News and Events
» 15. July 2013 –
We set up a new website at www.uxberlin.com and
www.uxberlin.com/de (for the German version).
It contains an overview and downloads of Hennings publications and information on the
Business Modeling Starter Kit.
» 12. November 2012 –
Within the lecture series on entrepreneurship
at the Technical University Berlin we present and practise our approach to business models.
Come and join or check out the slidedeck.
» 18. October 2012 –
We created a new offering named "Lean Venturing" for coaching corporate ventures and their steering. A process and
a set of methods combine business modeling approaches with organizational learning practises. Theory and cases
we will present at ISPIM 2012 Symposium in Seoul.
» 20. June 2012 –
Learning from the Future
Action for Innovation - Innovating from Experience: This is the title of this years conference of the society
for professional innovation management ISPIM 2012. We will participate with a new approach to develop and utilize future
scenarios as means for innovation development and organizational learning. Come and join us in Barcelona!
» 24. April 2012 –
The Innovationforum Berlin, set up for and with Telekom Innovation Laboratories received the Best Practice Award
for Online Research - also thanks to
our colleagues who delivered a great presentation! A short description of the Innovationforum and its activities
has just been published
online in German. The full paper in English you may download
» 10. March 2012 –
User-Driven Business Modeling
Our new workstream on business modeling is going public. Think about the value proposition, customer segments and
touchpoints of your business; model revenue and costs, and configure core capabilities, partnering networks. Our approach (developed
with Telekom Innovation Laboratories) starts with structured ideation and benchmark studies and reaches from storytelling and
prototypes to detailed business process models. The paper
was presented at the IADIS conference on eSociety 2012.
» 29. September 2011 –
Mindfulness for Innovation - Publication and conference
In cooperation with ICL Interventions for Corporate Learning we bring together
two approaches to strategic learning in the face of uncertainty: Future Research (FR) as a set of methodologies to
imagine and elaborate on future developments within companies and their environment, and High Reliability Organizing
(HRO) as an approach to cultivate collective mindfulness. At SKM Conference on
Competence-based Strategic Management in Linz we present new challenges and capabilities required to identify
and exploit opportunities for innovation. You may download an extended version of the paper here.
» 20. July 2011 –
Publications and conference presentations on future scenarios
Some of our recent works systematically explore alternative future developments in
telecommunication, mobile human-computer interaction, and learner-centered design. Henning published results and
presents use cases for ubiquitous learning at the international conferences
ED-Media in Lisbon. His latest contribution is on future scenarios in strategic consulting
and will be presented at
IADIS International Conference on Telecommunications, Networks and Systems
» 8. July 2011 –
User-Driven Innovation at Telekom Innovation Laboratories
Henning continues to manage and extend a project field focussing on user-driven innovation
and interactive system development at
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories . Within more than three dozen projects we introduced and conducted
ethnographic user research, user clinics, ideation and futures workshops, online panels, scenario process
and developed new HCI and participatory research methods.
» 18. February
2011 – Lectures and exercises at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Henning gave another class on
strategic user research for students of interface design in Potsdam.
This semesters focus topics: Contextual inquiries to gather user requirements,
and futures scenarios to explore design concepts for mobile learning.
Thanks to one of the students you may explore some of the
classes content here.
» 10. December
2010 – Bovacon develops new strategies of how to improve project reporting and controlling
For an innovation department of a large telekom provider we developed new strategies of how to improve project reporting and controlling, considering specifics of innovation projects and given organizational structures and processes. We combined methods like rolling budget, agile monthly sprints and simplified project scoring using our pragmatic approach to solving organizational challenges.
» 30. November
2010 – Bovacon identifies possibilities for improving intranet usage at a large telekom provider
Based on our previous engagement where we identified possibilities for improving the intranet usage at an innovation department of a large telekom provider, we started a project reorganizing the intranet and supporting a technical migration to the new version of the MS SharePoint.
» 5.-7. October
2010 – Bogo presents at the IAF (International Apparel Federation) conference in Hong Kong
Bogo gave a talk with the title "Social Media in the apparel industry" at the IAF Conference in Hong Kong. Doing this he opened a new way to answer the conference theme question: "How retailer brands, internet and green manufacturing are transforming fashion business".
» 23. September
2010 – Bogo wins the IA Conference audience award
Bogo received an award for his talk on the IA Conference in Cologne, May 2010. In his talk, titled "Riding on the Storm – A Survival Guide for IAs to Service Design", Bogo took a critical view on the actual buzzword "service design" and dared forecasts of how to survive future buzzwords.
» 20. September
2010 – Bovacon starts working on agile management and developmentmethods at a large European utility provider
We started a new project leading implementation and roll-out of agile management and development methods at a large European utility provider. We support pilot projects by providing leading, coaching and training, we develop a methods toolbox with an active collaboration community, and make agile project management practices and integral part of the companys project management practices.
