Development Objectives

The design objectives for developing humaneering technology focus on surmounting several challenges associated with assuring the effectiveness of humaneering technology. Among these challenges are:

  • The inherent complexity of people-dependent work systems
  • The transformation of disparate threads of scientific knowledge into effective systemic practices
  • Accessing voices of experience that otherwise can be marginalized by traditional perspectives
  • The construction of contextualized methods that adapt for situated differences
  • Achieving systemic optimization so as to produce maximized results in key metrics
  • Seeing what actually works in the presence of confounding effects
  • Making this complex knowledge accessible to work-system designers, managers, operators, and participants
  • Assuring the valid, consistent, and trustworthy communication and application of this knowledge

To meet these and additional challenges, the Humaneering Institute has crafted a development system with a process that is grounded in well accepted scientific principles, and practices grounded in proven R&D and commercialization practices from the aerospace, pharmaceutical, software, and other industries.

This development system depends on (1) a vast array of knowledge resources, (2) synthesis by research scholars and practitioners, (3) inductive development of high performing work, operations, and organizations, (4) field-application experiments conducted within host companies by Institute technology transfer teams made up of experienced consultants and research scholars, and (5) oversight by a network of stakeholder panels and review boards.