Should designers PM?
Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers.
“Designers probably remember the headlines and edutech companies in the 2010s practically pleading us to learn to code. Fortunately, that’s over, but it really does help us designers to at least get a feel for coding so we can work more smoothly and empathetically with our engineering teammates.
The same goes with our product management (PM) teammates. We should “get” them and the work they do just like we “get” coding and the work engineers do, as the three of our domains together comprise the engine of product development. We wouldn’t be doing our due diligence as good designers if we just wait for PMs to tell us what to do, do our work in a bubble, and then tell engineering what to do. If it’s important to be fairly educated about how our design may be engineered, the same should go for how it may be productized.”
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The cost of convenience →
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Value beyond instrumentalization →
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