Design Thinking Coaches #25: Pace Layering to design complex systems

Design Thinking Coaches | Berlin
Design Thinking Coaches | Berlin
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_Designing complex systems

How to design a software that might be operated over a decade? Or a wagon that might be in service for more than twenty years? Or a building that might be used for more than a century? These solutions represent complex systems. It's an illusion that they can be designed to operate without any further changes over time. So how to design complex systems in a sustainable way so that they stay open for changes overtime without loosing their stability and robustness? Which parts should stay flexible, and which parts should stay stable over time? That's where the Pace Layering model comes in - a thinking model further developed by Stewart Brand based on the simple idea that complex systems can be sliced into different layers based on their speed of change (

_Understand the problem using the Pace Layer Business Blueprint

Alexander Preis, an innovator in the rail and aerospace industry, took the idea to turn it into a canvas tool applicable for Design Thinkers to understand the problem space of complex systems. His Pace Layer Business Blueprint helps them to develop a deep understanding of the different layers of complex systems in the beginning of a design process. After the premiere of the Pace Layer Business Blueprint at a D-School masterclass, Alexander will introduce this canvas tool at our meetup.

In this workshop you will learn how to apply the Pace Layer Business Blueprint to structure complex design challenges in the understand phase of Design Thinking. After a short warm-up to get to know each other, you will work in teams to apply the Pace Layer Business Blueprint to a sample challenge.

_About the speaker

Alexander Preis (Dipl.-Ing, MBA) has 20 years of experience in program management and organizational change in the railway and aerospace industry. He lectures Innovation- and Technology Management and Program Management at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin and is co-authoring the book "Playing TRIZ for Kids" to bring inventive problem solving closer to our children. Passionate about long-term thinking and product development, he is developing tools and methods to integrate ever-faster technological change into products designed for long life-cycles. Alexander lives in Berlin, Germany with his family.

_About the Location

Again the "Porsche House Berlin" is opening its doors. We will meet in the space of MHP (IT Consultancy of Porsche) and Porsche Digital (Digital Product Innovator of Porsche) at the Osthafen near the River Spree, just on the border between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.

The meetup is limited to 25 participants. We charge a fee of 5 Euro to cover organizational costs, to be paid via Paypal during registration. You can expect some drinks as well.

_How to implement Design Thinking into organizations?

That's the basic challenge we address in this community. With 4 to 5 meet-ups each year, we strive to find some answers to this question. And while we did this, an intimate, though international community of Design Thinking evangelists emerged.

Thank you to all of you to make this happen!

Pauline Tonhauser (
and Jens Otto Lange ( -