Why is manufacturing important? Is it a matter of vigorous economy and jobs, meaning in life, strength of community, professional achievement, or what?
Why is product quality important?
How are the chapter concepts you write about related?
Why might you argue that our decisions and opinions regarding product quality are as much a function of emotional response than of rational analysis. In God we trust and everything else we measure. Is there any reason that the creation of high quality products can’t be based entirely on the measurable?
Aren’t performance, cost and price quantifiable? How reliable are the numbers?
What role does manufacturing play in the creation of excellent products?
Manufacturing might be defined as the squandering of irreplaceable natural resources to produce throw away stuff that will overwhelm our landfills and bodies of water. Is there another more sanguine view?
Mass production, economies of scale, make a very high standard of living possible for a large number of people. How can this be balanced with the obvious problem that anything designed to appeal to large numbers of people will be a compromise solution for almost all of them?
What is craftsmanship and why does it matter? Is it important for designers to have experience making stuff? Is it important for business leaders to have experience making stuff?
You studied art for a year at UCLA. Why? What is the role of art in the creation of high quality products?
What is aesthetics and what role does it play in product quality?
What are the principal components of human fit?
How is an engineer to appreciate and create based on the human response to products relative to the quantifiable which is clearly in the culture and professional strength of engineers.
Are there reasons to be optimistic about the destruction to the global environment? Is capitalism consistent with sustainability?
If cultural values mediate perceptions of product quality, how can designers understand the wide variety of cultural values that exist globally well enough to be effective outside of their native language and culture? What kind of partnerships are culturally important to create high quality products for various nations, subcultures, and tribes?
Does the U.S. have an advantage when it comes to creativity, innovation, or implementation of superb quality products?