Brave UX with Brendan Jarvis 🇺🇦

Brave UX with Brendan Jarvis 🇺🇦

Welcome to the Brave UX with Brendan Jarvis podcast, your go-to destination for exploring the intersection of UX research, design, and product. Do you share a passion for developing and launching products that deliver superior and ethical experiences? If so, join your host, Brendan Jarvis, as he talks to industry and thought leaders in UX, product management, and product design. Get inspired and informed, and challenge yourself to become a better leader and think outside the canvas, both in what you do and occasionally in who you are.


May 14, 2024 65 mins

Monal Chokshi shares the lessons learned from growing three UX research orgs, what makes research impact a reality, and reflects on the next step in her career.

Highlights include:

  • What do you wish you knew about management before becoming a manager?
  • What do researchers leaders need to do to increase their impact and influence?
  • Did you become a manager to have more influence on product decisions?
  • What do you look for in a compa...
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Jakob Nielsen addresses some of the criticism he’s faced, calls on UXers to urgently adopt AI, and shares why he believes the commoditisation of UX is a good thing.

Highlights include:

  • Are you surprised by how much you’ve offended some people?
  • Why do UXers need a greater sense of urgency about adopting AI?
  • Were the hiring practices at your previous company elitist?
  • What is the state of UX today and where is the growth potential...
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Justin Dauer shares how he conquered his ego to become a better designer, why he’s left executive design leadership, and how unfulfilled designers make bad products.

Highlights include:

  • Has digital visual design become a little bit boring?
  • Why is humility the most important trait for a designer?
  • What made you realise you were done with in-house design leadership?
  • Why is it unacceptable for design leaders to ‘coast’ in their car...
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Rob Hamblen shares his insights on effective sprint facilitation, why he asks clients if they’re designing for today or tomorrow, and why design sprints have a PR problem.

Highlights include:

  • What do you do when senior leaders aren’t willing to be wrong?
  • What types of business challenges are most suited to a design sprint?
  • What have you learned from facilitating sprints with tricky team dynamics?
  • Does dot voting to enable effec...
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Adam Perlis shares why it’s important to always treat interns well, how he’s trying to solve bad recruitment practices, and some practical advice for navigating the job market.

Highlights include:

  • How did an intern play a pivotal role in your career?
  • What do the most successful design portfolios demonstrate?
  • Why are you deeply surprised that you’ve become a design recruiter?
  • How do you assess a candidate before deciding to pres...
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Ash Ivory shares what they’ve learned from burning out as a product leader, why gender and orientation can’t be left at home, and why inclusive design matters.

Highlights include:

  • Why is it important not to seperate personal from professional values?
  • What work experiences made you feel you had to keep your identity at home?
  • Why is it important to get comfortable with saying ‘no’ in a product role?
  • How can not celebrating wins n...
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Rakesh Patwari shares what’s made him a better manager, why a career in acting wasn’t for him, and how designers can give better portfolio presentations.

Highlights include:

  • Is Information Architecture still relevant in today’s practice of UX?
  • What has and hasn’t worked well for you when facilitating 1-on-1’s?
  • How do you engage with your team on the topic of work-related stress?
  • How do the dynamics of product and engineering ch...
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Janna Kimel shares her remarkable story of meeting Stephen Hawking, how she's growing grassroots accessibility, and how to better navigate today’s job market.

Highlights include:

  • How did you come to meet Stephen Hawking?
  • What approaches to increasing inclusive design have worked for you?
  • Do people without accessibility needs care about accessibility?
  • Why should people bring some of their personal life into job interviews?
  • How c...
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Alen Faljic shares the gap he observed between design and business while at IDEO, what he’s doing to address it, and how quantitative data can lead to greater empathy.

Highlights include:

  • What does a business confident designer look like?
  • Where does the disconnect between design and business come from?
  • What do designers who have the most business impact do differently?
  • What is the difference between being strategic and understa...
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This is a special archived episode of Brave UX.