2010 – Bovacon is working on "Afghanistan today"
Bovacon has done a conceptual design for the MICT project website Afghanistan today, including a social media integration and strategy. The Afghanistan-Today is a live platform for Afghanistan journalists-in-training to publish their original articles.
» 22. June
2010 – Selection and roll-out of a project management tool
We started a project defining a project management and reporting tool for program and portfolio management at a large company with several dozent projects. The goal is to improve efficiency by reducing administrative and data management efforts.
» 16. June
2010 – Bogo presented at a Mitarbeiterportale Conference
Bogo gave a talk with the title "How much Facebook does a company need" at a MiPo 2010 conference in Schloß Kapfenburg. Bogo talked how company intranets and internal corporate communication can benefit from Social Media and presented several examples. He also warned against using a Facebook as a company intranet and communication tool.
» 12. May
2010 – Bogo presented at a Information Architecture Conference in Cologne
At the German Information Architecture conference Bogo gave a talk titled "Riding on the Storm – A Survival Guide for IAs to Service Design". Bogo took a critical view at the service design buzz, compared it with User Experience and Information Architecture and provided tips on how to stay on top of all buzzwords and survive in the future.
For our partner MICT we did a conceptual design and project management for a DAAD website www.tabadul.de. The website supports the process of awarding scholarships to Iraqi-Students at German universities. Although a relatively simple website, the complex subject, languages and the process roll-out made this a very interesting and fun project.
» 9. April 2010 – Strategic User Research.
Henning starts a new lecture at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. It is a theoretical, methodological and hands-on introduction into strategic user research and related issues of open innovation and futures studies.
» 26. March 2010 – Website Project Iraq.
Supporting our friends from MICT International we started to work on an international website project to be launched for Iraq.
» 22. October
2009 – agile project management review.
In a project for a large bank we conducted a
thorough review of a large software development project that introduced
agile methods at the bank. We assessed the state of the project, maturity
of the implementation of agile methods, and provided recommendations on how
In the last couple of years we coached and managed several implementation
of agile methodologies in large projects in complex environments. When the
time allows, we will deliver a summarized report with collected best
practices and pitfalls.
» 19. October
2009 – Conference Keynote
Bogo gave an opening keynote speech at The Finnish Technical Communications conference
Bogo talked about user communities, their impact on technical communication
and user assistance and provided foresights for the future. Later on he
gave another talk on how the user assistance community can benefit from
methods used by information architect.
» 15. October
2009 – Project Portfolio and Reporting Tool
For a strategic department of a large telecom
provider we are starting a project to define management and reporting needs
for a portfolio of projects. The project will include process and data
needs analysis, conceptual dashboard design and tool selection and
» 15. July 2009
– agile methods implementation at a large banking project
Introducing agile methods to large projects with
30 plus members in a complex banking environment is a challenge. Based on
our experience in software engineering and management of complex projects,
we will be coaching agile development and detailing the methodology for a
» 19-24 July
2009 - HCIi
At HCI International 2009 in San Diego, California, we will present two of our
latest works. A full aper on "Love at First Encounter" addresses
the start-up experience with new applications. "Network Effects of
Synthetic Services" deals with the generation of value for users by
means of synthesizing mobile services in Japan.
» 15 February
2009 – Brand Management System &xnbsp;
For a leading branding agency we designed a
conceptual architecture or a Brand Management System (BMS) based on our
“Reference Architecture” where we combine best practices from the industry.
Based on this and several other projects dealing with marketing efficiency,
process optimization and calculating return on investment, we are combining
the experiences into a new service offering – "Brand and Marketing
» 12. December
2008 – Bogo was interviewed for a popular podcast
Tom Johnson’s blog and podcast I’d rather be writing is a
legend in the field of technical communication. Tom interview Bogo on the
role of technical communication in product design and the future trends and
link to the interview. For all really paying attention – you can here
the coffee shop noises in the background. Bogo was interviewed via skype at
his coffee shop karvana.
» 15. October
2008 - Wireless ICT
Henning presents recent developments and trends
for mobile applications in Japan
at the WCI conference in Berlin.
Usage scenarios related to mobile learning and literature, mobile mangas
and TV, QR-Codes, and contactless payment, and the ecosystems these
applications create provide lessons to be learned for the European market.
» 4. July 2008 -
Henning presents his latest research on
interactive environments for contextual learning at the ED-Media World Conference of Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and
Telecommunications in Vienna and
the IEEE ICALT Conference in Santander, Spain.
» 30. March 2008
- 2D Barcodes
We just completed a study on past experiences and
future business prospects for 2D barcodes in Korea
Linking the physical and the online world use of barcodes is already an
indispensable and omnipresent aspect of east asian mobile culture.
