Episode 65: Life Centered Product Creation w/Sophia Höfling

13 July, 2021 / Host: MAGNUS BILLGREN

Going Beyond User-Centric Design

Fashion in product management has witnessed a decade-long trend of user-centric design, focusing on solving problems that matter to users. While user-centricity is a logical and essential approach, it alone does not provide a comprehensive understanding of creating sustainable product profits. In this article, we delve into the concept of "Life Centered Product Creation" as presented by Sophia Höfling, Head of Product at SAIGA. Höfling shares her insights on the limitations of user-centricity and outlines three key areas to consider when adopting her model: stakeholder management, catering to all user groups, and life cycle management. By expanding our product perspective beyond user problems, we can create products that are impactful and inspiring.

Stakeholder Management

One of the crucial aspects of Life Centered Product Creation is effective stakeholder management. Höfling emphasizes the significance of understanding and aligning with stakeholders' needs, goals, and expectations. By fostering strong relationships with stakeholders, product managers can ensure that their products align with the overall business strategy and provide value to all parties involved. This requires open communication, active listening, and the ability to prioritize stakeholder feedback.

Catering to All User Groups

While user-centric design focuses on a specific user group, Life Centered Product Creation encourages product managers to consider the needs of all user groups. Höfling highlights the importance of inclusivity and ensuring that the product serves diverse user segments. By conducting comprehensive user research, incorporating feedback from different user groups, and implementing inclusive design principles, product managers can create products that cater to a broader audience and have a more significant impact.

Life Cycle Management

Life cycle management is another essential aspect of Life Centered Product Creation. Höfling emphasizes the need to consider the entire life cycle of a product, from ideation to retirement. This entails addressing issues such as product maintenance, updates, and sustainability. By incorporating sustainability principles into product development and focusing on long-term viability, product managers can create products that stand the test of time and contribute to a more sustainable future.


  • Life Centered Product Creation challenges the traditional user-centric approach by considering the needs and goals of all stakeholders involved, beyond just the end users.
  • Effective stakeholder management is crucial for successful product creation, as it involves understanding and addressing the requirements of various user groups, ensuring inclusivity and satisfaction.
  • Implementing strategic life cycle management strategies is essential for product profitability and sustainability, enabling businesses to adapt and optimize their offerings throughout the entire product lifespan.

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