Hippocratic Oath

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Method Overview

Hippocratic Oath is a qualitative method that aims to help product managers shape the ethical impact of their product. This method encourages designers to reflect on their vow to protect the interest of users while developing a product.

Framework of ethics used:

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Getting Started

You will need:

Materials: Post-it notes, pens, product description

Participants: 2 – 5 participants


  1. First, come up with 3-5 core values (i.e. autonomy, safety, transparency, etc.).
  2. Next, come up with 3-5 entities (i.e. users, society, environment, etc.). 
  3. Finally, create combinations between the various core values and entities that you have, and pair each combination with 2-3 action statements.

Further Reading

Hippocratic Oath


Design Ethically. (n.d.). Hippocratic oath. Design Ethically. Retrieved March 25, 2022, from https://www.designethically.com/hippocratic-oath 

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