Moving HS2 to a service design approach
High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway being built as the backbone of the national rail network. It will link London and Birmingham to Manchester, the East Midlands and Leeds. It is the first main line railway to be built in the UK since 1899.
HS2 was looking to achieve a step-change in its ability to design, deliver and operate high-quality IT solutions that were better aligned with the needs of the organisation and its users.
A design research methodology was employed which focused on user needs and building empathy between users – HS2 staff and partners – and designers – those with responsibility for creating and maintaining the IT systems.
Following a series of interviews and cultural probes with over 100 users from across the organisation, HS2 gained a wide understanding of high-level user needs, pain points and personas The engagements helped HS2 understand how and why people interacted with technology and they informed strategic decisions about technology design and procurement.
Rainmaker committed to skills transfer, delivering the whole project in close collaboration with the HS2 team and producing a toolkit for conducting effective user research in future.
“Rainmaker have been able to tell us quickly what needs to be done, but in such a positive way that it has created fantastic results within the team.”
Head of Information Management, HS2
Detailed understanding of user needs.
Extensive knowledge transfer.
Technology at heart of organisation.
Rainmaker kicked-off by running a three-month discovery exercise to help clarify the Council’s vision and translate it into a delivery model, validated by user research, that leveraged market opportunities, as well as accommodating the risks involved.
In week one, we completed an audit of existing Discovery work. We agreed governance, confirmed working practices, built out a skeleton of the final deliverables and baselined a plan to make it happen.
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