Of the many practical points in Chris Meyerpeter's energetic and inspiring presentation on how service design is transforming Monsanto's $16 Billion global business, the one that has stuck with me is this: service blueprints are an apolitical tool for identifying systemic problems. A blueprint doesn't point fingers. It simply describes the current state.
What's more, a blueprint embodies the adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words." It's too easy to use the same words but mean something entirely different. But when we draw what we mean, we get clarity. Such clarity about problems as well as successes gives leadership teams the chance to be more genuinely collaborative.
It's exciting to see a large corporation in St. Louis embracing service design. I hope to see many more follow Monsanto's lead.
Service blueprints are an apolitical tool for identifying systemic problems.
7 ways to keep your Madrid service design state-of-mind
New year, new chances – but let's not forget about 2017 just yet! It has been a great year, filled with great examples of service design. We've seen a lot of these cases during SDGC17. Let's look back on the annual Service Design Global Conference and find out how you can keep your Madrid state-of-mind – until SDGC18.
“Service Design at Scale” is the feature theme of the upcoming issue of Touchpoint. We invite you to become an author of Touchpoint Vol. 9 No. 3 and help to advance the service design field and its practices. Submit your abstracts till 19 December 2017 at 23:59 (CET).
The Service Design Award Annual 2017 will be a celebration of the very best in service design featuring what has been identified as the highest quality and most impactful work with case studies of the winners and finalists’ work from the first three years of the Service Design Award.