Informed decision

The pregnancy journey of our second child was not as smooth as our first child. Serious bleeding occurred in the early of the pregnancy. Our first OB's verdict was that this pregnancy would not develop–it is called a blighted ovum. The OB said there could be a 10% chance.

Our hearts were broken but our spirits were not.

The OB asked us to come again next week to see the progress even though the OB had suggested Dilation and Curettage (D&C) in the next 2-3 days. A small hope made my wife and I look for another OB. Unfortunately, another OB also said the same thing, however, he tried to keep positive because he saw we were so hopeful.

Long story short the fetus grew and everything was fine. We also continued to consult and control with the second OB. He was so detailed–looking at more data from several blood tests. My wife and I felt the second OB was trying to decide something less rushed and involved facts to back up what he was about to tell us. My mom said that when she was pregnant with me, there was no detailed examination like what my wife got. I believe that in the past it must not be as sophisticated as it is now from various aspects–the tools, the knowledge. OBs or physicians are getting better at being more precautious by looking at more facts so they could give their best answers, well-informed ones.

As a product designer, you also give birth.

Not a baby obviously, but features or solutions. How precautious are you for the preparation? Prudence manifests in your desire to be more holistic, to know the ins and outs of what you are designing. Do not rush to provide answers and try to find more information to fill the gaps. Although, by nature of the design process, there will be remnants of uncertainty or doubt. Thus we try to reach an inference for the best explanation (abductive thinking).

In your process…

How far have you gone revealing the constraints? How far have you gone reaching out to your stakeholders? How far have you gone going into the field and meeting your users? How far have you gone identifying your weak and lack-of-evidence decisions? How far have you gone uncovering what you and others don't know?

The more informed, the easier it is for you to make decisions. To help you define the visual hierarchy, determine what content should be prioritized to guide your users, structure the information. Everything.

The results of all your design processes are not only reflected in Figma files. It is in your informed decisions that make your ideas convincing, sensible, worth-making real.

Welcome to the world my baby girl, Emily Jeanne.