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Remote Work Preparation: Offshore Planners working onshore (COVID 19)


40-60% Increase in planning activities

12%+ Increase in offshore technician’s spanner time

Carbon footprint positively reduced


• 8 key obstacles identified through user research and analysis, which will enable planners to work efficiently both onshore and offshore
• Recommendations for next steps provided to key stakeholders, opportunities identified in Service Design blueprint
• 4 Defined personas created through remote user research for BP to use as the basis for investment and decisions for planners and their needs


Discovery and analysis, user research, UX and service design


Building on existing research, We created multiple Mural boards to remotely validate insights and observations with BP stakeholders across the different regions, also conducting desk research on BP documentation to have a clear understanding of processes and activities for the different types of planners both onshore and offshore.

Existing research

User Research

We conducted over 25 interviews across 4 continents using Microsoft Teams to try to identify any differences in goals, needs, gaps, pain-points, and opportunities for the different types of planners working both onshore and offshore. We created a mural board that we could use to collaborate with stakeholders and product owners, to help define the focus persona(s), and to conduct user journey mapping exercises


Defining the future persona(s)

Focusing on the future, with COVID driving the change in working remotely, we conducted co-creation workshops in Mural with stakeholders and SME’s using the user research collated as well as empathy mapping their future behaviors, goals, needs, and motivations. This provides the client with a reference point for business decisions for each role in the future. Any decision should positively align with the needs and goals of each persona.


Service Design

We used the method of Service Design to help BP understand not only the future ways of working but an AS IS (How do people, process, tools, data, gaps, pain-points, and frustrations currently fit into the business model. With a view of what would need to change in order for the future personas to be successful. These are identified as ‘opportunities’ in the blueprint and give valuable insight into what BP can potentially action.

Service Design


Based on our research findings and the service design blueprint we were able to make some recommendations for what BP could potentially do next. I plotted these out into an ideas matrix to help understand value, cost, and benefit for both BP and the ‘Users (Planners)’.


Ideate workshops with SME’s and Stakeholders. How can we think out of the box, what could we do differently?

Ideate workshops