The workshop is targeted at those that are responsible for, or involved with product and service development within an organisation. The workshop will introduce a design led approach to life cycle thinking and how to directly apply the key ideas, tools and techniques to your products, services and business in a practical and integrated manner.
The Workshop Series created by Locus Research initially ran in 2008 and is revised for 2009 as a sequence of three workshops to be delivered over two days
The content is structured 'progressively' so the second and third workshops build on the previous workshops to enable a more detailed investigation of the different areas. This creates a more accessible approach whilst still engaging with important aspects of life cycle thinking, management, and tools. Each workshop has a strong interactive learning component which is designed to apply and reinforce key learnings from each session.
This workshop introduces the key principles behind Life Cycle Thinking at a conceptual level.
It will discuss changing from an objective oriented design model to a system oriented design approach that incorporates the product life cycle. This workshop will have a design focus. It seeks to illustrate how life cycle thinking can be used in a commercial environment to not only create environmental improvements but to also provide insight into a design that can lead product innovation.
Life Cycle Management is defined as the managerial practices and organisational arrangements that apply life cycle thinking.
This workshop introduces how to apply life cycle thinking to the development and management of products and services. It touches on emerging issues related to international supply chains and the availability of information including some of the key standards and certifications that can indicate effective management within your supply chain.
This workshop will have a business and commercial focus. It seeks to provide a working picture of how life cycle thinking can be integrated to improve the delivery of your products and services as well as how to more effectively communicate within your organisation to key stakeholders.
This extends the thinking in the previous sessions with an interactive tools and methods focused workshop.
The session will reiterate and expand on the first two workshops, addressing the issues and impediments to implementing change within your business and for your clients.
The workshop presents an overview of life cycle thinking approaches such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Carbon Foot-printing, and Economic Input Output Modelling (EIOA) and discusses the importance of data to these approaches. However, emphasis will be on the workshop sessions in order to build further understanding of how to apply life cycle thinking, including where and how these tools are best used in the development process.