Join me on Conference Day: Tuesday, September 21 at 1:15 pm.
At the time of writhing this, we happen to be immersed in the makings of a brave next normal where everything can be revisited and rethought to be better delivered as a seamless service. The ‘experience economy’ is finally taking hold. This means that a ‘customer-first’ mindset and an unwavering commitment to ‘outstanding quality’ are essential to win hearts and minds because what ‘value’ is (and is not) at any given point of time remains a human consideration informed by our experiences.
Digitalization has not only accelerated beyond expectations during the recent pandemic, but has also furthered the relentless adoption of pervasive communication technologies and AI, Artificial Intelligence, across industries. Given the exponential rise of autonomous systems that can enable on-demand self-service coupled with instant mass customization… the more we digitize, the greater the reach and, therefore, the more pressing the need to excel at Human Centered AI with moral imagination and creative confidence.
Jose de Francisco is the Chief Designer at Nokia CNS, Cloud & Network Services, and Co-Head of Nokia’s Chicago Innovation Center, a leading R&D facility integrating all of the company’s business groups. His professional experience encompasses interdisciplinary leadership responsibilities in strategy, product management, research, design, new ventures and marketing.
Award-winning designer and a Distinguished Member (DMTS) of Bell Labs for work on next generation mobile platforms and applications, Jose holds several active patents and an extensive design portfolio featuring 20+ brands. He has served with the Advisory Boards for MIT’s Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) and Illinois Tech’s Entrepreneurship Center. Jose is currently engaged with Design & Innovation Global, the think tank behind the premier Design Thinking conference series in the United States and is a core team member of TM Forum’s DMM (Digital Maturity Model) and DOT (Digital Organizational Transformation) projects.
Holds several professional certificates in Design and Data Science from MIT, earned an MBA in International Marketing and Finance from Chicago’s DePaul University as a Honeywell Europe Be Brilliant Scholar, and is the recipient of postgraduate degrees in Human Factors Engineering and Business Administration from BarcelonaTech (UPC) and Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD) respectively. He started his academic life in the Industrial Design program of Barcelona’s Massana Art & Design Center as an Epson Scholar.
Passionate about innovating to create new value, Jose co-authored the ‘Human Factors Engineering Manifesto’ and believes in the exceptional value that comes with consistently delivering ‘Quality Experiences by Design’ (QXbD.) His endeavors can be followed on innovarista.org.
This post just features some of the events that I have participated in over year, which are listed in reverse chronological order. Please note that these are all virtual sessions and that there is a mix of public conferences and invitation-only.
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone involved and would also like to highlight that the unsung hard work and passion of those making things happen behind the scenes should not go unnoticed.
While the scale of 2020’s volatile conditions happens to deliver unprecedented challenges, we should not loose sight of the many excellent examples of resolve, entrepreneurship and goodwill across the board.
I am thankful for these opportunities. All participants’ willingness to share insights and wisdom not only makes a difference, but also furthers progress in everyone’s best interest. Admittedly, I also regret having declined some other invitations due to scheduling conflicts, and hope that there will be other opportunities to cross paths in the near future.
I would like to thank the team at CMP’s Design & Innovation Global for the opportunity to present at Design Thinking Digital Summit. This was my first public talk in my new job as Chief Designer for Nokia Software, which made the occasion even more memorable for me.
I am also grateful for the continued one one one discussions that some of us are having over LinkedIn messaging, and the opportunity to exchange insights on the topic.
Value (singular) refers to the correlation between perceived and comparative worth and quality of a solution in the shape of a product and/or service.
Perceived value is a performance metric, a lagging indicator that confirms the degree to which design’s outcomes are met: market desirability and customer delight being two examples.
Brand Equity Value (BEV) is the ultimate measurement of composite business performance as a whole.
Values (plural) relate to our design belief system and, therefore, the culture that equips the job with moral imagination, drive, purpose and meaning.
Design’s human centricity is the soul of any system. Reality dictates that, in today’s world, all end-to-end technological solutions happen to be Human Machine Systems (HMS) without exception. Note the emphasis on the ‘end-to-end’ scope… there is no escaping that fact.
Values (plural) also refers to qualitative and quantitative leading indicators that inform the quality of design work in progress.
This means both new data and insights generated as we rapidly experiment, prototype options and conduct multivariate testing… these are intensive hyper-iterative cycles that orient and inform a design’s progression and improvement through all the steps from ideation to blueprinting. This is quintessential to Design Thinking. Simply put, without that effort there is no Design Thinking as such.
As an example, in Quality eXperiences by Design (QXbD) we assess: usefulness, utility, usability and affectivity values, which are ranked by effectiveness and efficiency parameters. That construct shapes the experiential qualities that define a system’s capability and behavioral model leading to production design blueprints.
QXbD‘s intertwines these with continuity and differentiability appraisals as we assess business model attractiveness and viability and, last but definitely not least, the technologies’ development, delivery, servicing feasibility over the product and/or service lifecycle. Note that the context is System Design as a holistic and interdisciplinary undertaking.
Designing to Optimal Values makes the job interesting, rigorous and tactical. Delivering optimal value relies on the honesty of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) cost-benefit analysis. How we define the scope and impact of the benefits, as well as difficult trade-offs, is a function of the design belief system and the solution’s soul.
One more thought… by now it becomes quite obvious that Value Propositions are best conceived by undertaking painstaking interdisciplinary design work.
I would also like to thank those of you who joined the live session and, as usual, I am happy to continue the discussion to trade insights as well as contrasting thoughts and viewpoints. We can have that conversation over LinkedIn messaging to keep things going.