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Open Design Processes within the Enterprise

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

This past weekend, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking on both Open Innovation and Design thinking applied to Business Design.

And I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be great if the organization I worked for “opened up” its architecture and design work for broad consumption, sharing, and feedback/contributions for interested parties across the enterprise. This would require both shared enterprise “spaces” where ongoing design work – in business design, process design, and product design – was made visible/transparent to the enterprise, and enterprise collaboration processes that “plugged into” these shared design spaces.

Is this a good idea? It seems to be a common approach across open source projects, but I’m not aware of this approach being applied broadly within enterprises.

Any thoughts or comments on this approach?

glenn