How can we help people access experiences, and how do we end up blocking people from critical services and information, such as medical records, legal systems or education? As the Head of Practices at Pluralsight, Mariah often asks herself this question. Mariah joins us to talk about awareness and aptitude, identifying blind spots and asking for help when it feels like you might be missing something.
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Why do so many of us struggle to work together across our teams? Vivian Sarratt, Head of UX Operations at Google, joins us to spill some of the secrets of successful collaboration at Google. Tune in to explore the complicated relationships in cross-functional teams and strategies to make working together work.
Stephen Gates started his design education when he was two years old, setting type with his dad on a 700-pound cast iron letterpress in the basement. At the age of 12, he was introduced to the agency world, then moved in-house a time or two before arriving at his present gig as the Head Design Evangelist at InVision. Tune in to hear Stephen’s thoughts on unspoken truths, design commoditization and the trouble with comparing our insides to others’ outsides.
Can code be cool, and appeal to a wider audience—even elementary students in underrepresented communities? Absolutely, according to Armando Somoza and Chenits Pettigrew. As co-founders of CodeScty, they’re out to change computer science training as we know it, teaching complex concepts and curriculum through original hip hop music and videos. Armando and Chenits join us to talk about CodeScty and their quest to develop not just coders, but true innovators who can impact our world and our societies in constructive and positive ways.
A few weeks back, we posed the following question to 100+ design leaders, “What are the biggest challenges facing design leadership?” A flood of responses came flying back, citing everything from recruiting to utilization, growth, imposter syndrome, remote work and more. But one respondent had a different take: none of these challenges should really be challenges if we start looking at things a different way. Could it be that simple? Tune in to hear Chris Wilkinson, Director of Product Design at Devbridge Group, talk about a shift in mindset, and ways we can help prepare the next generation of design leaders.
Forecasting may seem complex, confusing and largely unattainable. But with the right guidance, it’s within reach. Rob Harr, Vice President of Sparkbox, and Jody Grunden, Managing Member of Summit CPA, join us to share their perspectives on forecasting, understanding capacity and determining a systematic approach to operations and your finances.
Time. What would you do if you had more of it? After working as the VP of Design at Etsy and Head of Design at Artsy, Randy J. Hunt recently completed, as he calls it, “a big, deep, multi-month breath.” Taking time for personal projects, reading, reflection and life’s little things, Randy is now in Singapore, working on a super app called Grab. Tune in to hear about Randy’s journey to product design, and the best place to start when you want to make the best use of everyone’s time.
In the ‘90s, Bill Barbot was part of the alternative rock band Jawbox. When Jawbox broke up in 1997, he went on to play in other bands and eventually co-founded the digital agency Threespot. Fast forward 25 years and the previous members of Jawbox approach Bill about getting back together. Bill joins us to talk about his decision and the importance of putting your passion into everything you do.
A self-proclaimed “reluctant detailed guy,” Dean Schuster is Founder and Partner at Truematter, a UX consultancy that helps create digital products including apps, websites and wearable software. As Dean says, you can’t let a big-picture person loose in a project management scenario and expect good things to happen. Unless you have some processes in place. Dean joins us to talk about project management at Truematter, the qualities they look for in a DPM and how managing client relationships is really about setting up processes to rein yourself in.
You’ve got your process…and it’s working. But then you get this new project, or new team members or new stakeholders, and suddenly your project management approach starts to break down. What is happening? Anita Sagar, Agile Consultant at Enterprise Knowledge, has a simple explanation: not all situations or challenges are created equal. So no single process will fit all contexts. Anita joins us to talk about the Cynefin framework, how to use it to determine the right project management approach and why waterfall might not be as bad as it’s made out to be.