Think about your best-in-class experiences as a consumer. From renting an apartment through Airbnb for your vacation to streaming a video on Netflix, it is certain that design thinking techniques contributed to those superior experiences.
There is no single definition for design thinking. At its core, design thinking represents a deep understanding of customer’s goal, envisaging various possibilities to meet the goal and finally creating innovative solutions to prototype and test.
The most widely accepted process of design thinking is from the Stanford d.school which comprises five iterative processes in design thinking including - Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.
How can we apply Design Thinking to IT operations automation?
Today, we find that most organizations that have implemented automation are dissatisfied with the outcome and are looking to enhance the impact of automation to gear towards large-scale transformation. Such a problem statement requires a systematic approach to identify, assess and deploy automation while tracking the value of realization in parallel. Large-scale transformation will not be fully realized unless a scalable approach to IT operations automation is defined. Let us map design thinking process to required automation activities and understand if it helps in quicker realization of value from automation.