"People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole." (Theodore Levitt, Harvard marketing professor). Jobs-to-be-done is one of those concepts that intuitively makes so much sense, and yet still isn’t that widely known or used. The idea that you should focus on the job that someone is trying to do, rather than just the means of achieving , is not a revolutionary one, but is nonetheless incredibly powerful and insightful. As Clay Christensen, one of the fellow architects of jobs-to-be-done, has said, "In hindsight the job to be done is usually as obvious as the air we breathe. Once they are known, what to improve (and not to improve) is just as obvious".
This interactive and hands-on workshop, from UX Cambridge 2017 covers how to use jobs-to-be-done to not only come up with innovative ideas, but to research and design better user experiences, regardless of whether someone is starting from a blank sheet, or improving an existing product or service.
It includes how to identify jobs-to-be-done, how to use job stories to help frame jobs-to-be-done and how to enhance personas, user journey maps and even user stories using jobs-to-be-done.