double-diamond design thinking

The Double Diamond is a structured design approach to tackle challenges in four phases:

  1. Discover /Research— insight into the problem (diverging)
  2. Define/Synthesis — the area to focus upon (converging)
  3. Develop/ Ideation— potential solutions (diverging)
  4. Deliver /Implementation— solutions that work (converging)

Phases of this process are either diverging or converging. During a diverging phase, you try to open up as much as possible without limiting yourself, whereas a converging phase focuses on condensing and narrowing your findings or ideas.

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What’s a business model?

Its not a plan, and all to often I see these ideas masquerading as business models.

The purpose of a business model is to concisely describe the function of your business within the overall market landscape and how you plan to add create value. This includes details such as business inputs and dependencies, target customer base and the value being created on behalf of those customers.… Read more

Asking about your customers future behaviour?

…. Probably not worthwhile doing.

We spend an enormous amount of time trying to get customers to love us and say they will buy from us in future.

Is this a worthwhile use of our time?

At best, there is a correlation of around 15 – 20% between a consumer’s stated future intent and their actual subsequent purchase behaviour. This equates to virtually no predictive value of asking consumers what they intend to do next.… Read more

5 steps to make it work

If strategy is about making the right choices, then execution is about taking the right actions.

Strategy focuses on thinking; execution centers on doing, and many leaders struggle with identifying the right actions their organization needs to take. This is partly because they have been taught how to plan and not how to execute. Achieving excellence in execution requires cultivating a bias toward action across the organization.… Read more

Customer service GAP model

Consumer’s today are increasingly demanding. Not only wanting high quality products but expecting high quality customer service.

Delivering superior value to the customer should be the prime concern of business Managers. This not only includes the actual physical product but their customer service component as well. Products that do not offer and integrate good quality customer service that meets the expectations of consumers are difficult to sustain in a competitive market.… Read more