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As tech teams we're great at designing and building products and experiences that people love. But one thing that we still can't do effectively is design our own careers.

With the help of regular contributors and special guests, we dig into why that is, tackling questions around managing vs making, missing manager tools, soft and hard skills and training, compensation and navigating a new job that's right for you.

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As tech teams we're great at designing and building products and experiences that people love. But one thing that we still can't do effectively is design our own careers.

With the help of regular contributors and special guests, we dig into why that is, tackling questions around managing vs making, missing manager tools, soft and hard skills and training, compensation and navigating a new job that's right for you.

    #22: Inside Progression Ep2 — Jonny and Neil catch-up

    #22: Inside Progression Ep2 — Jonny and Neil catch-up

    It's been a while since Jonny and Neil sat down to talk through Product progress, plans and strategy. This somewhat unplanned ramble-chat covers how we're thinking about high touch vs low touch go-to-market, COVID impact, honing the problem we're solving and for who.

    Of course, Neil also reviews a biscuit.

    We have no new guest interview episodes planned (it's been a busy few months) but if you like these team chats please let us know and we can do more of them!



    Anti-racism statement

    During this episode we reference a statement on anti-racism and our stance, that we planned to be an intro to the episode but we decided to make it its own episode. The audio and transcript of that is here: https://www.progressionapp.com/posts/anti-racism-statement/ — please do give it a listen, we're learning and would love your feedback.



    Other links

    As always, you can give Progression a try at https://progressionapp.com

    All previous episodes now available on our blog: https://progressionapp.com/blog

    Jonny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonnyburch

    Neil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ncameron

    • 41 min
    Progression anti-racism statement

    Progression anti-racism statement

    A statement about our Anti-racism stance and plans for making Progression an anti-racist product and business.

    Read the full statement and more detail on our action items here: https://progressionapp.com/posts/anti-racism-statement/

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    #21 Cap Watkins (Primary, Buzzfeed) on helping new managers and the problem with taking other people's career ladders

    #21 Cap Watkins (Primary, Buzzfeed) on helping new managers and the problem with taking other people's career ladders

    Cap Watkins is CXO at Primary, where he's responsible for Design, Product, People and engineering (oh my!).

    In the recent past, he was a professional leadership coach and organizational consultant at Practical Works, helping senior contributors, first-time managers and managers-of-managers grow and evolve in their roles. Previously, he was VP of Design at BuzzFeed, where he managed Product Design. 

    While at Buzzfeed Cap also created one of the most popular design frameworks on progression.fyi – https://www.progression.fyi/f/buzzfeed, which he then blogged about warning people not to use it directly. We talked about that along with several of his blog posts, including:

    https://capwatkins.com/blog/skip-the-shortcuts

    https://capwatkins.com/blog/two-questions

    I'd been following and nagging Cap for an interview for months, so it's funny that it then took me six months to get the resulting interview out. It's a great and very much evergreen interview though, so lots to dig into.



    Find cap on:

    https://capwatkins.com/

    https://twitter.com/cap



    Who else should we be speaking to?

    Be on the pod! Tell us about someone great! Just email podcast@progressionapp.com and tell us more.



    Our lovely sponsor: Deliveroo

    Our wonderful sponsor Deliveroo is looking for loads of designers, researchers, writers as well as leaders and managers. Go check them out at https://deliveroo.design



    Join the waitlist

    We’re aiming to launch soon, but if you want to jump the gun or just be in the loop, get involved in our waitlist. progressionapp.com



    Rate us!

    It really helps if you rate us on iTunes. You can do that right here. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/progression-podcast/id1435509539

    • 46 min
    #20: Irene Au (Khosla Ventures, Google) on scaling design teams and practices, scaling yourself and finding your why

    #20: Irene Au (Khosla Ventures, Google) on scaling design teams and practices, scaling yourself and finding your why

    About Irene

    Irene is a designer and veteran design leader, leading design and user experience at Google, Yahoo, Netscape, and Udacity. She was once even the most prolific hirer of UX talent in silicon valley. 

    She now works as an operational partner at Khosla Ventures, working with fast growing portfolio companies on design and strategic problems at the highest level, as well as teaching yoga.

