Make To Think And Think To Make

I’m a passionate design thinker and I practice design thinking at any and all opportunities. Design thinking is part art and part science. John Maeda is one of my favorite thought leaders on design. He published a post talking about art as a form of asking “what do I want to know” rather than “what do I want to say.”

As a product manager, making a product goes from what do I want to know — the requirements — to what do I want to say — manifestation of the requirements into a working product. I call it “Make to think and think to make”. I make prototypes — make to think — similar to a form of an art, to help me think and ask the right questions to fulfill my needs of “what I want to know”. The human beings better respond to tangible artifacts as opposed to abstract questions. These conversations stimulate my thinking to execute on those requirements — “think to make” — similar to “what do I want to say.” The design thinking cycle continues.

(Cross-posted @ cloud computing)

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Technology, Design, and Innovation strategist at the Office of the CEO, SAP,  focusing on technology and architecture strategy and strategic operational, product, and management innovation.  Adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University with the department of computer engineering teaching graduate classes.  Frequent speaker at conferences, special events, Chirag blogs at Cloud Computing.