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How can organisations ensure they’re building digital products and services with users in mind? What challenges and opportunities does user-centred design present? User Research Lead Mike Green chats candidly with UX design and research professionals around the world.

Understanding Users: The UX Podcast Mike Green

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How can organisations ensure they’re building digital products and services with users in mind? What challenges and opportunities does user-centred design present? User Research Lead Mike Green chats candidly with UX design and research professionals around the world.

    64. Quantitative research: What are the pitfalls and benefits for product teams?: Ben Dressler @ Freelance Product Insights Researcher

    64. Quantitative research: What are the pitfalls and benefits for product teams?: Ben Dressler @ Freelance Product Insights Researcher

    "The only reason I sometimes shy away from the words 'qual' and 'quant' is I think they present this dichotomy that is not the full truth, right?
    I think people then start to think 'qual' means talking to people about fuzzy feelings and doing personas, whereas 'quant' means you sit on billions of data points and you put graphs and fancy charts out and you speak in ways that normal people don't understand.
    Whereas in reality, obviously, it's a continuum, right? That's why I prefer to talk about the whole dimension as product insights, because we're all trying, at the end of the day, to understand people so that we can make better decisions for our product and for our businesses."
    Join me chatting with Ben Dressler around all things quantitative research: how it differs from qualitative research, when to use it, what to watch out for, how to run A/B tests, how and why to use surveys, how to think about confidence intervals, the perennial dangers of correlation vs. causation, and lots more besides...
    I hope you find something thought-provoking here to consider in the context of your own work. 
    You can also read the full Transcript. 
    Thanks for listening. 
    Mike Green
     
     

    • 52 min
    63. Researcher Burnout: What is it? How do you spot the warning signs? And what can you do about it?

    63. Researcher Burnout: What is it? How do you spot the warning signs? And what can you do about it?

    Tina Lickova is an independent researcher and service designer. She is also host of the excellent UX Research Geeks podcast. 
    In this honest and candid episode, Tina talks with me from personal experience about professional burnout working as a researcher: what it is, how to acknowledge it, what the warning signs are and how to take action. We also discuss some positive strategies to adopt to minimise the risk of it in the first place. 
    I hope you find something thought-provoking here to consider in the context of your own life and work. 
    You can also read the full Transcript. 
    Thanks for listening. 
    Mike Green
     
     

    • 36 min
    62. How do you uncover the most compelling insights when interviewing your users?: Author Steve Portigal

    62. How do you uncover the most compelling insights when interviewing your users?: Author Steve Portigal

    Steve Portigal is an experienced user researcher who helps organisations to build more mature user research practices. He is principal of Portigal Consulting, and the author of two books: Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries and Interviewing Users, the second edition of which is now out. He’s also the host of the Dollars to Donuts podcast. 
    In this episode, Steve and I discuss the latest edition of his classic book 'Interviewing Users'.
    Some highlights from this episode:
    > 05:20 - How user research has evolved in the last 10 years and the genesis of the second edition of the book
    > 11:00 - Remote research and the impact of COVID 
    > 17:22 - Developments in user research tooling
    > 23:40 - Emergence of ResearchOps as a career path 
    > 31:40 - Navigating challenges in running user research
    > 39:37 - Steve’s own key takeaway from the book 
    > 45:11 - Feedback loops and ways of building rapport with users
    > 50:35 - The joy and privilege of researching and learning 
    > 57:25 - The impact of AI on research as a discipline
    I hope you will find plenty here that's thought-provoking to consider in the context of your own work :)  
    And there's a SPECIAL LISTENER OFFER: until 4 March 2024, you can purchase Steve's new book with a 20% discount here with the code understandingusers. :) 
    Thanks for listening!
    Mike Green @ Researchable
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    61. What exactly is ’ResearchOps’? How can it help organisations to support research teams to understand their users better?: Julian Della Mattia @ Freelance ReOps Specialist

    61. What exactly is ’ResearchOps’? How can it help organisations to support research teams to understand their users better?: Julian Della Mattia @ Freelance ReOps Specialist

    Julian Della Mattia is a UX Researcher specialised in Research Operations. He helps companies of all sizes build their user research practices from scratch.
    In this episode he explains the ResearchOps function, when and how it can add value to product teams, and he shares his experiences of advising and working with organisations across Europe to elevate how they gather and action insights from their users.  
    I hope you find something thought-provoking here to consider in the context of your own work. 
    Thanks for listening. 
    Mike Green

    • 40 min
    60. UX Brighton 2023 - Part 3: What did those attending UX Brighton 2023 take away from the event? - Attendees @ UXBrighton

    60. UX Brighton 2023 - Part 3: What did those attending UX Brighton 2023 take away from the event? - Attendees @ UXBrighton

    This time I'm chatting with some of the attendees at UX Brighton 2023, themed around Creativity and Innovation. They share with me why they came to this year's event and what they have taken away from it. 
    I hope you enjoy the episode and find something thought-provoking here to consider in your own work.
    Thanks for listening. 
    Mike Green

    • 9 min
    59. How should design leaders recruit and manage teams working on AI-based products? Chris Reardon, former Head of Product Design, Responsible AI @ Meta (Part 4)

    59. How should design leaders recruit and manage teams working on AI-based products? Chris Reardon, former Head of Product Design, Responsible AI @ Meta (Part 4)

    "I think because of the gravitas of what AI can bring to the world in terms of social impact leaders have to be extremely humble...As a leader in this space, you have to kind of understand that you're going to have to hire people who aren't the typical employee. The other thing too - it's very important to the leadership team to hire a diverse group of people and I really mean diverse, because if you're designing for essentially the whole world, you need to represent the whole world on the team."
    Chris Reardon was formerly Head of Product Design, Responsible AI @ Meta and is now Design Director - AI Envisioning Studio, Technology & Society @ Google.
    This is the final part of a series of four revealing AI-related conversations with Chris as he discusses his own career journey at the cutting edge of designing artificial intelligence products, his views on the impact of AI on design as a discipline, the roles and responsibilities that will be needed for design leadership in AI, how AI might influence individual design careers.  
    In this episode we talk about the role of leadership in AI product teams. 
    Chris is hugely experienced, impassioned and persuasive, and he shares plenty of nuggets of his hard-won wisdom that anyone in any organisation considering working in the AI space should reflect upon.
    I hope you enjoy this episode and find something thought-provoking to consider in the context of your own work. 
    Thanks for listening. 
    Mike Green

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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Papilio81 ,

Engaging and informative insight into UX

I really enjoy listening to these podcasts. Mike builds great rapport with his guests - who have all got interesting perspectives and stories about their work in UX. They offer fantastic insights into the work that goes into developing products and services with users at their heart. For somebody relatively new to UX like me they’re a great way of learning more, but I’d equally recommend to somebody with years of experience, as there’s always something new to take away.

Guy Cocker ,

Great UX podcast whether you're in the industry or not

Mike's UX podcast is welcoming, informative and fun. It has great guests who offer real insight into the industry, and Mike teases out some great tips and anecdotes from their professional experience. A great listen for anyone wanting to learn more about UX.

Stewart Ben ,

Great to hear from these experts

It’s great to hear experts talk about their work. And Mike’s skill in research is on show as well - he brings out the things that matter from his interviewees, and we get a feel for who these wonderful characters are that he interviews too. It results in feeling much closer to the expert work, the challenges, and the value delivered by these digital professionals.

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