of technology. When we design with new technologies, we are also helping to define new industries and new markets. It’s very exciting.

Service Design Playbooks

Working with Diego Dalia and Tim Macarthur we have developed a Service Design Playbook and practice guide to help design and collaborate with our colleagues. The Service Design Playbook contains methods and activities for teams to use in implementing radical collaboration that put the client and their users at the centre of our thinking.

Each Service Design method can be used in combination as part of a broader set of activities in a Playbook. Our Service Design Playbook enables us take typical and atypical situations and develop a unique approach by using different combinations of service design methods and activities suited to the project or a sprint within the project.

Our Service Design Playbook breaks down into three distinct flavours of Observe, Reflect and Make so we are aligned with IBM Design Thinking’s Framework. Importantly, Service Design at IBM is part of a larger ‘Playbook’ of IBM Design Thinking.

When We Use Service Design

Service Design adds significant value when applied in the one or more of the following circumstances:

Service design as a methodology with activities and tools combined in playbooks that deliver optimised service offerings and experiences.

Service design as a people-centred process to address operational and organizational needs as part of a transformation process or in a new venture.

Service design as a collaborative and participatory process that requires a co-design approach.

Service design as a process to optimize complex systems and interconnected ecologies.

This article was first published in Medium in May 2017

Service Design Network Ireland Launches

We held the launch of the the Service Design Network National Chapter last night in Dublin, Ireland. With attendees from all over Ireland and from a diverse range of sectors, it was a huge success, with a full house at the Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and 90 people on the reserve list! Worry not we’ll be holding another event next month and there will be some new members of SDN talking about their experience designing services for the outcome economy. If you would like to join and get more details contact us here https://www.service-design-network.org/chapters/sdn-ireland-building

The Service Design Network (SDN) is the world’s leading platform to connect with like-minded passionate service designers from companies, agencies and universities, and with curious innovators who embrace and apply this approach for the better of their organisations and for people.

Last night I spoke about Service Design ‘Doing’ by drawing on examples of twenty years of designing services and highlighting some case studies form the past three years. The focus of my talk was to how design innovative services rapidly using lean and agile practices by applying combination of service thinking tools in ‘Playbooks’.

I shared the stage with Diego Dalia and Tim McCarthur co-organisers of Service Design Network, Ireland both of whom work with me at IBM in Dublin.

The main purpose of SDN is to build awareness and “hunger” for service design in the public and private service sector and in the world of politics.

The Service Design Network is bringing the 10th Service Design Global Conference to Madrid  in La N@ve for buzzing and vibrant days with inspiring talks and intense breakout sessions on 2nd and 3rd of November 2017.

If you want information about joining SDN please use this link  and if you want to get general information about the SDN please use this link