Brave UX with Brendan Jarvis

Brave UX with Brendan Jarvis

Brendan Jarvis helps you to keep on top of the latest thinking on the important issues affecting the fields of UX research, product management and design, by unpacking the stories, learnings and expert advice of a diverse range of world-class leaders.

Episodes

May 30, 2023 85 mins

Laith Ulaby shares his colourful journey from academia to applied, how frameworks articulate and influence thinking, and the role of power in practice.

Highlights include:

  • What is reflexivity and how is it useful for researchers?
  • Should there be an independent body to oversee UX research?
  • Has the democratisation of UX research been a positive thing?
  • What are the dangers of using frameworks in shaping thinking?
  • How has seeing yo...
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Tom Greever speaks to the heart of articulating design decisions, becoming someone worth following, and making yourself an influential force for good design.

Highlights include:

  • Is it true that you occasionally wear costumes to meetings?
  • What is it important for leaders to remember?
  • Should you ever tell someone that you disagree with them?
  • How can we get difficult stakeholders onboard?
  • Why is important to be intentional in your...
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Noam Segal shares his early experiences working for the Israeli military, whether democratisation has been positive for UX, and the importance of telling a good story.

Highlights include:

What makes for an impactful research story? Why is NPS the worst thing to happen to UX research? Has the democratisation of UX research been a good thing? Has UX become less innovative since becoming part of enterprise? Why is it important for peo...

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Andy Budd speaks frankly about designers’ limiting beliefs, the siren song of perfection, and how to start playing business better.

Highlights include:

  • How does one wrangle sharks at the Great Barrier Reef?
  • What is the best way to ensure design is valued?
  • How many designers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
  • Why should designers start playing poker and stop playing chess?
  • What is the most limiting belief that design leaders ...
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Pete Sena shares his story of building a design agency from scratch, how he’s become a better person and leader along the way, and why each of us need to know our unique value. 

Highlights include:

  • What led a 'scrawny, introverted, nerdy kid’ to take up martial arts?
  • What question does every designer need a compelling answer to?
  • How has your self-image and what you value changed over-time?
  • Do design leaders need to sacrifice pe...
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Kat Vellos shares with us why we need meaningful friendship, what we can do to design better ones, and how to safely navigate uncharted conversational waters.

Highlights include:

  • How did a conversation with a stranger change your life?
  • How do you ‘crack open the door’ to a more meaningful friendship?
  • What role does company culture play in enabling meaningful connection?
  • Should we have clear boundaries between our work life and ...
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Jonas Rinde delves into designing tech that doesn’t feel technical, the challenge of product-market fit, and his relationship with risk and adventure.

Highlights include:

  • How do you mitigate the risks of growing a startup?
  • What can go wrong when you build a prototype too fast?
  • How do you know what to pay attention to?
  • Why do you want to make the technology disappear?
  • Who gets to decide what makes it onto the product roadmap?
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February 21, 2023 71 mins

Mike Monteiro sets fire to design orthodoxy, tech overlords, and his own Portuguese American history in this delightfully dark conversation.

Highlights include:

  • Why is it important to re-examine your beliefs?
  • Why do you have nothing further to tell people?
  • What shocked you about your Portuguese heritage?
  • How is unionisation a positive thing for tech workers?
  • Why do you want some people who listen to you to get angry?

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Julia DeBari shares her experience as a design recruiter,  how to navigate compensation and benefits, and what to ask to work out if a role is right for you.

Highlights include:

  • Why are recruiters told not to disclose salary ranges?
  • When and how should you bring up compensation?
  • Why should you invite doubt into a hiring conversation?
  • What do designers need to know about recruitment?
  • Why ask interviewers what makes them proud of...
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Hussain Almossawi explores the mindset and practices he's successfully employed while designing products at some of the worlds most innovative companies.

