54 episodes

Thoughtful business education for designers.

d.MB‪A‬ d.MBA

    • Design
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Thoughtful business education for designers.

    Guestimation Challenge

    Guestimation Challenge

    This is our first ever Guestimation Challenge!
    It’s a game in which we try to make fast estimations with very little data. For example, estimate how many miles of highway does the US have? Players can only use a calculator, pen, and paper to come as close to the correct number as possible. Without the use of their computer or additional resources.

    • 47 min
    Prototyping with Numbers

    Prototyping with Numbers

    We recently hosted a webinar Prototyping with Numbers. In this episode, we share an audio snippet of the first part of that webinar, where Alen explains how to create numerical prototypes to uncover the viability and feasibility risks of design concepts.

    You can access a video recording of this webinar here


    • 25 min
    Can you become business-savvy without compromising design values?

    Can you become business-savvy without compromising design values?

    In this special episode, Alen shares his latest essay on the dilemma between business and design. Many designers are afraid that business literacy will lead them to compromise their values and principles.

    Alen shares why this is a false dilemma and why in reality the relationship between the two is actually synergistic!


    • 11 min
    Circular economy, outcome-based pricing, cutting out middlemen

    Circular economy, outcome-based pricing, cutting out middlemen

    In the latest Business Design Jam, Alen is joined by two d.MBA mentors, Jo Roberts (Lead business designer at Designit) and Andreea Strachină (business designer expert at PWC IXDS). They talked about:
    - circular business models and how to apply them to service businesses,
    - how to apply outcome-based pricing to different industries,
    - and how Away founders built a billion-dollar startup by redesigning the arena’s value chain.


    • 51 min
    Why we compete in arenas, not industries

    Why we compete in arenas, not industries

    Competitor research is important. It helps us learn about our competitors so we can make better decisions. Decisions that lead to more value created for our customers and our organization.

    However, when we think about our competitors, we are all making a fundamental logical mistake. We mistake our direct competitors with our only competitors.

    In this Mini MBA episode, Franz and Alen sit down to talk about the concept of Competitive Arenas and how designers can use it in their work.

    • 18 min
    How one fine-dining restaurant thrives during the COVID lockdown

    How one fine-dining restaurant thrives during the COVID lockdown

    In the new Business Design Jam, Alen and Franz, discuss the latest business design stories:

    - how a Michelin 3-star restaurant is not only surviving but even thriving during the coronavirus lockdown,
    - how Universal Studios pioneered a new way to premier movies,
    - and how Airbnb forgot that it is servicing two groups of customers.


    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

sovica1511 ,

Engaging & useful

This podcast is a must for any designer. Alen is a great host. His questions are thought provoking and always spark a lively conversations with his guests. It is one of the few podcasts that is not only interesting but strongly actionable and useful.

Matthias ✌️ ,

Very insightful & super relevant

Alen always has great conversation partners that educate in a very casual way. I love that it feels both high-level and very actionable at the same time. The recent episode of mixing strategy into design sprint has been one of my favorites so far 👌

(~_~A) ,


Perfect balance of design and business discussions. Consistently interesting guests, and a smart, prepared host. Always looking forward to new episodes!

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