Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Lack of Organizational Design Competence

We see a great interest today in design thinking as a way to foster the creative development of products and processes. However, most of the efforts we see are directed towards the individual. Individuals are encouraged to take courses, go to workshops, to increase their ability to think as a designer.

Having worked with many professional designers over the years I know that one of the most frustrating experiences for these designers is the lack of support from their organization. Sometimes there might be an expressed support but real support is missing.

As with every approach, a designerly approach cannot thrive unless it is embedded in a larger system that understands and supports the approach. Unfortunately, we do not see many ideas out there on how to assess the level of an organization's design competence and how to intentionally develop it. But there are ways to do it, and it makes a difference. Designers who find themselves in design competent organization can thrive, feel safe, take on bigger challenges, deliver exceptional outcomes.

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Jami said...

Hello! About a month ago I attended a health and wellness coaching program where design thinking was discussed and included a reference to both your book and IDEO's design process. Given that this presentation was to non-designers about incorporating design as a process coaches can use was a surprise. Having a background in design I don't feel that the process was well explained. Although upon reflection, it is likely because creativity and states of being in curiosity and flow are normal for me and largely foreign the typical audience in this training. This part of the presentation is something that I'll be returning to in order to explore this connection more.

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