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.

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Episodes

Monday Jan 22, 2024

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 understanding strategy?
How do designers and business people view the value of design differently?
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Who is Alen Faljic?
Alen is the Founder and CEO of d.MBA, a company he started in 2017 to help designers become business confident, which is part of d.MBA’s mission - to show that companies can be run more thoughtfully and also be financially successful.
d.MBA seems to be making progress in that mission, with a 97% completion rate and a 9+ out of 10 student rating. That’s been achieved from over 600 designers, hailing from more than 60 countries, and who work at companies like Apple, Frog, Google, Logitech and Amazon.
Before founding d.MBA, Alen was a Business Designer at IDEO in Munich, Germany, where he practiced human-centred design, while working on digital experiences, services, physical products, and new ventures for Fortune 500 companies.
Alen is a generous contributor to the field, sharing his insights freely through d.MBA’s podcast and other online resources. He has also been a guest on the Disco, Design MBA, and Bonanza podcasts, as well contributing his thoughts to UX Collective on Medium.
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Find Alen here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alenfa/Twitter: https://twitter.com/alenfaljicWebsite: https://d.mba/
Prototyping with numbers:https://d.mba/webinars/prototyping-with-numbers
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Hosted by Brendan Jarvis:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanjarvis/
Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

Monday Jan 08, 2024

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 to develop more confidence?
What is important to remember when giving feedback?
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Who is Christina Wodtke?
Christina is one of the most impactful, established, and original thought leaders in Silicon Valley. There won’t be many of you listening who haven’t at least heard of her groundbreaking and bestselling book on OKRs, Radical Focus - now in its second edition!
A self-described “curious human” with a serious big-tech resume, her work in design and product has included redesigns and IPOs at companies such as LinkedIn, MySpace, Zynga, and Yahoo!
But those big names only scratch the surface of Christina’s professional story. She has co-founded a tech startup, co-founded the Information Architecture Institute, founded and was the original publisher of Boxes and Arrows, and is the founder Women Talk Design.
Christina is currently preparing the next generation of product and game designers, as a full-time lecturer at Stanford University. Previously, Christina was an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, where she taught creative entrepreneurship.
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Find Christina here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinawodtke/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cwodtkeWebsite: https://cwodtke.com/Blog: https://eleganthack.com/
Christina’s books:
Radical Focus (Second Edition) - Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results: https://amzn.to/3Sc82o4
Information Architecture - Blueprints for the Web: https://amzn.to/3UknzUL
Pencil Me In - The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can’t Draw:https://amzn.to/2WOBNP7 
The Team That Managed Itself - A Story of Leadership:https://amzn.to/3QRyXo6
Women Talk Design:
Website: https://womentalkdesign.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/womentalkdesignLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-talk-design/
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanjarvis/Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

Monday Dec 25, 2023

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 quo?
What have you learned as a result of the “no’s” in your career?
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Who is Jesse James Garrett?
Jesse is the Principal Leadership Coach of Intentional Associates, the executive design leadership coaching practice that he founded in 2020. And it’s through his coaching work that he is helping design leaders to develop the skills to lead with greater purpose, intention and creativity.
Many of you may know Jesse for his influential model from the year 2000, “The Elements of User Experience”, and his book of the same name. It’s this foundational thinking, at frontier of UX, that has helped to inform, inspire and enlighten multiple generations of UX designers.
Jesse was also a Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Adaptive Path, one of the original and most renowned User Experience consultancies. At Adaptive Path, Jesse worked tirelessly for 13 years to put UX design on the enterprise map.
Throughout the years, his writing, teaching and public speaking has been unfailingly generous, taking him all over the world, including to events such as UX Lisbon, UX Salon, and USI. 
Jesse’s contributions continue through the “Finding Our Way” podcast, a show about design leadership that he co-hosts alongside Peter Merholz, his good friend, fellow Adaptive Path Co-Founder, and Brave UX alumnus.
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Find Jesse here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-james-garrett-1341/Twitter: https://twitter.com/jjgWebsite: https://jessejamesgarrett.com/
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Hosted by Brendan Jarvis:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanjarvis/Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

Monday Dec 11, 2023

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 agency within design tools?
How much does research impact rely upon how it's orchestrated?
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Who is Clara Kliman-Silver?
Clara is a Staff UX Researcher at Google, where she manages a team of UX researchers, and leads company-wide strategic research projects 🦉. She also works on the Material Design team and has previously worked as a Senior UX Researcher on design tools and systems.
Before joining Google, Clara was a UX Designer at Bonsai, an artificial intelligence platform startup 🤖, where she designed workflows and facilitated a range of research projects.
In 2014, Clara founded the Boston Chapter of Ladies that UX, an international organisation that connects women in the field of user experience 🙋‍♀️. An initiative that’s close to her heart, Clara is now the organiser of the San Francisco chapter, and a mentor to several other chapter leaders. 
She has spoken at events across the globe, including at the UXPA International Conference, Rosenfeld Media’s Enterprise UX, the CHI Conference, SXSW and at UX New Zealand 🎤.
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Find Clara here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cklimansilver/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cklimansilverWebsite: https://www.claraklimansilver.com/
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanjarvis/
Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

