Awkward Silences

Awkward Silences

By User Interviews
Welcome to Awkward Silences by User Interviews, where we interview the people who interview people. Listen as we geek out on all things UX research, qualitative data, and the craft of understanding people to build better products and businesses. Hosted by Erin May and JH Forster, VPs of marketing and product at User Interviews.
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#20 - Why Being Wrong is Right with Alec Levin of The UXR Collective
This week on the pod, we talked to Alec Levin, one of the co-founders of UX Research Toronto, a major UXR conference. He chatted with us about something he thinks UX research needs more of—failure. He put it this way in the podcast, "If you’re batting 100% on all your points of view, you’re not trying hard enough. You’re working on stuff that’s too easy." Erin and JH chatted with him about being open to new ideas, challenging yourself, and being transparent about your work. 
28:33
July 10, 2019
#19 - What UX Researchers Can Learn From Children with Noam Segal of Wealthfront
This week on the podcast, Erin and JH talk to Noam Segal, Director of User Research at Wealthfront. Noam recently gave a talk at the UXR Strive conference in Toronto, and after hearing all the buzz we had to chat with him about it ourselves. He shared some lessons he's learned about research from his four year old daughter, including, keep your eye on the prize, find a method in the madness, tell it like it is, be a good host, and believe in magic. 
45:24
June 28, 2019
#18 - Juggling Hardware and Software (and Service Design) Research with Susan Rice of Toast
This week on the podcast, Erin and JH talk to Susan Rice, Head of of Product Design and Research, at Toast. As Toast developed their Toast Go, a handheld POS system for restaurants, Susan learned a lot about researching for both hardware and software at the same time. She also talked about her passion for service design, what she loves about working in design and research, and how she juggles design for B2B, B2C, and everything in between.
28:26
May 30, 2019
#17 - Is It Ok To Recline Your Seat On An Airplane? with Bob Saris of User Interviews
This week, we’re doing something a little bit different. We’re talking to the CTO of User Interviews, Bob Saris, and a bunch of random strangers about one of the biggest questions out there—is it ok to recline your seat on an airplane? We got our whole team involved to do some on-the-street research. Read all about it here: https://bit.ly/2w3iUfU
22:01
May 16, 2019
#16 - How to Facilitate User Research in Any Team with Nicola Rushton
This week on Awkward Silences, we talked to pro UX designer and researcher Nicola Rushton. She's worked with teams large and small to facilitate fantastic research. She walked us through how she does it and how to think of researchers as facilitators of learning. Read all about it here: https://bit.ly/2VRwqSk
28:12
May 8, 2019
#15 - Starting a ResearchOps Practice with Kate Towsey of Atlassian
This week on Awkward Silences, we talked to Kate Towsey, who is the Research Operations Manager at Atlassian. You may know her as the person who started the ResearchOps Slack community in March of 2018. In the past year, the ResearchOps community has grown and Kate has left her consulting career to join Atlassian. Erin and JH talked to Kate about how she's started a ResearchOps practice and what she's excited to see as ResearchOps grows. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2XZavWK
44:23
May 1, 2019
#14 - 3 Ways to Make a Potentially Awkward User Interview Less Awkward with Adam Sigel of Hometap
This week, we're maxing out on awkward. Erin and JH talked to Adam Sigel, Head of Product at Hometap, about the (potentially) awkward and (usually) emotional interviews that make up his research with homeowners. Through his years in product, he's learned some things about making user interviews less awkward. Check out the full blog post here: https://bit.ly/2DyY7Vw
27:01
April 24, 2019
#13 - Make Qualitative Research Your Competitive Marketing Advantage with Katelyn Bourgoin of Customer Camp
Talking to customers is pretty powerful stuff. This week Erin & JH talked to Katelyn Bourgoin, 3x startup founder and growth geek, about how qualitative research can become your marketing team's competitive advantage. Learn more about the episode here https://bit.ly/2IHsbSu
36:58
April 18, 2019
#12 - 3 Essential Times for Qualitative Research With Shipra Kayan of Upwork
This week on the podcast, Erin and JH talk to Shipra Kayan. After 10 years of working in UX design and research at Upwork, she's launched her own consultancy. On the pod, she talked about getting your research started on the right foot, no matter what kind of research you're doing or how big your team is. Read all about it at https://bit.ly/2Z6gyKH
30:36
April 10, 2019
#11 - Integrating Research Faster with John Cutler of Amplitude
