Everyone will have to adjust to changes in the world after the COVID-19 crisis is behind us. The "In-Person Economy" is eroding. Remote work will be more common. People will expect to do more things online than ever before. Many of the old norms you built your business on will no longer be true.

Customer behavior and expectations will change. Your products, services, and the way your teams build them will need to change, too.

Here are several exercises your company should be doing right now to prepare for and respond to the new normal and be ahead of the pack.

1. Customer Value Mapping

Map out your customers' path using your products and services to find ways to improve or add to the value you create for them by creating a User Journey Map. How well do you understand the task they are trying to accomplish and the steps they take to do it? Overlay those steps with how your product and business model works to find gaps that can be closed, chances to remove friction, and new ways to create and capture value.

Related: Do you really understand your User Journey?

2. Find Your Adjacent Possible

Look at your organization’s skills and resources alongside current market conditions to find new ways to create and capture value. First make a bullet of things your team does well and has newly freed capacity for. Then make a list of your customers' needs - especially any needs that are new in the wake of how the world has changed. Finally, make a list of potential ways you can address those needs using your skills and capacity to deliver. Focus your efforts on where those three lists intersect.

Related: Framing Your Design Challenges

3. Revisit Your Value Propositions

With a new view of your Customer Journey and how you create value you can breathe new life into your Value Propositions. Use the Value Proposition Canvas to describe who your customer is and what they are trying to accomplish, then connect their pains and gains directly to the pain relievers and gain creators your product delivers.

Related: Download the Value Proposition Canvas and other helpful tools

4. Do a Tech Enablement Review

Every company has some old manual tasks or clunky processes that can be modernized. Looking at your User Journey you can spot processes that can be enhanced or replaced by technology to be more efficient, lower your operating and delivery costs, and drive productivity.

5. Double-Check Your Business Model Alignment

Unlock value by aligning your product strategy with customer goals and your business goals. Magical things can happen when business teams understand their users’ needs and wants. You can discover interesting new sources of revenue for the company while delivering more value to the customer. Now that you have an updated User Journey and Value Proposition, use the Business Model Canvas to sort out how you can increase revenue and lower your costs while providing more value to your customers.

Related: 4 Steps to a Human-Centered Business Model

6. Review Your Design Processes

Even teams who were already working remotely have been disrupted by these changes. Fortunately, there are tried and true methods and processes for staying connected and effective while working from anywhere. Look at how to improve your asynchronous communications so people can focus on getting things done, establish better meeting agendas to make the most of everyone's time, and install better collaboration tools so everyone can stay connected and informed regardless of their location.

Related: The Importance of a Great Design Process

Why Now?

Now is the time for action. If you don't adapt to the new normal you'll be left behind by companies who do. Take advantage of the added time your team has by working from home and reshape how you work together to be more efficient and productive.

If you believe now is the time to take action, to make the most of this opportunity and change your products, services, and the way you build them for the better, we'd love to talk with you. Schedule a time to talk here.