There were many challenges and concerns to consider, first for developing humaneering, and later for developing the DesignedWork protocol.
The development process we conceived is grounded with scientific principles and practices, and operationalized with development and commercialization practices utilized by the aerospace, pharmaceutical, software, and other industries. Key features include . . .
Perceive management’s experience
Perceive worker’s experience
Scan 200+ science disciplines
Scan technologies & innovations
Understand current methods
Summarize translated research
Review stakeholder standards
Develop opportunity concensus
Set higher standards
Simulate system behavior
Determine favorable conditions
Conceive testable methodology
Model situation analysis
Conceive fitting alternatives
Launch experimental conditions
Assess established metrics
The Humaneering Technology Initiative set out to conceive an institutional process (i.e., independent, self-supporting, self-governing) capable of developing and maintaining a robust and responsive applied human science (i.e., humaneering) that would provide users with effective and dependable direction that was simple to understand and easily adaptable to varying conditions.
Following the input from hundreds of scholars, practitioners and managers, a continuous four-stage development process was adopted.
Stage One provides a synthesis of existing knowledge and methods from now over 200 science disciplines, both theory (e.g., systems science, evolutionary psychology, environmental sociology) and practice (e.g., I/O psychology, organization development, human resources), combined with input from a broad array of less structured sources.
Stage Two emphasizes appreciative inquiry and abductive reasoning to imagine what’s not working, why, and what’s needed. Additional data gathering, modeling and alpha testing is often required.
Stage Three emphasizes system design and inductive reasoning, relying heavily on field-application research (i.e., private beta) to explore the unexplored, bridge knowledge gaps, and experiment with alternatives in varied situations.
Stage Four subjects promising designs to cross-cultural reliability testing (i.e., open beta) and deductive reasoning, both for validation and continuous calibration of contingencies across industries, cultures, and other variations.
Significant issues at any stage result in work being returned upstream for reconsideration and further development. Designs that perform well move on to a separate function for development of documentation and instruction.
This process operates continuously and responds to the identification of substantial new knowledge, either during periodic reviews or upon receipt of new data or thinking, by triggering new evaluations and potential redevelopment.
Evidence to date suggests that this development process is capable of making substantial contributions toward closing the “science-practice gap” in workforce management.
You can learn more about humaneering’s development, and how you can get involved, by joining our “insiders” Humaneering Community.