This site uses cookies to provide you with a more responsive and personalised service. By using this site you agree to our use of cookies. Please read our cookie notice for more information on the cookies we use and how to delete or block them.

Bookmark Print page

Design as a discipline

Design should be so much more than just a project phase

Download Design as a discipline chapter

Selcted chapters to download Download chapter       Back to Tech Trends 2013 homepage

Design is already part of the IT vocabulary: Functional design, technical design, detail design, user interface (UI) design, and, more recently, user experience (UX) design. Throughout its history, however, design has generally remained a discrete set of deliverables or project phases, completed by specialised teams at distinct points during a project’s lifecycle. Individual facets of design have reflected little understanding of other related project activities, much less the broader context of the business vision and expected outcomes.

What’s missing may be a commitment to design as a business discipline, a commitment that takes shape by asking: What benefits would we gain if design were a pervasive and persistent aspect of each part of the enterprise? This kind of thinking moves design from just another software development lifecycle (SDLC) phase to an integral part of the IT environment.

Design as a discipline

IT can create a new niche for itself by cornering the market on design. On the front-end, on the back-end, creative, user experience, applications, services, data and infrastructure. Design adapted as a repeatable, deliberate approach.

Key contact

  • Kevin Walsh
    Partner and Practice Leader,
    Technology Consulting.

Related insights

Is user empowerment worth the disruption? Is user empowerment worth the disruption?
Empowering employees with sophisticated technologies can generate value, but may also cause disruption.

 

Related links

  • Back to Technology trends homepage
  • Tech Trends 2013 at a glance
  • Watch all videos
  • Technology Services
  • Learn more
  • CW500: Five technology forces that will change business forever
  • Digital app developer skills take centre stage in corporate IT
  • CW500: Skills shortage loom as development comes back in-house

Share this page

Email this Send to LinkedIn Send to Facebook Tweet this More sharing options
Follow:

Get in touch

More on Deloitte