It was a good year for podcasts and writing. So I wanted to highlight my most popular (and favorite) articles and podcasts from 2021.
Product Thinking and Delivering Value in Software Development - A Conversation With Mark Taylor
Embracing product thinking as a product development team, an organization, and as practitioners is key to creating great products. Adopting a product mindset comes through education, experimentation, communication, and constant improvement. We explored how to shift mindsets, where project thinking falls short, and so much more.
A Product Conversation With Jens Goetzmann - Product Management, Writing, Working with Engineers & More
Jens is a longtime product manager, and he joined us to talk about all things product. We discussed the benefits of writing as a forcing function and how writing and product are so similar. We also discussed how to work with engineers and the role of product management as risk management. And so much more. Listen for one of the best product conversations we've had yet.
Managing Burnout in A Design and Product Career: A Conversation with Carien Moolman
Burnout—chronic workplace stress that hasn't been successfully managed—is becoming more and more common. But what can we do about it? In this episode, we talked with experience designer Carien Moolman about her experience with burnout. We discussed the 3 predictors of burnout and what each of us needs to overcome and avoid burnout in our careers. We also talk tips and tricks for avoiding burnout as product people.
Prioritization, Creating Order, and Product Management - An Interview with Rachael Larsen, Head of Education
In this episode, we were joined by Rachael Larsen, the Head of Education at Product School. Rachael has been in technology and education for over 14 years, and has built software products that range from mobile apps to large enterprise systems. We discussed everything from "beta spring" weather to prioritizing in product and in life. We discussed tips for product managers, best advice, and some highlights and lowlights from Rachael's career in product.
Tips For Starting a UX Design Career or Design Team with David Broschinsky
David Broschinsky is a Director of UX. He has over 20 years of experience, and has seen the field grow from almost nothing to its current state. As he's helped develop UX teams and UX practitioners, he's seen what works and what it takes to be successful. In this episode, we discussed where UX started and the changes we'll see in the future. We talked about how we can build good design teams and get support from our organizations. We also discussed tips for young UX designers. And, of course, a few of our favorite gadgets.