Who said summer was full of lazy days by the lake? For the Innovation Labs team, we have a packed calendar, and kicked off the official Summer of Innovation with a couple of design events in the UK.
We held our first UK design jam in our beautifully-renovated Thames Valley Park (TVP) office. Our sponsor for the event was Clive Swan, SVP of Cloud HCM Applications. As Mindi mentioned, we were excited to run an event in TVP since a lot of the development and product management from HCM is located in TVP, and they're already well established as an innovative group within Oracle, leading the way with Simplified Apps.
Summary: they didn't disappoint.
We had 5 teams competing. Not surprising, there were a lot of HCM scenarios, but also some innovative approaches to visualizing information that can be applied to many use cases.
Team "Graphically Challenging" is having too much fun
Entries ran the gamut from improving applications setup using visual cues (yes, please) to creating and managing benefits plans for administrators, a creative, much needed "what if" analysis tool to determine the best mix of benefits at annual selection time, and a highly visual way to manage search facets. The winning entry from Team HCMazing was a clever and highly visual way to easily and immediately know the health of your data.
Team HCMazing accepting their prizes
All in all, it was a great day. I always say we look for seeds of ideas at Innovation Events, and hope to find something that can be built out quickly into a proof of concept. I'm not sure if it was the depth of experience and subject-matter expertise in this case, but all of the entries presented seem highly productizable. Well done, TVP!
Julian Challenger can't believe some of the ideas Team Simplicity has
Not to rest on our laurels after a successful design jam, the team took a day to regroup, then ran a design workshop for our Oracle Usability Advisory Board (OUAB) members. The goal of the event was to impart some best practices for visualizing data and allow the participants to experience a mini design jam on their own to be able to bring back some new skills to their own companies. In this case, there was at least one dedicated UX person per team to help them as they went through the process of identifying their users and the users "big questions" and go through the exercise of wireframing for that case.
Scones. What is this thing called clotted cream, and can I just eat it with a spoon?
The two events would not have been a success without the significant efforts of the organizers and mentors. Erika Webb and Serguei Orozco join me in giving a big thanks to them all: Katy Massucco, Anthony Lai, Julian Orr, Sherry Mead, John Cartan, and our judges, Jeremy Ashley, who came over to judge the event and marvel at the TVP remodel, Duncan Mills and of course, Clive Swan. Special kudos go to our feet-on-the-ground organizers Lancy Silveira and Linda Clarkson.
What's next? The Summer of Innovation is just starting! Stay tuned for info about our HQ IoT Hackathon the end of this month, a ShipIt in Mexico, and 2 additional design jams in August at HQ. I think I might owe my team some vacation time. Happy Summer!