Tentative

Tentative

Tentative is a podcast about digital product design. Hosted by thoughtbot's Chief Design Officer Kyle Fiedler & Boston Design Director Jaclyn Perrone.

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March 18, 2021 12 min
This week Jaclyn & Kyle catch up on streamlining UI, building landing pages in Hubspot CMS, first impressions of Tailwind, and auto-layout in Figma. Also, we reminisce as we say adieu to Kyle and his tenure on Tentative. 👋🥲
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This week Jaclyn & Kyle discuss neglecting your backlog, the emotions around a design sprint, and changes to the design and development team structure at thoughtbot. Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Tentative!
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February 19, 2021 37 min
Nelsy Hubb, Product Manager at Neocova, joins Jaclyn to discuss engaging with outside partners, maintaining a design system, customer feedback, trusting your subject matter experts, design debt, and many, many allusions to The Lord of the Rings. Neocova (https://neocova.com/) Spotlight AI (https://neocova.com/solutions/spotlight-ai/) Tiger King meets Lisa Frank (https://www.reddit.com/r/TigerKing/comments/fsmeep/tiger_king_meets_li...
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December 23, 2020 25 min
To wrap up our year, this week Kyle & Jaclyn run a retro for 2020. So put on those comfy pants and join us while they reflect on their most used tools, new amenities, and favorite hobbies of the year; as well as air some behind the scenes goodness. This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh (http://HelloFresh.com/tentative80): Enter code TENTATIVE80 to get a total of $80 off, including free shipping Miro (https://miro.com) Be...
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Lloyd Bennett, designer at thoughtbot London, joins the show to discuss Tones & Shades, his new digital magazine, as well as designing a brand identity, prototyping early in the design process, and animating with intent. This episode is brought to you by: ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/tentative): Click through to get three months for free Remote Works Podcast (https://link.chtbl.com/remoteworks_cyoa?sid=podcast.Ten...
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Adekunle Oduye, UX Engineer at Mailchimp, discusses working on a design-system team, setting goals for 2021, storing documentation in Figma, and conducting user research for design systems. This episode is brought to you by: ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/tentative): Click through to get three months for free HelloFresh (http://HelloFresh.com/tentative90): Enter code TENTATIVE90 to get a total of $90 off, including free shi...
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November 6, 2020 43 min
Ryan Rumsey, founder & CEO of Second Wave Dive, discusses building programs that solve systems problems through design thinking, and struggling with critique. This episode is brought to you by ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/tentative). Click through to get three months for free. Second Wave Dive (https://www.secondwavedive.com/) Business Thinking for Designers (https://www.designbetter.co/business-thinking-for-designers...
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Senongo Akpem, author of Cross-Cultural Design, joins the show to discuss design in civic-tech, ways to include cross-cultural design thinking into short engagements, staying dedicated to long-term projects, and memories of Dreamweaver. This episode is brought to you by ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/tentative). Click through to get three months for free. Cross-Cultural Design (https://abookapart.com/products/cross-cultural...
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From User Interviews, Erin May (VP Growth & Marketing) & JH Forster (VP Product) join the show to discuss hiring during Covid, onboarding remotely, using GitHub for documentation, backlog management, managing team morale while remote, and work on diversity & inclusion initiatives. User Interviews (https://www.userinterviews.com/) Awkward Silences (https://www.userinterviews.com/podcast)- User Interviews Podcast Being...
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Hannah Yang, Product Manager of Provider Experience at Oscar Health Insurance, joins us to discuss feature prioritization during COVID, designing towards a KPI goal, customer relationships at small & large companies, qualitative vs quantitative data in health-tech, and the hurdles of working in a regulated industry. This episode is brought to you by ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/tentative). Click through to get three m...
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Elaina Natario and Vendela Larsson join us to discuss the research, procedure, and findings, that went into their Glides project for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. "Gliding to Success" (https://designmuseumfoundation.org/gliding-to-success/)- Design Museum Magazine MBTA Case Study (https://thoughtbot.com/case-studies/mbta) Just Enough Research (https://abookapart.com/products/just-enough-research)- Erika H...
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August 20, 2020 12 min
Hey Tentative listeners, this week we're bringing you an announcement of upcoming changes to the format of Tentative. We'll be exploring more focused topics, bringing in guests from around the design community, and discussing the intersection of design and business; all while bringing our true and silly selves that make Tentative what it is today. So come join us on the ride, and tell a friend! Also, conference call fati...
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August 6, 2020 17 min
This week, Kyle updates case studies in our CMS and Jaclyn returns from PTO. Also, tips & tricks for Alfred, working in non-traditional design tools, and a design-team book club. Alfred (https://www.alfredapp.com/) Prismic (https://prismic.io/) Cross-Cultural Design (https://abookapart.com/products/cross-cultural-design)- Senongo Akpem
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July 23, 2020 32 min
This week, Jaclyn volunteers on a design sprint and prepares for PTO, while Kyle preps for a website redesign workshop. Also, collaboration vs customization in presentations, preparing a 2 day Pre-MVP workshop, approaches to editing, and balancing experimentation with expertise. The Code Cooperative (https://codecooperative.org/) Website Redesign Workshop (https://thoughtbot.com/events/website-redesign-workshop) Upcase (https://tho...
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July 9, 2020 16 min
This week, Kyle works on documentation and updating pages in our CMS, while Jackie hosts an internal trivia game as well as troubleshoots her terminal setup. Also, avoiding burnout, extending Covid protections, and Zoom fatigue. Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Tentative!
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June 25, 2020 28 min
This week, Jaclyn conducted a remote design sprint and Kyle utilizes "no Slack" communication on a project. Also, cutting scope, the importance of the human element in product validation, and the varied usage of "It depends". Remote Design Sprint Template (https://miro.com/templates/remote-design-sprint/) The Agile Bicycle (https://m.dotdev.co/the-agile-bicycle-829a83b18e7) Double Denim Outfits (https://www.usmagazi...
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June 18, 2020 26 min
This week Kyle discusses his iterative approach to everything, and Jaclyn discusses take-aways from her Lightning Design Jam. Also, a design-thinking escape room, life lessons learned from previous jobs, and human corn. Lightning Design Jam (https://info.thoughtbot.com/unstick-your-product-strategy-recording) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Tentative!
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We are pushing back our normally scheduled podcast in support of the protests this week and the Black community as a whole. To give space for their words, their actions, and all of the grieving caused by the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Too many members of the Black community have lost their lives through racial injustice. For those that are mourning and those that are fighting for equality: we see y...

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This week we contemplate how people see their time, posture tips to reduce physical stress while working from home, and conducting a 'consulting skills' workshop. Here Are Some Excellent Zoom Backgrounds (https://www.themarysue.com/best-zoom-backgrounds/) How China is using QR code apps to contain Covid-19 (https://technode.com/2020/02/25/how-china-is-using-qr-code-apps-to-contain-covid-19/) The 20-20-20 Rule: Preventing Di...
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May 7, 2020 31 min
Kyle serves as interim Design Director for London while Jaclyn prepares for a design workshop. Also, shifting locations to improve focus, the importance of ergonomics, content audits, and an impromptu live-feedback session. Unstick Your Product Strategy Workshop (https://info.thoughtbot.com/unstick-your-product-strategy-recording) Google Meet Grid View Extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-meet-grid-view/bjkeg...
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