Monday Nov 27, 2023

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 that candidates should sometimes go back on their word?
What is pre-closing and why don’t you feel that it’s a fair recruitment practice?
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Who is Hang Xu?
Hang is a former product designer who, in late in 2022, became the founding talent agent of Collective Supply 👻, a recruitment agency that matches senior UX talent with companies who have ethical hiring practices.
Collective Supply believes that - in their own words - “the interview process should be ethical, transparent and respectful”, and they promise not to “shoehorn designers into crappy roles”, just so they can collect a commission.
Before founding Collective Supply, Hang was a Senior Staff UX Designer at Boston Dynamics, one of the world’s leading robotics companies. There, Hang led the UX, UI and service design for the company’s first warehouse automation robot, called Stretch.
Hang also previously worked as a Product Design Lead for Diligent Corporation, Principal UX Lead for Gemini.com, and Product Designer for Bloomberg.
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Find Hang here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haxuco/ Website: https://collective.supply/
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Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

Monday Nov 13, 2023

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 do you work with stakeholders to achieve your objectives?
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Who is A’verria Martin, PhD?
A’verria is the Director, Chief of Staff, and Head of Research Operations and Strategy at ServiceNow, a global enterprise software company that’s busy making the world of work better, for everyone.
Performing a multi-faceted role, A’verria is responsible for leading strategic initiatives, building bridges across functions, directing financial strategy, supporting the growth of other UX leaders, and acting as a trusted advisor to the VP of UX Research and Insights.
A’verria also continues to lead ServiceNow’s ReOps team; a team that she established after joining the company in late 2018.
Before ServiceNow, A’verria was a Director of Research at UC San Diego, where she led the operations of a multi-million dollar endowed research unit, comprised of 120 faculty and focused on geriatric mental health and aging.
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Find A’verria here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/averriamartin/Twitter: https://twitter.com/averriamartin
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Hosted by Brendan Jarvis:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanjarvis/
Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

Tuesday Oct 31, 2023

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 only as long as you don’t make your boss look bad?
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Who is Alla Weinberg?
Alla is the CEO and Culture Designer at Spoke & Wheel, the specialised culture design company that she founded in 2019.
Through Spoke & Wheel, Alla provides culture consulting and leadership development expertise to companies like Docusign, Uber, Salesforce, Target and Zendesk; helping them to create work environments where people can think, collaborate, and innovate.
Alla is also a Principal of Design Operations at Harmonic Design and before starting Spoke & Wheel, she worked in executive leadership development and learning and development at Salesforce, in the Bay Area.
The author of “A Culture of Safety”, Alla has leveraged her own personal experience, that of others and the latest research in neuroscience to produce an actionable guide for leaders who want to create safer and more innovative work places.
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Find Alla here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allaweinberg/Website: https://www.spokeandwheel.co/
Alla’s talks:
Culture Design: https://youtu.be/pae7HHdwdqY
Fear: The Human Barrier to Innovation:https://vimeo.com/752662160
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Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/
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Tuesday Oct 17, 2023

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 contribution to revenue?
Why is it important for designers to also be good writers?
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Who is Jane Portman?
Jane is the co-founder of Userlist, an email marketing and in-app messaging platform that’s built with B2B SaaS in mind: enabling companies to onboard, engage, and nurture customers and leads. 
Before Userlist, Jane was the founder of Tiny Reminder, a SaaS product that helps busy creatives and consultants to send automated notifications to their clients about the things they need from them.
She is also the founder and host of UI Breakfast, one of the world’s longest running and most successful design podcasts. The show has been on-air since 2014 and boasts over 260 conversations with a wide-range of industry experts.
Given Jane’s talent and track record as a podcaster, it’s no surprise that she hosts another podcast. This one’s called “Better Done than Perfect” and it explores email automation, marketing, content and product strategy for founders and product people.
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Tuesday Oct 03, 2023

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 when we're asked to do something we strongly disagree with?
Why is it important for us to speak up when we see injustices happening?
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Who is Wendy Johansson?
Wendy is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Experience Officer at MiSalud, a company that’s on a mission to provide affordable, culturally-authentic, physical and mental healthcare for the Latinx community in the USA and Mexico.
Before starting MiSalud, Wendy worked at Amazon, where she launched the inaugural UX Design and Research Apprenticeship Programme; a programme that provided a pathway to UX careers for people from underrepresented communities and non-traditional backgrounds.
Wendy has also been the Global Vice President of User Experience at Publicis Sapient, where she led a team of over 1,000 designers and partnered with then CXO, Dr. John Maeda, to transform a largely traditional agency into an experience-led consultancy.
Back in 2013, Wendy co-founded Wizeline, a global product development company where she was also VP of UX, managing a global team of over 75 designers, and VP of Academy, where she led the global expansion of Wizeline Academy. 
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Find Wendy here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendyjohansson/Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxwendyWebsite: https://www.wendyjohansson.com/
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Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

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 should we embrace it, right now?
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Who is Ronnie Battista?
Ronnie is a Senior Director of Global Experience Design at Slalom, a global business and technology consulting company that helps organisations to dream bigger, move faster, and build better tomorrows for all.
At Slalom, Ronnie leads a team that supports the strategic experience design efforts of the company’s 40+ offices across North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Germany.
Ronnie is also the Program Director and Adjunct Professor of the Master of Business and Science programme at Rutgers University, an institution that he has had a longstanding and deep commitment to.
Between 2010 and 2013, Ronnie served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the User Experience Professionals Association, or UXPA as it’s more commonly known.
An experienced strategic designer and design leader, Ronnie’s has shared his perspectives across the globe, most notably at UX STRAT, on the Thinking & Doing podcast, as a former columnist for UXmatters, and - of course - at Rutgers University.
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Find Ronnie here:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronniebattista/Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonnieBattistaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_space_barn/Website: http://rutgersuxd.com/
The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater:https://a.co/d/1A8GpQy
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Website: https://thespaceinbetween.co.nz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendanjarvis/

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