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Apply Design Thinking to Build Empathy With the Business

Use design thinking and journey mapping to make IT the business’ go-to problem solver.

  • Business satisfaction with IT is low.
  • IT and the business have independently evolving strategy, initiatives, and objectives.
  • IT often exceeds their predicted project costs and has difficulty meeting the business’ expectations of project quality and time-to-market.

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Critical Insight

  • Business needs are unclear or ambiguous.
  • IT and the business do not know how to leverage each other’s talent and resources to meet their common goals.
  • Not enough steps are taken to fully understand and validate problems.
  • IT can’t pivot fast enough when the business’s needs change.

Impact and Result

Product, service, and process design should always start with an intimate understanding of what the business is trying to accomplish and why it is important.

Apply Design Thinking to Build Empathy With the Business Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should apply experience design to partner with the business, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Research

Identify goals and objectives for experience design, establish targeted stakeholders, and conduct discovery interviews.

2. Map and iterate

Create the journey map, design a research study to validate your hypotheses, and iterate and ideate around a refined, data-driven understanding of stakeholder problems.

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Workshop: Apply Design Thinking to Build Empathy With the Business

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Introduction to Journey Mapping

The Purpose

Understand the method and purpose of journey mapping.

Key Benefits Achieved

Initial understanding of the journey mapping process and the concept of end-user empathy.




Introduce team and discuss workshop motivations and goals.


Discuss overview of journey mapping process.


Perform journey mapping case study activity.

  • Case Study Deliverables – Journey Map and Empathy Maps

Module 2: Persona Creation

The Purpose

Begin to understand the goals and motivations of your stakeholders using customer segmentation and an empathy mapping exercise.

Key Benefits Achieved

Understand the demographic and psychographic factors driving stakeholder behavior.




Discuss psychographic stakeholder segmentation.


Create empathy maps for four segments.

  • Stakeholder personas

Generate problem statements.


Identify target market.

  • Target market of IT

Module 3: Interview Stakeholders and Start a Journey Map

The Purpose

Get first-hand knowledge of stakeholder needs and start to capture their perspective with a first-iteration journey map.

Key Benefits Achieved

Capture the process stakeholders use to solve problems and empathize with their perspectives, pains, and gains.




Review discovery interviewing techniques.

  • Customized discovery interview template

Review and modify the discovery questionnaire

  • Results of discovery interviewing

Demonstrate stakeholder interview.


Synthesize learnings and begin creating a journey map.

Module 4: Complete the Journey Map and Create a Research Study

The Purpose

Hypothesize the stakeholder journey, identify assumptions, plan a research study to validate your understanding, and ideate around critical junctures in the journey.

Key Benefits Achieved

Understand the stakeholder journey and ideate solutions with the intention of improving their experience with IT.




Finish the journey map.

  • Completed journey map for one IT process, product, or service

Identify assumptions and create hypotheses.


Discuss field research and hypothesis testing.


Design the research study.

  • Research study design and action plan

Discuss concluding remarks and next steps.

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About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.


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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Get the help you need in this 2-phase advisory process. You'll receive 7 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation 1: Research
  • Call 1: Establish a design team.
  • Call 2: Create customer personas and identify a target market.
  • Call 3: Develop an interview questionnaire.

Guided Implementation 2: Map and iterate
  • Call 1: Develop a first-iteration journey map.
  • Call 2: Plan a research study.
  • Call 3: Test your hypotheses.
  • Call 4: Analyze the journey and ideate solutions.


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