A recent article from Fast Company entitled “Mission Critical: Can Design Save the World?” got me thinking. The article is about a small company that is applying design principles to solve long-standing social issues. They are finding this approach particularly useful in areas where conventional institutions seem to be stagnating. I couldn’t help but see the parallels to what IT organizations can encounter and wondered,
Can Design Help IT Organizations Transform?
I’m no designer (although I think that I’ll be doing some studying!), but applying design principles basically means looking at a problem, dissecting the underlying issues leading to the problem and then evaluating elements such as form, function and usability to develop creative solutions that eliminate the problem and add intrinsic value. I couldn’t help but feel that IT organizations could benefit from a similar approach.
It’s an interesting concept, really. Take the same methodologies used to create a better mop and apply it to much larger, organizational issues. It’s too early to tell how successful this approach will be on the world stage, but I believe that there is definitely something to be gleaned from this approach as we strive to transform IT organizations. If you’d like to learn more, start with the Fast Company article. It has nothing to do with technology, but offers plenty of food for thought and maybe some insights that you can use as you transform your organization.
About the Author:
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Charles Araujo is a technology analyst and internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and Leadership in the Digital Era who advises technology companies and enterprise leaders on how to navigate the transition from the Industrial Age to the Digital Era. Having spent over thirty years in the technology industry, he has been researching Digital Transformation long before it became the uber-buzzword of today, and is now focused on helping Digital Era Leaders prepare themselves and their organizations as the macro trends of the primacy of the customer and the primacy of the algorithm collide, ushering us into what he calls The New Human Age.
Principal Analyst with Intellyx, founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation, author of three books, and most recently the co-founder (with his wife) of The MAPS Institute, he is a sought-after keynote speaker and has been quoted or published in CIO, Time, InformationWeek, CIO Insight, NetworkWorld, Computerworld, USA Today, and Forbes.