We know we’re building the right thing as we’re continually validating it with the customer group. Smart prioritisation ensures that we’re building the right thing first.
Think commercially. Understand the revenue streams, cost structure, value proposition, unfair advantage, customers and channels. Understand the short and long term goals and build a vision based on this.
Prototypes are a great tool to get a deep understanding of customer behaviour. We make these 70% production ready so nothing is wasted.
We test all the way from a hypothesis, to a live product / service. We use propositions, sketches and fully working prototypes to ensure we’re solving the need.
Always know the context in which the product or service will be used. Where are they using the service? What happened before, during and after? What do they think, see and feel?
Use only the metrics that help you make decisions. Apply them to your thinking in order to improve and adjust. Always know your goal for every interaction.
Making something feel simple takes meticulous work. Understand the complexity at a high level. Break it up into small parts. Understand it again. Then continually refine into an elegant connected solution.
Working smart means using the same language and design patterns wherever possible. Familiar helps people, but when it isn’t possible, make sure your approach is consistent. If you feel that the current system is inadequate, challenge it.