Subject to Change is a must read

Subject to ChangeI’ve been planning to write a short review on the latest book by the guys from Adaptive Path called Subject to Change for quite a while now.

Are you’re running a company that is still thinking in “products”? Are you wondering why more and more companies are hiring designers to work on their cooperate strategy instead of the usual managing consultants. We’ll then Subject to Change is a must read!

This book is a great entry for non-design people to understand why the Harvard Business Review, Business Week and WSJ are writing so much about the value of Design Thinking and creativity in business. It clearly explains the social shift that we’re going though. And most importantly what the impact is on profit and non-profit organization.

Most of the examples have some kind of “online” aspect to it. Of course most of the experience happen when you’re not behind a computer screen. The writers address this issue but someone who’s completely new to the topic might get stuck with the impression that experience design only applies to online services. That would be a shame as core of the book does a great job in explaining why our society needs people with a different mindset.

I’d like to see more examples that didn’t have anything to do with the internet, online or mobile phones. Just to cover the full spectrum. It would have been great if a project like Dott07 would have gotten some attention.

All in all Subject to Change is definitely on my top 3 list of books I’ve read in 2008.

If you don’t have the time to read the book you might consider watching this presentation they gave at Google.

Marc Fonteijn

Marc Fonteijn

Marc is co-founder of 31Volts and helps major private and public organizations to grow by designing services that cultivate a sustainable relationship with customers.

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