» 13. March 2008
- WinWriters conference in Portland, Oregon.
Bogo is an invited speaker at the WinWriters conference.
Bogo will talk about benefiting from Web2.0 practices for corporate
communication and user assistance, present an essential toolkit for information
architects, and participate at the pundit panel.
» 12. March 2008
- Usability expert panel at Bentley College, USA
As every year, Bogo participates at the usability
experts panel at the Bentley College, USA. Together with Joe Dumas,
Tom Tullis, Gregg Almquist, Bob Virzi and James Elroy, Bogo will discuss
usability profession, trends and experiences with the students of the Information Design program at Bentley.
» 10. March 2008
- Completed a project on personalization
We just completed a project where we developed
personalization concepts for a large consumer portal and conceptualized and
detailed several consumer tools. We will present the experiences at several
conferences in 2008.
» 8. March 2008
- Quality management project successfully completed
A project for a large car manufacturer in Germany
completed. In this complex IT-project we provided quality management and
quality assurance support, detailing QM- and QS-processes and supported the
» 6. March 2008
- Usability Conference in Copenhagen
Bogo was an invited speaker at the usability
conference in Copenhagne, organized by DANSK-IT. Bogo talked
about experience in involving users into design activities.
» 15. February
2008 - Information Design Journal publishes an
interview with Bogo Vatovec
An interview with Bogo, conducted by Saul Carliner
during the STC conference, was published in the Information Design
Journal, Volume 15, Number 3, 2007.
» 30. January
2008 - Pecha Kucha
Henning will present selected works and stories
from our research and consulting activities at the original Pecha Kucha
night in Super Deluxe, Tokyo.
» 15. December
2007 - Mobile Contexts
We present our latest paper on mobile systems for
contextual learning and the IEICE conference for Educational Technologies
in Fukuoka, Kyushu, the southern island of Japan. We focus on the question
how mobile technologies can be applied to support learning activities in
location, time and user-releated contexts.
» 10. December
2007 - Disaster Prevention
We are participating in an international project
to set up an early warning system for natural disasters. Information from
various resources and geographically distributed sensors is brought
together and visualised in a complex decision support system. Applying
expert evaluations and eye-tracking studies our first job was the
evaluation and improvement of the preliminary interfaces for the decision
» 30. November
2007 - Migration
We delivered a concept how to inform users about
the new features and content on the website of a big German broadcasting
network. The concept covers essential information about the relaunch,
portraits of new content domains, a quick reference card for printout and
structured ways to obtain and analyse user feedback. We are curious about
» 22. November
2007 - Japans Mobile Economy
We conducted our second travel to leading
institutions in Japanese IT Research and Development. This time we visited
large companies like KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Sony, NEC, Waseda University,
NICT and Bridgestone. We thank our hosts for presenting such innovative
topics like fingerbone conduction, powder-based flexible displays, 3D
displays, sonic data transmission, free-viewpoint television and many more.
» 1. November
2007 - Pattern Workshops
We prepared and conducted a series of workshops
"How to work with Interaction Design Patterns". We explained
advantages and potential workflows for the interaction design pattern
approach in large companies and provided hand-on experiences. Within the
three hour workshops participants learned how to extract patterns from
existing solutions and how to apply them in the context of service
» 3. September
2007 - Pattern Evaluation
Continuing our work on interaction design patterns
as a means to communicate and institutionalize usability issues we conduct
an empirical evaluation of working with patterns in cooperation with the Interaction Design Lab in Potsdam.
» 16. August
2007 - Technology Radar
Scouting for new developments in ICT in Japan
we found more than four dozen. For Technology Radar of the Deutsche Telekom-Laboratories we delivered profiles for upcoming technologies like mobile
multiplayer and voice-control games, domestic robotics, and large projected
» 28. July 2007
Consolidating cooperations with Japanese R&D
we presented our works on early phases of mobile interaction design to
Japanese institutions such as KDDI
Research and Development Laboratories.
» 11. April 2007
- Interview with PingMag
The English / Japanese Design Magazine PingMag
interviewed Henning in Tokyo and now published an article about his work
there. Have a look and feel free to comment on PingMag . If you want join Henning learning Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji see
» 2. February
2007 - Webscore Expert Analysis
In cooperation with the Interaction Design Lab of
the University for Applied Sciences Potsdam we conducted an expert
evaluation of the prototype and alternative designs within the website
redesign of the Investment Bank of Berlin .
» 25. December
2006 - Successfull 2006 and a great start in the 2007
We are happy to say that the 2007 has been an
extremely successfull year for bovacon. We are even more happy to announce
the fact that we prolonged contracts with all our clients and acquired new
businesses for the 2007.
