development, VOC (Voice of the Customer) is a common research technique to
discover customer preferences, needs, expectations and aversions. Is
researching only the customer enough to inform product design?
Everyone) research methodology honors ALL stakeholders such as product
assemblers, shippers, maintenance techs, buyers, re-sellers and end-users. Products
developed with all stakeholders in mind succeed in meeting everyone's unique needs.
The VOE approach to understanding user and market needs is a comprehensive view
of a product's life cycle. VOE produces clear results and works well even with
highly disruptive product concepts, a contrast to traditional VOC methods that often
Identify everyone with a stake in the product
Rapidly articulate their needs, motivations and
Recognize and exploit areas of common interest
Recognize and mitigate areas of contention
Examine alternatives and select the most
promising way to proceed
Provide the development team with clear and actionable
Capture and retain insight so that future
efforts become increasingly efficient
understanding all needs as early as possible. It is the roadmap that uncovers
opportunities to deliver market-dominating solutions. VOE uncovers more
opportunities for product improvement, profitability and evolution than just
products or equipment to businesses who resell the product? Is your customer
just purchasing your product on behalf of another user? Traditional VOC will
limit design research.
actual product users who are often not the direct customer. For example,
consider the food service equipment industry. 'Paul in Purchasing' might buy
beverage dispensers for a caf' chain. He might be seen as the customer to the
beverage dispensing equipment manufacturer, but Paul is not 'Bella the Barista'
who will use the dispenser regularly or 'Chris the Customer' who routinely
requests a perfect Americano or 'Sam in Service' who is responsible for the
dispenser's maintenance. Each stakeholder has vastly differing priorities.
consideration of user experience, form and function. Results from user research
provide a clear vision to develop and position products with practical,
responsive and market-dominating solutions.
Effectiveness of Existing Design Processes
Simultaneous consideration of form, function,
features, fit, feasibility and user-experience
Rapid establishment of a rich set of
Structured comparison and selection of concepts
and development approaches
Measureable progress toward meeting final design
Visibility into competitive response options
Basis for communicating with market to confirm understanding
to acquire the information that will drive design decisions. Form and function
go hand-in-hand but understanding where everyone places value significantly
influences new product design and development.
Identifying areas of opportunity that help focus
time and resources toward developing solutions that will satisfy customer
needs, rather than chasing arbitrary alternatives
Getting it right the first time helps the
product meet or exceed everyone's needs to promote a positive reputation from
Reduction in redesign effort
Strong opportunity to position a product
immediately as a market leader
strategy. Researching beyond the 'customer' provides a view of every
stakeholders' interaction, perception and needs related to your product, brand
and business. Listen to the Voice of Everyone to discover a complete
understanding of opportunities. Success is out there if you're willing to
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