In the 20th century, the main goals of every manager were “efficiency and optimization”, companies hired consultants and business experts to analyze processes and reduce waste.
Management methodologies provided tools to improve the capability of business processes. A great example is provided by Dell, thanks to the Six Sigma methodology the company increased its performance and reduced its defects becoming the first computer vendor in the world. Dell started in the early 2000s and by 2004 the cost savings were $1.55 billion.
As explained by Peter Merholz and Kristin Skinner, authors of “Org Design for Design Orgs”, at the end…
We are living in an era of fast-changing markets and impressive technological innovation. In a time of acceleration, where creativity and investments are no more scarce resources, We have seen many “disruptors” guided by the rule: “move fast and break things”.
The journey between ideation and realization is often full of compromises, this is the reason why companies need people able to manage the entire end-to-end process filling the gap between strategy and market, people able to orchestrate operations, and favorite cooperation between design and development. …
In fast-changing times companies have to fight uncertainty and adapt their products and services to satisfy evolving customers’ needs. Companies are working hard to innovate their offers but changing the outcomes is not enough. To remain competitive, companies also need to reevaluate themselves by adapting their workforce with new skills and new knowledge.
The rise of automation and artificial intelligence has increased the speed of change, companies started to integrate new tools and new operations. While technology pushes the boundaries of what is possible, companies need to re-skilling people as fast as possible.
The COVID crisis forced to redefine daily…
The coronavirus pandemic has led to many extraordinary world-changing events including forcing companies to reinvent their operations, structures, and services as fast as possible. Transformations activities once planned over time were made true in just a few days.
After the transition phase we are now living, the big challenge will be finding a new way to operate in a completely different context. Adopting smart working on large scale was only the first step of a big shift, the next goal will be creating a “new normal” and finding a way to live better experiences beyond the crisis.
Many companies already…
Computational design is the merge of design techniques and computational technologies.
Applying computational techniques to the design workflow radically changes how people construct interfaces, services, objects or buildings. Instead of specifying fixed shapes, designers must define the entire process by which an object is created. This generative process is powered by algorithms whilst the output is not performed by humans using a drawing tool but is auto-generated by a set of instructions, variables and parameters.
Computational design is set to dramatically change business, culture, and community throughout the next few years.
In the midst of a huge digital transformation, businesses, processes, customers and relationships are all changing so fast that is almost impossible to form an accurate long-term vision. The next decade will present new challenges along with new opportunities, meaning companies have to put much thought into succeeding in the 2020s.
The last decade has seen many actions focused on optimisation and cost reduction, whereas the coming era will be about making customer lives more satisfying and leveraging user experience.
According to BCG, companies will have to implement the science of organisational change, not for a limited amount of time…
Reading is now part of my daily routine, reading helps me to improve myself but also find new ideas, methods, concepts and apply them to my everyday job. In 2019 I read 30 nonfiction books.
Among all readings I want to define some “winners”:
Artificial Intelligence is pushing the boundaries of what machines can achieve. Tasks that were once performed by humans are now entrusted to computers. Big technology improvements are closing the gap between people and machines, with computers today being able to analyse images, understand languages, process semantic information and much more.
We have seen the rise of machine capabilities from the early applications in chess games by IBM to the recent AlphaGo project by DeepMind. Machines haven’t merely improved the computing power but also developed human skills such as reasoning and problem-solving.
We are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution; we are living with the rise of artificial intelligence and humans are sharing their working activities with machines. Nevertheless, companies today are still in the early stage of automation, and instead of rethinking their entire business operation they are essentially looking to reduce costs and save time.
Rethinking a business process means redefining operations and roles inside a company. Human-Center-Design helped companies to create products and services tailored for human needs. …
Companies are in the middle of a deep transformation. The rise of new technologies such as blockchains, machine learning, and Internet of Things unleashes exciting opportunities for business growth. Connected products are transforming the way people interact with objects and how they perceive brands, allowing companies to go beyond static products to meet the demands of today’s changing consumer.
IoT allows integration of products and services; smart connected objects with embedded sensors help companies get data, extract insights, monitor user behaviors and improve quality. Companies need to understand how to connect objects and, most importantly of all, how to integrate…