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These are not polished writings, not even nice designs, or fancy articles. It’s a collection of fast thinking and ideas that were looking for a place before they got forgotten…

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Systems thinking for DesignOps

If DesignOps is about designing processes and defining transformative strategies, it is important to apply a Systems Thinking approach to ensure the strategy delivers on the expectations and does not move inefficiencies across the organisation. Systems Thinking is a holistic critical thinking approach that focuses on the analysis of the relationships between the system’s partsContinue reading “Systems thinking for DesignOps”

Adding change management to your DesignOps’ strategy

DesignOps is a transformative function that focuses on the very heart of the teams’ operative system. For this reason, a participative approach to change management is key to ensure success and impact. Yet, the importance of change management as a core skill is still often overlooked. A successful DesignOps initiative is a transformational act thatContinue reading “Adding change management to your DesignOps’ strategy”

Why we need design leaders, designops leaders, DPMs, and design managers

What is the relationship between DesignOps and Design? Is a DesignOps Manager the same as a Design Programme Manager (DPM)? Understanding the roles and responsibilities of each of these roles is key to ensure Design teams thrive. While Design teams have been growing and scaling fast in the past few years, the growth of the designContinue reading “Why we need design leaders, designops leaders, DPMs, and design managers”

DesignOps’ impact on innovation

Organisations have always faced a challenge in balancing productivity and creativity due to organisations’ constraints and priorities. But the right DesignOps strategy can deliver innovation at scale and achieve a true Organisational Ambidexterity. Credits: https://www.pexels.com/@diimejii DesignOps’ goal is to maximise value generation for both the business, the design teams, and the design leaders through theContinue reading “DesignOps’ impact on innovation”

Designing efficient teams

Positioning and introducing DesignOps in your teams’ lives. Credits: https://www.pexels.com/@kaboompics Yes, DesignOps is a thing. And it is growing fast, establishing itself as an emerging function that actively supports teams and organisations to scale through the design of efficient Design teams. DesignOps’ focus is to increase operational and spending efficiencies by understanding, analysing, and optimising theContinue reading “Designing efficient teams”

Understanding DesignOps as a strategic function — PART 2

PART 2 Part 2 of 2 DesignOps relies on ongoing performance assessments to constantly evaluate what can be done better to impact positively the business metrics. Yes, DesignOps’ impact is quantifiable. Credits: https://www.pexels.com/@nietjuh The application of a system thinking business mindset relies on DesignOps leaders ability to apply a solid analytical approach to quantify impact andContinue reading “Understanding DesignOps as a strategic function — PART 2”

Understanding DesignOps as a Strategic Function

What is DesignOps and at which altitude should it be positioned to maximize impact? — Part 1 of 2 Credits: https://www.pexels.com/@lanophotography What is DesignOps and where does it come from? Design has become a central function in most businesses: in the past 10 years, due to the emergence of design thinking and its impact on business performance, many organisationsContinue reading “Understanding DesignOps as a Strategic Function”

What is Digital Transformation?

Everyone is talking about digital transformation: the news are filled with data and stats around massive investments in digital technology and in the need to transform businesses. The IDC report 2017 estimates that worldwide spending on digital transformation technologies will grow to more than $2.1 trillion in 2019, while a Forrester study says that 57%Continue reading “What is Digital Transformation?”

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