Workshop Exercises: Understand

Service Blueprint

Map the processes that drive an experience

Illustration of Service Blueprint
Run a Service Blueprint play

Also called: Service Blueprint Diagram

Timing: Planning

Run time
60-90 minutes

Group size

Why: Discover ways to streamline operations, enhance customer satisfaction, and deliver a seamless and consistent service

When: Use to design or refine service experiences or when seeking to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction

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Instructions for running this play

  1. Choose the customer scenario you want to explore
  2. Review business goals (final outcome) and relevant user research.
  3. Build a Journey Map together, plotting in the actions a customer will take in chronological order
  4. Build out the map together. Plot processes, actors, support systems, and technologies that exist behind the scenes.
  5. Draw lines of interaction, where the customer interacts with your service or employees
  6. Draw  lines of visibility, where your organizational processes become invisible to the customer
  7. Draw lines of internal action, where employees who don’t come in contact with the customer step in to support the service.
  8. Draw cross-functional relationships and dependencies that cross-cut steps in the map.
  9. Consider highlighting pain points for both the customer and the organization, what already works well, waiting points, repeats, change requirements, where new services are required, and what is specific to a region.

Tips to perfect this play

Master and adapt the play to fit your context and needs.

Tip: Shared understanding

Maps are for creating a shared understanding across disciplines – between you, your team, and your stakeholders. Invite everyone relevant.

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