    Our conversation covered scaling design across some of the most well known and iconic companies in the world as well as extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation, using envy to identify what you enjoy and finding the thing that gives you joy.

    I loved this conversation – Irene absolutely (but politely) schooled me on some of my assumptions about the evolution of design and I learned a ton. I hope you do too!

    Irene's website: ireneau.com

    Irene on Twitter: twitter.com/ireneau

    Design your Life – Irene's medium blog: https://medium.com/design-your-life



    Who else should we be speaking to?

    Be on the pod! Tell us about someone great! Just email podcast@progressionapp.com and tell us more.



    Our lovely sponsor: Deliveroo

    Our wonderful sponsor Deliveroo is looking for loads of designers, researchers, writers as well as leaders and managers. Go check them out at https://deliveroo.design

    We're looking for new sponsors! hit us up: podcast@progressionapp.com



    Join the waitlist

    We’re aiming to launch soon, but if you want to jump the gun or just be in the loop, get involved in our waitlist. progressionapp.com



    Rate us!

    It really helps if you rate us on iTunes. You can do that right here. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/progression-podcast/id1435509539

    • 41 min
    #19: Ryan Carson (CEO, Treehouse) on a winding journey to training 100,000 new software engineers

    #19: Ryan Carson (CEO, Treehouse) on a winding journey to training 100,000 new software engineers

    About Ryan

    Ryan Carson has been a huge figure in tech and online learning for a long time now through his company Treehouse, but his journey to get there and onwards from this success story is a journey of learning about himself, what he loves and also his privilege.  From Carsonified, his tech conference startup based in the UK through Treehouse to Project unlock the American dream (training 100,000 Americans from diverse backgrounds into software engineering apprenticeships), he talks through his biggest challenge yet.

    Ryan on twitter: https://twitter.com/ryancarson

    Treehouse: https://teamtreehouse.com

    Project unlock the american dream: https://projectunlocktheamericandream.org



    Ryan's book recommendations

    The New Jim Crow: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1595586431

    Seeing White: https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-White-Introduction-Privilege-Race/dp/1442203080



    Who else should we be speaking to?

    Be on the pod! Tell us about someone great! Just email podcast@progressionapp.com and tell us more.



    Our lovely sponsor: Deliveroo

    Our wonderful sponsor Deliveroo is looking for loads of designers, researchers, writers as well as leaders and managers. Go check them out at https://deliveroo.design



    Join the waitlist

    We’re aiming to launch soon, but if you want to jump the gun or just be in the loop, get involved in our waitlist. progressionapp.com



    Rate us!

    It really helps if you rate us on iTunes. You can do that right here. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/progression-podcast/id1435509539

    • 30 min
    #18 Anne-Laure Le Cunff on mindfulness, burnout, writing every day and building a business

    #18 Anne-Laure Le Cunff on mindfulness, burnout, writing every day and building a business

    Today’s guest: Anne-Laure Le Cunff

    Anne-Laure is a prolific writer, thinker and learner. From a background in tech at companies like Google, she's spend the last year or so focused on entrepreneurial projects, culminating in her own Venture Studio Ness Labs, dedicated to products that help people be happier and healthier. She's hugely active in the online entrepreneurial community, championing learning and personal development with a broad set of 6000+ folks following along through her newsletter.

    As a fellow maker and founder, Anne-Laure and I talk less about team building and more about the journey of starting something new, compound interest when it comes to writing, being an active learner and a company of one.

    Anne-Laure's company: https://nesslabs.com/ and newsletter: https://nesslabs.com/newsletter

    Maker Mag: https://makermag.com/

    Anne-Laure on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anthilemoon



    Our lovely sponsor: Deliveroo

    Our wonderful sponsor Deliveroo is looking for loads of designers, researchers, writers as well as leaders and managers. Go check them out at https://deliveroo.design



    Join the waitlist

    We’re aiming to launch in the first quarter of next year, but if you want to jump the gun or just be in the loop, get involved in our waitlist. https://progressionapp.com



    Rate us!

    It really helps if you rate us on iTunes. You can do that right here. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/progression-podcast/id1435509539



    Who else should we be speaking to?

    Be on the pod! Tell us about someone great! Just email podcast@progressionapp.com and tell us more.

    • 40 min

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