From design principles to product design: the role of technical codes

During my Kitetail blogging days, I explored the key principles of design. Today, I realize it is important to revisit these principles from the perspective of the critical theory of technology. Andrew Feenberg reminds us that "the choice between alternatives ultimately depends neither on technical … [Read more...]

From waste to value: product managers as activists

“Change the tool and you can change the world.” “You all live aboard a spaceship called earth.” — Buckminster Fuller Waste is a difficult concept as it is complex and subjective. In product management, especially with the emphasis on lean management and agile development, waste mainly refers to … [Read more...]

Product management: from meaning to product design and adoption

“If we can discover the meaning in the trilling of a frog, perhaps we may understand why it is for us not merely noise but a song of poetry and emotion.” — Adrian Forsyth Lets face it, we are meaning-making machines! We structure, navigate, perceive and interact with our environment and … [Read more...]

How well do we understand technology? Introducing Feenberg’s Ten Paradoxes of Technology

The palm of one fell on the trunk. 'This creature is like a water-spout', he said. Another touched the elephant’s ear, and to him the beat was like a fan. Yet another rubbed against its leg, claiming it like a pillar… Just like the story of the elephant and the blind monks, our ability to understand … [Read more...]