Christina Wodtke reminds us to stop carrying the weight of the world, to start giving others the benefit of the doubt, and to make the most of the gift that is feedback.

Highlights include:

  • What did you learn about collaboration from swing dancing?
  • Why do we need to give other people the benefit of the doubt?
  • What was it like being an executive in big tech?
  • Where can people start ...
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This is a special archived episode of Brave UX.

Jesse James Garrett reminds us that once we were pirates, encourages us to understand how soft-power works, and to know and be true to our red-lines.

Highlights include:

  • How are UX designers like classical composers?
  • What is the role of personal preference in design?
  • Should design leaders leave strategy to product leaders?
  • Is design leadership about actively resisting the status q...
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Clara Kliman-Silver shares how she brings together humour, people and cognitive psychology for research impact, and how teams can make the most of their design ecosystems.

Highlights include:

  • How do you use cognitive psychology to support your findings?
  • What is a design ecosystem and why is it a helpful framing for our work?
  • How have you used humour when engaging with stakeholders?
  • What is the right balance between AI and human...
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Hang Xu shares why he’s trying to make recruitment more ethical, how candidates can secure the best possible compensation, and what to watch out for when working with recruiters.

Highlights include:

  • Why is it important to always go for the maximum salary available?
  • What can a candidate do to positively influence a levelling decision?
  • Why do candidates with the same skills get paid vastly different amounts?
  • Do you still believe ...
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A’verria Martin shares her remarkable story of reinvention, the challenges of establishing a global ReOps practice, and how she’s making the ‘seat at the table’ her own.

Highlights include:

  • How did you become a licensed marriage and family therapist?
  • How did you navigate the transition from academia to industry?
  • How have you worked with UXR leaders as you’ve built ReOps?
  • How have you been developing your executive presence?
  • How...
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Alla Weinberg constructively unpacks unsafe workplace cultures, shares her thoughts on how we can change them, and why we should do just that.

Highlights include:

  • Why is the opposite of fear safety and not courage?  
  • What do you focus on first when changing a culture?
  • How can people read between the lines to better understand a culture?
  • What have corporations forgotten about the humans that work for them?
  • Can you create safety ...
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Jane Portman shares the twists and turns of becoming a founder, how it has changed her view on design’s value, and the role of writing in career success.

Highlights include:

  • Why is it best not to know in advance how difficult something is?
  • What made you realise that UX is not a big part of startup success?
  • Why is a product’s marketing website more important than the product?
  • Why do designers need to understand their contributio...
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Wendy Johansson shares some of her leadership learnings, speaks frankly about the challenge of changing the status quo, and what she’s observed in the best designers.

Highlights include:

  • How do you balance your personal views with what’s best for your business?
  • What can people ask themselves if they’re not able to effect change at work?
  • Why is it important to focus changing the minds of the people in the middle?
  • What can we do ...
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Ronnie Battista shares why it’s important to be true to yourself, how designers can maintain their relevance, and what separates pretenders from innovators.

Highlights include:

  • How did you come to play in a British punk band?
  • Should more designers be taking on product management roles?
  • Is UX strategy as relevant today as it was five years ago?
  • What distinguishes those who innovate from those who don’t?
  • What is Shoshin and why s...
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Jon Fukuda illuminates the dark corners of enterprise DesignOps, reinforces the importance of connecting design to value, and shares what’s kept him consulting for nearly 20 years.

Highlights include:

  • What is the big lie of enterprises’ adoption of DesignOps?
  • Why has IT largely left Design to implement its own systems?
  • How do you frame the value of DesignOps to your customers?
  • What does it mean to be culturally ready to embrace...
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Satyam Kantamneni shares how he articulates the value of design, why design is a profession and not a skill, and why there’s no such thing as a UX/UI designer.

Highlights include:

  • Why does the profession of design find itself in crisis?
  • What surprises you about design leaders’ understanding of business value?
  • What is the difference between design as a skill and design as a profession?
  • Why do you want to be in the pain killer an...
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