We wish our clients and other visitors of our
website lots of sucess in the New Year.
» 20. October
2006 - 28. February 2007 - Research and Technology Scouting in Japan
Henning is spending 4 months on a research
fellowship at the Waseda
University in Tokyo after having
received an invitation and award from NICT, the National Institute of Information and
Communication Technology, Japan.
An update on his activities is posted on our News section.
» 2. October
2006 - Migration Project.
Applying various methods like heuristic
evaluations, contextual task analysis and a migration-workshop we accompany
the transition of the online activities of a large public radio and
television network. The project continues in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
» 29. September
2006 - Presentation at the European Information Architecture Summit.
Bogo is delivering a presentation about our study
of content adaptation solutions and their impact on information architects
and their work.
» 28. September
2006 - Workshop: Introduction to usability.
Expanding services at one of our regular clients
with usability. For a client where we regularly work as process and
software engineering consultants, Bogo conducted an introductury workshop
on usability. The goal is to establish usability as one of the key
competencies for the client in the future.
» 27. September
2006 - ICT Perspectives on our aging society.
Henning finished and presented the results of an
in-depth study for German
Telekom Laboratories. We conducted a
literature study, expert interviews, user studies on the impact of the
demographic change to the design and development of information and
communication technologies. Results covered latest research findings,
prototypes and product evaluations and guidelines for developing
technologies suitable for elderly users.
» 18. August
2006 - Online Survey.
We created an online survey on gaming habits and
usage of the gamona network www.gamona.de for Webguidez Entertainment GmbH.
» 7. June 2006 -
Redesign of a web portal for a non-profit organization.
As a manager of the STC Information Design and Architecture
community, Bogo will be managing the effort of redesigning the STC website.
» 2. June 2006 -
Interaction Design Patterns.
We participated in a large commercial research and
development project on interaction design patterns to create a unified user
experience across applications, platforms and devices. The project is being
conducted in cooperation with University
of Applied Sciences in Potsdam and the
Fraunhofer IAO Stuttgart.
» 5. June 2006 -
Keynote at the CIDM Best Practices Conference in September.
Bogo will give a keynote at the Best Practices
conference of The Center for Information-Development Management in San Diego, California.
» 1. June 2006 -
Presentation at the localization class for Bentley College, USA on June 15.
Bogo will remotely via video-conference present at
the localization class at the Bentley
College, Boston, USA.
The focus will be on the new trends and challenges in the localization and
information industry and experiences from Europe
» 25. May 2006 -
Keynote at the Citec Information Academy (CIA) on June 14.
Bogo will present his views on the importance of
technical communication and future trends at the next Citec Information
Academy (CIA) seminar on 14. June 2006 in Helsinki, Finland.
» 12. April 2006
- Eyetracking study for Immobiliensout24
We conducted an eyetracking-evaluation of
different design approaches in the redesign of Immobilienscout24 website.
» 31. March 2006
- Content adaption study
We concluded the study on content adaptation
solutions for mobile devices. Solutions make it possible to display large
websites on a mobile device, but do not make the site necessarily usable.
» 26. March 2006
- ED-Media conference paper
Henning will present a paper at the ED-Media 2006
World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and
» 16. March 2006
- NICT Award Japan
Henning was granted the NiCT-Award of Japan.
In the end of 2006 he will visit the Waseda University Tokyo.
» 10. March 2006
- Technology Review interview
Bogo was interviewed and is featured in two
articles in the M.I.T. Technology Review Magazine.
» 3. March 2006
- Inflight entertainment concept
Together with our partner Wunderman we worked on a
conceptual redesign of a reach-media inflight entertainment system for a
» 1. March 2006
- Content adaption project
We just started on a new project: a quantitative
and qualitative evaluation of content adaptation solution for mobile
» 1. February
2006 - Multimedia composer study
We finished a user experience study of a
multimedia composer application. More details in the News section.
» 25. January
2006 - TCANZ - conference presentation
An article by Mike Unwalla reports from the TCANZ
conference in New Zealland where Bogo hold two presentation - see old News.
article as PDF.
» 25. January
2006 - Interface design presentation
At the Center for Human-Machine Interaction at the
Technical University of Berlin we presented previous works together with
the Interaction Design Lab (IDL) Potsdam.
» 27. December
2005 - Project management consulting
Managing large and many projects at the same time
is a challenge. In a new consulting project for a software development
company, we are defining a program and project management methodology for
managing programs and large projects.
» 20. December
2005 - Project management methodology
In a consulting project for one development area
of the largest software development companies we are defining the project
management methodology and the necessary training for project managers.
» 13. December
2005 - STC organization management
Bogo Vatovec has been nominated a manager of the Society for
Technical Communication (STC) Special Interest Group (SIG) Information
Architecture and Design. For more information about the STC organization,