Highlights include:

  • What is the first step in unlocking the potential of product innovation?
  • Why is innovation an often overly complicated and opaque subject?
  • How have you become comfortable with the risk and reality of failure?
  • What is the biggest blocker of product innovatio...
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January 10, 2023 87 mins

Jim Kalbach shares insights from jazz into collaboration, how experience maps help us navigate design, and why Jobs To Be Done deserves our attention.

Highlights include:

  • Why do we confuse ideas with innovation?
  • What does it mean to have ‘big ears’ and how is that useful?
  • How do you manage challenges to your recommendations?
  • What gets in the way of effective collaboration?
  • How can Jobs To Be Done help to find the right problems...
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Amy Santee encourages us to take control of our careers, to take action when we see something that’s not right, and to realise we have more power than we think we do.

Highlights include:

⭐ Are jobs in UX and other ares of HCD bullshit jobs? ⭐ Why did you write and publish your own code of ethics? ⭐ How do you help people to establish useful career goals? ⭐ What should people consideri...

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Marisa Sires shares the story of her rapid ascent from client services to VP Product at Gigya and her many learnings since, including…

⭐️ How does Marisa enable her team to make great products? ⭐️ What is the greatest risk to the success of a product? ⭐️ How can women in tech better navigate the landscape to succeed?

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Who is Marisa Sires?

Marisa is the SVP of Product at Alfred, ...

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Eva PenzeyMoog shines a light on how digital products are being used to enable domestic violence, and what we can do to protect our most vulnerable users.

Highlights include:

⭐ What is domestic violence and how does it show up? ⭐ How is technology being weaponised by domestic abusers? ⭐ Why can’t our users be solely responsible for their own safety? ⭐ How can designers use archetypes ...

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This is a special archived episode of Brave UX.   Jane Davis brings epic levels of insight to this conversation about the evolution of UX research, and how it can enable product teams to build better products.    Highlights include:    ⭐️ What can grizzly bears teach you about effective leadership? ⭐️ How do UX researchers get product managers to listen to them? ⭐️ What is the identity crisis facing UX Research? ⭐️ How do we ensur...
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Don Norman shares what's important to him right now, why stupid questions matter, what it means to design for a better world, and why he’s okay with changing his mind.

Highlights include:

  • Why are our users not who we think they are?
  • What needs to change and what can stay the same?
  • Why did it take you so long to change your focus?
  • Should change be incremental or wholesale?
  • How does design dogma distract us?

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Who is D...

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Kate Rutter shares her thoughts on finding work in a challenging economy, how to design for great creative exchanges, and why she pushes back against authority.

Highlights include:

⭐ How have you pushed back against overly rigid hierarchies? ⭐ Why did you take a part-time retail job at a retail store? ⭐ How does the quality of the question influence the quality of the idea? ⭐ Why isn’t UX overly kind to late career-stage practition...

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Mauro Porcini shares how designers can rise to the top, the dangers of associating your self-worth with work, and why he’s changing the status quo from the inside.

Highlights include:

⭐ Why do you run towards the fire? ⭐ How has the focus changed since becoming a father? ⭐ What gives you the right to talk about love with business people? ⭐ Why have you disassociated your personal worth from your work? ⭐ What does it take to scale h...

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Reginé Gilbert shares what it takes to create accessible experiences, how her students are helping NASA to hear a solar eclipse, and why inclusive design is everyones job.

Highlights include:

⭐ How are inclusive design and accessibility different, yet related? ⭐ Why is disability not seen in the same light as other DE&I initiatives? ⭐ What should people do to make the digital world more accessible? ⭐ If big tech can’t do basic acce...

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If you’re ready to challenge your assumptions about business, design and your career, then this is the episode for you. Ryan Rumsey gives us his perspective on some of the biggest issues facing design and designers, including:

⭐️ What is the crucial question do all designers need an answer for? ⭐️ Why do designers find it difficult to articulate their value? ⭐️ What do successful desi...

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