The Methodology

Food Agility will use contemporary agile and user-centric design principles, combined with deep engagement with the food sector, to optimise adoption of digital services. The Food Agility CRC’s methodology will:

1) identify and scope business problems using design-led thinking

2) use participatory project design to engage all stakeholders in developing outputs

3) have a trans-disciplinary research approach

4) a portfolio investing in both applied and strategic research

5) develop outputs in a fast-moving, flexible and iterative challenge response manner with regular industry validation (i.e. using agile development), and

6) provide opportunities for experiential or work integrated learning in the agrifood industry.

The CRC’s agile development approach will enable teams to deliver on agreed milestones in iterative stages, using market validation to calibrate research and increase success of adoption.

Design led thinking will be used to develop Technology Roadmaps for individual or groups of participants and members of the agrifood sector. Challenge Workshops will be held to co-create problem definitions and train participants in agile development. “Design Central” will be the CRC’s vehicle to inspire, nurture and connect people. Design Central will be delivered via physical and virtual hubs in a distributed way around Australia, linking networks around food production, processing and retail activities. 

Participatory project design or “co-operative design” actively involves stakeholders in the project scoping, development, execution and adaptation to ensure their needs are met and outputs are usable.

The Food Agility CRC brings together agrifood domain knowledge with digital technology and analytics strengths. Importantly it will also integrate business (industry up-take of innovation, workforce development, business process management), law (intellectual property and innovation law) and social sciences (digital media research, sociology) expertise to ensure a systems perspective is brought to bear when solving problems.

Our trans disciplinary approach will involve:

  • participants identifying business challenges or industry problems
  • harnessing expertise, technologies and capabilities from numerous research disciplines and industry practices
  • to achieve outcomes and the adoption of the new technologies.