This week on Awkward Silences, we talked to John Cutler, Product Evangelist at Amplitude. He talks about how to integrate research faster, starting together with your whole team, and practicing just-in-time research. Want to learn more about what we talked about in this episode? Check out our blog post here: https://bit.ly/2CEaoaO
36:52
March 27, 2019
#10 - Give Us Your Feedback and Reviews (Retro #1) - with Erin & JH
In this special edition episode, we're talking about what we think about the podcast so far and where we hope to go. We want your feedback to help us decide what to do next! Let us know what you think here: https://bit.ly/2uoijV9
35:07
March 22, 2019
#9 - Running Amazing Remote UX Research Sessions with Sonya Badigian of Marketade
Erin and JH talk to Sonya Badigian, UX and Content Specialist at Marketade. As a researcher at a fully-remote company, Sonya is a big fan of remote research. She walks us through how remote research can be affordable, flexible, and fun.  Want to learn more about remote user research? Check out our blog post! https://bit.ly/2O2O3Iz
29:47
March 13, 2019
#8 - Continuously Delivering and Discovering with James Aylward of Pluralsight
What does it take to run a team that's constantly researching customers and shipping product? James Aylward of Pluralsight has a framework that keeps his team moving while creating products that are all about the customer. In this episode, he talks about Pluralsight's directed discovery process and how they assemble awesome teams that keep it all moving.  Want to learn more? Check out our blog post: https://bit.ly/2BVI0Rn
31:11
February 27, 2019
#7 - Making User Testing Fast, Fun, and Accessible with Laura Powell of Appcues
JH and Erin talk to Laura Powell, creator of User Test Fest, an event hosted by Appcues to bring user testing to more companies and users. User testing is fun, informative, and impactful. User Test Fest is here to prove it.  Want to learn more about quick user testing? Check out our blog post: https://bit.ly/2UUzetN
32:38
February 13, 2019
#6 - Building Products That Don't Cause Emotional Trauma with Laura Klein
This week on the podcast, Erin and JH talked to Laura Klein about building products that consider user's real life situations more thoughtfully. Sometimes, big tech does things that actually end up emotionally harming users. How do we do better?
41:30
January 30, 2019
#5 - Collaboration Between UXR and Stakeholders with Holly Hester-Reilly
This week on the pod, Erin and JH talk to Holly Hester-Reilly, CEO of H2R Product Science. They talk about creating org structures that are great for collaborative research, presenting your research in a way that makes it easy to empathize with users, and how research can get left behind as a company grows.  Want to learn more about creating research that works with stakeholders? Check out our blog post here: https://bit.ly/2McVQTh
30:19
January 16, 2019
#4 - Conversational Research with Maggie Crowley of Drift
This week on the pod, Erin and JH talk to Maggie Crowley, Director of Product Management at Drift, about research as a product manager at a rapidly growing startup. They talk about how to do great research in a conversational way, how Drift's research practice is growing, and how Maggie thinks about research as a PM.  Want to learn more about conversational research? Check out our blog post here: https://bit.ly/2TqA5lk
30:39
January 2, 2019
#3 - Quant and Qual Flow with Cat Anderson
The best research plans leave room for evolution, to see what the research reveals, and build further testing to drive deeper insights. Cat Anderson, a UX writer at AP Intego, joins us to talk about how methods can inform each other, and lead to better customer understanding to benefit the entire company. Check out our blog post for even more qual and quant talk: https://bit.ly/2QKgYF6
29:03
December 12, 2018
#2 - When Research Doesn't Go As Planned with Jaclyn Perrone of Thoughtbot
This week, Erin and JH talk to Jaclyn Perrone, Design Director at thoughtbot, about how to handle research that doesn't quite go as planned. They dive into preparing for your research sessions, making participants feel comfortable, and staying calm when things go wrong. Want more info on how to prepare for awesome research? Check out our blog post here https://bit.ly/2B2q7yX
27:34
December 4, 2018
#1 - Why are we here? with your co-hosts, JH and Erin
Listen as JH and Erin wrestle with the biggest question there is: why are we here anyway? We'll dive into what we think the podcast should (and should not) be and pave the way for our first guest.
18:24
November 28, 2018
#0 - Trailer
What's this Awkward Silences podcast all about anyway? As a place to start, it's about embracing the awkward beauty of talking to people to learn and build better stuff. Get a sneak peek in this pre-episode and meet our hosts, JH Forster and Erin May of User Interviews.
06:27
November 26, 2018
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