Global Service Jam

We’ve just confirmed some more details about this years Global Service Jam in Aberdeen, which you can catch up on at the Aberdeen Jam website. You can book a free ticket from that site. Please only take a ticket if you have the weekend of 7th-9th free to participate.

Last year was the first Jam I’d helped organise, and it was great fun. It was really exciting to see people using relatively simple but powerful service design tools and techniques to take ideas from initial concept to robust prototype over a weekend.

I left last years event with a real sense of urgency to apply this mindset of rapid iteration at work. I can honestly say that we’ve made progress in that direction – thanks in no small part to the GSJ experience.

Seeing these techniques work so well with a mixed group, where most teams hadn’t met each other before that weekend, proved the value of the process.

You can find out more about GSJ at these sites:

Anyone can take part – you just need to have some enthusiasm for design, and a willingness to push forward with ideas to test and improve on them. You don’t need any specific experience or skills to take part – and all activities are team based, with experienced facilitators available to guide you throughout the weekend.

We’ve added a bit more depth and breadth to the facilitation team for 2014, and have some plans to tweak the running order a little to make things more fun.

If you have any questions about GSJ get in touch on twitter – I’ll be happy to give you more info to help you decide whether it’s for you. (hint – it is!).

We’re on the lookout for additional sponsors – so if your company would like to help us bring this great event to Aberdeen do drop me a line.

Some pics from last year.

Participants in the 2013 Aberdeen Jam
Participants in the 2013 Aberdeen Jam
Participants in the 2013 Aberdeen Jam