This chain of carefully manufactured steps fed into a larger transformation not only of people’s mindset but also of particular ways of working. It changed the way we see our researcher roles within the company and opened the door for further personal growth and benefits to the business.
For example, today I feel very strongly about the idea of automation and outsourcing monkey work to external solutions and algorithms. However, automation isn’t about passing the responsibility but it is about freeing time and resources to clear that valuable head space for more strategic, visionary thinking and decision making.
"Work smart and aim not to do any work, because you will always have something to do". :) This great piece of comedy wisdom emphasises the need to free your time as much as possible to make space for other, higher, better type of work. The newfound time can significantly transform the researcher role to:
Create an internal service to help other people within the business solve their problems effectively. Roughly speaking, in this case the researcher role will be shifting towards a product owner role.