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- Quantitative vs Qualitative Research - Starting a new UX research team and practice - How to sell UX research to your company - Pitfalls to avoid when starting a UX research practice at your company
- DesignOps 2.0 at Paypal - Shifting the focus from scaling designers to scaling design itself - Comparing DesignOps and DevOps - Changing the responsibilities of UX designers so a small team can focus on the work that matters - Scaling design without hiring more designers - Tools and processes to for successful DesignOps
- The critical things you can learn about business to make you a better UX designer or researcher - How important is UX in the success of building new products - The business of consulting versus the business of products or software - How to stand out as a UX person in the world of generic resumes and cover letters
- Dana’s stories about usability testing on ballot design prototypes - Overcoming stakeholder objections for doing user research - Challenges of local and federal elections in the United States - Ballot design and voter experience - Doing research for civic design and overcoming very complex roadblocks - How to get deep domain expertise in a regulated industry as a designer - Why our common approach to software design isn’t enough for civic design problems
- The differences and similarities between UX and product management - How planning a heist is just like building digital products - Who owns the responsibility of “knowing your customers” - Using both quantitative and qualitative research to improve your designs and products
- DesignOps and ResearchOps at a large enterprise like Best Buy - Fred’s story of how he got introduced to and a job working in DesignOps - A day in the life of a job in DesignOps - The part an insights repository plays in DesignOps and ResearchOps at a large company - Dealing with the unsexy parts of UX, Research and Designops
Episode 36 highlights with Natalie Hanson - Differences between in house and external UX teams and the unique challenges of each - Tips for collaborating with others on your user research work - How to encourage non-designers and non-researchers to collaborate on user research and insights - Tips for working with stakeholders who believe they already know what needs to be designed - Effectively communicating user research insights to inspire action from executives, developers and more
Episode 35 highlights with Rob Walling: - How Rob started and/or acquired multiple SaaS apps over the years and some product and design lessons he’s learned from that experience - Rob’s background as a software engineer and what made him decide to become an entrepreneur - The story of founding Drip and how Rob and how the team made some pretty big changes in the product - Finding the confidence to help you figure out how, and when, to make big product decisions - Minimum Path to Awesome and how to successfully launch new features in your product
Episode 34 highlights with Jason Voiovich: - Jason’s background in marketing and consumerism as well as what led him to become an author on the topics - The pitfalls of focusing too much on analytics and quantitative data to understand your customers - Why empathy is a key to the future of our work and society - Jason’s research about empathy - The connection between empathy and burnout… and what you can do about it - Doing less to get better results in UX, research and marketing - What does it mean to be scientific versus “scientism”?
Episode 33 highlights with Kate Towsey: - Kate’s background and how she got into user research and ResearchOps - What it was like to “research the researchers” - The global ResearchOps community and how it all began - Research repositories and libraries - Leading research operations at Atlassian - How and why the ResearchOps community grew to what it is now - Kate’s definition for #WhatisResearchOps?
Episode 32 highlights with Gregg Bernstein: - How Gregg and his team are doing user research at Vox Media - Doing user research for broad audiences and industries - Using smaller research projects to lead to larger more strategic research - How to most effectively share your user research findings with stakeholders and your team - Thoughts on UX research repositories and libraries - Tools and tips for setting up your ResearchOps and process for taking in, conducting and sharing user research at your company - Making user research more strategic to influence company focus and direction - Avoiding the pitfalls of overthinking in the user research process
Episode 31 highlights with Hana Nagel: - How the President of the United States did “user research” and what you can learn from that in your work as a UX designer, researcher and product maker - Doing user research...about user research, so that you can see much more success with your organization adopting a more user centered mindset - Focusing on the outcomes of research to create a greater impact with user research at your company - Learning the behavior of your teams and company in order to sell user research internally - How to empower other teams to do user research themselves in order to scale user research at your company - How to turn user research and findings into action and recommendations - Giving your team and company confidence in doing the right things
Episode 30 highlights with Dave Malouf: - What is ResearchOps and DesignOps? - Challenges of operationalizing research and design in growing organizations and how to overcome them - Dave’s tips and insights in how to grow design and research in your company more efficiently - Who owns “ResearchOps” and what does that person(s) do? - How to determine when you should be thinking about DesignOps and ResearchOps
