Today, that's more essential than ever as we start to think beyond individual connected products and towards entire eco-systems of interconnected products and services. By this I mean groups of innovations that together offer users a whole new set of experiences. Think smart homes, where connected lights, TVs, or kitchen devices can communicate with one another, adjust to the time of day, the weather, matching your personal needs. Or smart healthcare, where data from MRI or X-ray systems around the world can be shared and compared to help clinicians make faster and better diagnoses.
More than ever, we need to work in a way that mirrors the innovations we want to create. With this in mind, we are getting ready to launch an internal Design Thinking program that I think will unleash the co-creative potential within Philips.
We're not talking about endless training workshops of randomly mixed teams discussing theoretical issues (I think that's a guaranteed way to ensure that people forget what they've learned within a week). Instead, we're bringing together multidisciplinary teams made up of people we think can tackle real life business challenges. Our focus is above all on design doing, and we aim to use approaches like Rapid Co-creation to find solutions that are immediately applicable to different aspects of the business.
When we ran a pilot program for sales teams in our Healthcare sector in Singapore and Eindhoven in late 2013, it was more successful than we anticipated; in just a few days, we pinpointed new ways to build better relationships with our clients, and are already using the solutions to great effect in their day-to-day work.
The program is set to launch in April. We expect this journey will ensure that Design Thinking not only lives, but really helps Philips achieve its goal of delivering innovation that matters.
Who says Design Thinking is dead?