In this talk, Matthew Oliphant of Studio VO will investigate what amounts to Organizational Change through Design Research.
Design Research excels at providing a deep understanding of any given system and the things needed to move that system into a better state of being. But sometimes design researchers struggle with getting our work to have a proper impact internally within the organization. It's not just an issue of which deliverables we choose, although that is a consideration. It's a question of getting your organization to do the right work well. Or, at the very least, getting the organization to give you what you need to do your own right work well.
The good news is: you can use the capabilities you apply to your regular projects to create your own deep understanding of the organization within which you work. If you want to move a group of people (CEOs, Product Managers, Developers) to a better state of being (a willingness to be changed by research findings) you have to start with a thorough understanding of the current state of "the system," then determine how best to nudge everything along in the right direction.
=========== Event Info ============
▪ Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
▪ Time: Informal networking from 6:30 - 7:00pm, then the presentation begins promptly at 7:00pm
▪ Location: Jaguar Land Rover, at 1450 NW 18th Ave., Portland
▪ Refreshments: Light dinner and drinks.
▪ Cost: $5. Members -- free. (2018 membership costs $20 and covers the six bi-monthly meetings held in alternating months January - November.) Event and membership fees will be collected at the door, cash only please.
About the speaker:
Matthew Oliphant has been getting people from WTF to FTW since 1999. He has led the design and development efforts for dozens of software products, redesigned enterprise design and development processes, led research efforts to understand the needs of organ transplant recipients, and helped shut down four businesses; for which the owners thanked him heartily because he saved them from spending millions on terrible ideas.
About this organization:
The PDX Design Research Group is a multidisciplinary networking group focused on the role of research in the design of products, services and systems in business, government and non-profits. We welcome perspectives from all disciplines, including human-computer interaction, design, market research, and the social sciences, and others. Meetings are held every other month in downtown Portland, and include speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and other events, with opportunities to network and discuss relevant topics with fellow research professionals.
We hope to see you at the event!
--Sherri, Elise, and Mike, co-organizers of the Portland Design Research group