In today's world, we’re dealing with ever expanding multi-device multi-screen multi-service ecosystems across multiple channels. Most of these ecosystem profiles have their own user behaviours, user needs, interaction models and design patterns. Amongst all that, what can we do to better understand the big picture?

In this half day workshop you’ll learn about the importance of initially focusing your design practice on the overall service ecosystem rather than the small design details that are a byproduct of the constant switching of products and channels. 

Understanding an ecosystem is not (just) about visualizing and diagramming it. Being able to identify and apply the right lenses to the visual representation can become a key sensemaking tool in identifying the overall business and customer experience strategy.

You'll also learn that alongside solid research, facilitation and collaboration are the other key ingredients to the success of an ecosystems mapping exercise.

What topics will be covered?

Core concepts of systems thinking and how it differs from our traditional ways of representing and understanding complexity.

Framing, and its importance in identifying the scope of an ecosystem.

The most common types of ecosystems and a methodology for ecosystems mapping.

You'll also learn that alongside solid research, facilitation and collaboration are the other key ingredients to the success of an ecosystems mapping exercise.

What exercises will be done?

Throughout the workshop, a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands on work will be used to tackle an ecosystem you're involved with. Participants will work in groups (6-8 per table) towards conceptualizing a service ecosystem map. Specific exercises include:

- Identifying primary and secondary ecosystem actors

- Drawing rich pictures of the ecosystem

- Grouping primary service clusters

- Expanding and diagraming the ecosystem 

- Identifying and applying ecosystem lenses

What will the audience take away from this workshop?

At the end of this workshop you should have a better grasp of systems thinking, and how ecosystems fit in your overall customer experience strategy. You'll also have the the basics required to facilitate an ecosystems mapping exercise in your organization. 

Any requirements for attending?

The material is best suited for designers, product managers and business leadership looking to add new techniques derived from systems thinking to their method toolbox. The workshop assumes some prior exposure to visual design thinking and a basic understanding of service design, though neither of those is a prerequisite.