Service design for innovation
Innovators and startups don't follow the 'business as usual' playbook.
In the high-pressure, rapid drive towards creating, validating, launching and scaling a winning new business model, the perspectives of design thinking and service design can deliver unique advantages.
Read on to learn how Kolmiot supports innovators on the path towards success.
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Why (service) design thinking for innovation?
Successful innovation means getting three factors right:
A winning concept
A viable, scaleable business model
And service design can help solve those challenges, through techniques such as:
- Contextual research
- Holistic service perspective
- User research
- Deep customer empathy
- Service design in conjunction with business design
- Canvases such as the BMC and VPC
- Platform design
Who have I worked with?
innovation consulting for a blockchain-based start-up
Tykn are a start-up based in the Hague with a compelling back-story. Founded by a Syrian immigrant to the Netherlands who spent time in the refugee system, they know first-hand the challenges of the billions of people around the world who are un-documented or un-banked. By applying their blockchain expertise, they are working with public- and private-sector clients to improve digital identity.
During my time with Tykn I assisted them with an in-depth review of their mission, vision and market context. I guided them through the development of new candidates for business model and value propositions, which they moved on to validate with potential customers.
coaching startups in service design and design thinking
ING Labs is the international organization's accelerator programme, where in-house and independent start-ups receive support to bring their innovations to market.
Working as a service design and design thinking coach, I helped multiple teams move through a Lean Startup-inspired methodology, ensuring customers remained top-of-mind.
service design and design sprints for a banking innovator
An innovative daughter of ABN AMRO, Moneyou offers a range of financial services. Seeking to capitalize on open banking initiatives - and capture a new target market - the bank launched 'Moneyou Go', a unique new banking proposition.
Working closely with a small team, I brought a unique service design perspective to the ambitious project. This included customer development and the serving as creative lead for design sprints.
Past innovation-related project experience includes:
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Why focus service design on innovation?
Innovation is a key driver of success. Staying ahead of the curve, identifying and exploiting new areas of opportunity, and creating new value streams are critical. Without successful innovation, organizations risk being overtaken by competitors and market developments, and left behind by evolving consumer expectations.
Innovation efforts take on multiple guises:
A team which downs tools for an intense, isolated innovation sprint
An in-house innovation lab to incubate and accelerate innovation efforts
A stand-alone, external operation which supports multiple, independent initiatives
With several years of experience supporting innovation teams and startups in different settings, Kolmiot knows what it takes to harness the dynamic energy of an innovation lab, and apply design thinking and service design, to ensure that the end-user remains firmly in focus throughout the often rapid and high-pressure innovation lifecycle.
Who am I?
More than 22 years of international experience
A recognized service design thought leader
12 years of service design projects, skills and expertise
Editor-in-Chief of Touchpoint, the journal of service design
Currently leading the SDN Netherlands Chapter of the SDN
Regularly organizes and speaks at national and international events