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Author: Vitalik Demin

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User experience, business, healthy way of life, essentialism, and more.
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In this episode I'm sharing a real life example of how some people are able to escape the tunnel vision and focus on the end goal without any mental limitations. I took a Lean training a few years ago while at one of my employers and I was blown away at what one of our teams did. Tune in and let me know what you think. I hope it's valuable!
Hey guys, this episode is an experiment. It's a quick solo recording that I did just now right on my paddleboard in the middle of a lake here in Minnesota. I am explaining the difference between Product Manager and Product Owner. Let me know how you like it. I'd love to hear your comments!
In this episode legendary UX designers @DougCollinsUX and @PavelASamsonov join me in the very first three-way podcast conversation. We originally planned to talk about how UX designers deal with Product Owners but quickly pivoted into the subject of what career options UX designers have these days, Product Owner being one of them. This discussion was really great and we also kept it short and sweet at 30ish minutes. We would love to hear any questions or comments that you guys may have! Thank you for tuning in!
My guest today is Jeff Grigg who has over 20 years of experience of working as a developer for multinational corporations. He and I recently engaged into a short tweet exchange where he mentioned a few things that caught my attention. I figured we needed to talk it over on the podcast. In this episode we are briefly discussing Code Ownership and then moving into a very new area to me – Extreme Programming. Based on what I heard and the answers I received to my questions, it does sound like something companies should at least pay attention to and even try a test run of this methodology to see how it goes for them. Test Driven Development and Pair Programming (where two people work at one computer thinking thru coding together) do seem to offer very straightforward benefits. I specifically liked what TDD has to offer because it does help build out that critical testing focused culture as well as testing infrastructure to make the testing process more streamlined and efficient. We all know testing is often underrated by a lot of companies so the TDD based culture and process can surely help with that.Speaking of Pair Programming, it seems to me that this approach can be sometimes used for things like UX Design because there’s a lot more thinking in this area than the actual design work. If you put two smart UXers together on certain UX tasks, there’s a high chance that they will deliver higher quality work in a shorter period of time.Anyway, I had a blast talking to Jeff! We would love your two cents if you have any feedback. You can find Jeff on Twitter @JeffGrigg1. All information about me is at vitalik.co.And hey, who ever thought I'd make it to episode 10! :)Thank you for tuning in guys!
In this episode I have a very special guest, Pavel Samsonov, a UX designer from Bloomberg LP. Our conversation is focused on challenges that product design and development organizations face these days. Pavel expresses his view on how Agile may be improved to better accommodate design processes. We discuss very interesting things like “respecting the skills” of long time users, decision making ownership and more. Pavel also shared his point of view on how Microsoft's efforts in product design in the last few years have set them up for success in the future. I personally learned a lot from Pavel’s experience and the way he frames his thoughts. I’ll surely be listening to this episode myself at least a couple of times to make sure these learnings fully sink in.You can find more information about Pavel at www.PavelSamsonov.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @PavelASamsonov. People and articles mentioned in the episode by Pavel can be found in this Twitter thread.Thank you so much for tuning in and I really hope you enjoyed our conversation! We would love to hear your feedback!PS I apologize for a not so smooth fade out ending of the episode. I pushed the “Stop recording” button 1 second too early and this fade out was the best I could do to make it sound less weird. I’m still polishing my podcasting skills but I’ll get better soon, I promise :)
In this episode, Oksana Ivanova and I discuss gaming - why today's games are easier than they were in the past, where the gaming industry is going, what can potentially happen to the Fortnite model as they expand into a social platform arena. This conversation provoked a few interesting thoughts that I hope you guys will find valuable.Oksana can be found on Twitter at @OksanaIvanovaPM.Thank you for tuning in!
This episode is very special with a very special guest. Joe Natoli shares insights from his many years of UX consulting experience. We also discuss a rather important topic of product ownership inside product development organizations. Turns out "Product Owner" is a very important role and we talk about it in detail. This episode should be very insightful for folks like me who for a long time have been searching for the right career track within product design but were afraid to end up going in a wrong direction due to the fear of the world we live in where everything is labeled.Hope you guys enjoy this episode. I had a blast and I learned a ton from this conversation. Would love to hear your feedback!You can find everything about Joe at GiveGoodUX.com. He's also on Twitter @JoeNatoli.Thank you so much for tuning in!
I love Colorado! I snowboarded there many years ago (too many actually) and we also visited it last summer. Since Doug was born and spent almost all of his life in this beautiful state (he lives and works in Denver), I thought it would be a great idea to have him help me learn more about the state. We talked about job market in Denver, best mountains for skiing and snowboarding, cute resort towns, breweries and potentially the biggest liquor store in the world – Tipsy’s.Everything about Doug can be found at DenverUXer.com and on Twitter @DougCollinsUX. You can find everything about me at vitalik.co.Thank you so much for tuning in!
In this episode I let Doug Collins drive. He spoke about his learnings from some of his past failures. We also came up with some tips on how to negotiate with your business partners or managers when they prevent you from properly doing your job as a UX professional. Hope you guys enjoy it!Everything about Doug can be found at DenverUXer.com and on Twitter @DougCollinsUX. You can find everything about me at vitalik.co.Thank you so much for tuning in!
Today Doug Collins and I discussed a rather important topic - return on investment of user experience design. This is very often either not properly understood by executive decision makers or plain neglected. We talk about real life examples with high level numbers, left brain and right brain folks, liberal arts, and more. We would absolutely love your feedback on that one! Hope you enjoy it! Thank you for tuning in!Doug can be found at twitter.com/DougCollinsUX or at DenverUxer.com
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