Episode 29 highlights with Jorge Arango: - The similarities between physical architecture and UX design - Tips we can apply from the process of architecture to digital design - How to think about physical spaces to inform the digital information spaces you create - Feedback loops in digital information spaces - How the rate of change in physical buildings vs. digital spaces has changed our expectations as a culture - The ways language greatly impact our expectations and design of digital spaces - Design ethics in digital places where civic discourse happens and how we as designers can be more mindful in creating them
Episode 28 highlights with Jim Kalbach: - What is the difference between user experience, customer experience and marketing - Jim’s background in UX design and how that helped him transition to his role now in customer experience and product education - Remembering that the “grass is never greener” and no organization is perfect in order to have a longer term impact where you work - What is the true secret to becoming a kick ass design leader - The long term effects of even the smallest UX and user research decisions - Experience mapping principles and tips from Jim’s book - Building empathy and understanding for your stakeholders and business to be a more successful designer
Listen to Episode 27 for highlights with Brianna Sylver including: - The difference between user research and market research -Using both market research and user research to build a better design strategy - Why market research may not be what you think it is - How and when you should think about doing user research more like a market researcher - Project mindset vs. product mindset - Tactical vs. strategic UX design
- How Jeffrey and the team at An Event Apart design the experience of the conference - The dangers in the seduction of building “cool” stuff as opposed to the things people need - What’s the difference between junior designers and senior designers? - Design ethics, mindfulness and inclusiveness in UX design and product management - How the web and design has changed since 1995
- Product management at Intercom - Choosing the right problems to solve for your customers - What user research looks like at Intercom - How Michelle and the product team at Intercom chooses which projects to work on - Where does UX design start and Product Management end?
Episode 24 Highlights: - What is creativity? - The concept of “flow” and its role in identifying and harnessing your creativity - Denise’s story of her very own zone of genius and how you can find yours - Dangers of burnout, how you got there, how to dig yourself out and also how to avoid it - Different types of motivation and what they have to do with your work - How making custom earrings helps Denise be a better writer and speaker - Using HALT to take care of yourself and foster your inner creativity
Episode 23 Highlights with Lindsey Redinger: - What is ResearchOps and how do you operationalize user research? - Making research accessible to everyone in the organization - How InVision documents and stores user research insights - Lindsey’s trick for helping all of InVision build empathy with their customers - Getting new employees at InVision up to speed with who their customers are as part of their new hire onboarding - How to get started in your ResearchOps practice or operationalizing user research and your company - Keeping individual projects aligned to broader company goals - How Lindsey and InVision uses the Jobs To Be Done framework to keep user research focused
Episode 22 highlights: - Peter’s new book “Planning for Everything” and what led him to decide to write a book about planning - What we can learn from the U.S. Marines about planning better design and research projects - Peter’s framework of S.T.A.R.F.I.N.D.E.R and how to use it for better planning of your ux, design and research projects - How Agile development process can help...and hinder your design and software project planning - Are you OVER-planning? How to determine if you are and if so work at getting better at improvising - Tips for convincing your stakeholders to do (or do more) user research - Systems thinking and how it applies to UX design and product management - Ways to be more self-aware in the design, features and decisions we make in our work as UX designers, researchers and product managers more here:
Episode 21 Highlights: - Lou’s background, the beginning of the internet and how UX/IA all started - The stories behind Lou meeting Tim Berners Lee and Larry Page - How Lou started Rosenfeld Media, the UX book publishing company - The story of the blind men and the elephant and how it applies to building a great user experience - DesignOps, ResearchOps and how Lou began major conferences around those topics - Lou’s advice for those of us working in large organizations doing UX design
- The technology stack that we built Aurelius with and how it’s evolved over time - Understanding common development terms to better communicate design ideas - An inside look at how Joseph and Zack make decisions about the product and the company - Behind the scenes views and opinions on making technology upgrades and feature prioritizations - How we build Aurelius like Wyatt Earp
Episode 20 highlights - What does a high functioning design team look like and how are they organized? - The three types of successful enterprise UX organization models - How companies like Target, Spotify, Netfilx, Google and more are doing designops and great UX design at scale - Creating and sharing user research findings across your organization
First episode of our new series, Inside Aurelius where Zack Naylor and Joseph Szczesniak, co-founders at Aurelius discuss important topics and the inner workings of Aurelius. This episode's topics include: - Why we made aurelius v2 and how we got there - How we used user research and customer feedback to completely re-design and re-develop our product and company focus UX design, science and art - How Joseph, our CTO took an interest in UX as a developer and how UX can enrich a developers work and satisfaction - How and why developers should participate and have a stake in user research
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Sep 19th, 2016
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Oct 22nd, 2020
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