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Design by 3

By Ganji, Harshadewa, and sirStinkySocks
Db3 is a Podcast by three lifelong friends Ganji, Harshadewa, and sirStinkySocks on a mission to embarrass each other. Yes, they also talk through a secret magical door to the beautiful world of design. When they stop embarrassing each other topics such as Product Design, UX Design, Business Analysis, and Product Management are taken up.
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Why Design Sprints are like Ice Cream 🍦?

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DesignOps: What, How and Why 🤷‍♂️ 🤷‍♀️?
In this episode, we talk about a much-hyped, trendy 📈 thing in the space of design, (hashtag) DesignOps! 👩‍🔧 Know all the wrong reasons to be a Design Manager! and...we predict the future! 🧙🏽‍♀️ We have become quite a bunch of fortune-tellers! 02:00 What is DesignOps? 04:00 Do you enjoy operating tasks in Design? 10:25 Product of the week: Google Tables 14:00 Google moved April 1st to September 14:40 A DesignOps story from Figma 18:55 Design Manager vs Manager of Designers 19:30 How to be a DesignOps person or a manager? 23:50 Book review: Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown 31:45 What makes you hate your job? 36:20 Predicting the future of DesignOps Products and services: Google Tables: https://tables.area120.google.com/u/0/about#/ Books: Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown: https://www.amazon.com/Hacking-Growth-Fastest-Growing-Companies-Breakout/dp/045149721X Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
40:08
September 27, 2020
Being Design-Driven is overrated?
14 episodes in 100 days! 🚩 Not a bad ride, eh? To celebrate this, we will tell you how design-matured you are 🧙 followed by a sensitive book review on Rework by Jason Fried 📖 01:23 What does it mean to be a design-driven team? 11:44 Product of the week: Chuck! 16:40 InVision Design Maturity Model 26:45 Book review: Rework by Jason Fried 36:22 How to measure the impact of Design 43:10 The worst way to end an episode Products and services: Chuck: https://chuck.email/ Books: Rework by Jason Fried: https://basecamp.com/books/rework Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
44:48
September 18, 2020
Why Design Sprints are like Ice Cream 🍦?
In this episode, we ramble on the evolution of Design Sprints 🐒 ! What pitfalls you may avoid and you may fall into anyway! Also we love Jake Knapp! Buy the Sprint book! 😜 05:10 Can Design Sprints solve all the problems in the world? 10:21 Product of the week: Magic Email 15:15 What not to do when running a Design Sprint 26:26 Book review: Change by Design 35:20 How to be a good facilitator? 51:30 We are the noise in your ears! Products and services: Magic email: https://magicemail.io/ Books: Change by Design: https://www.amazon.com/Change-Design-Revised-Updated-Organizations/dp/0062856626 Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath: https://www.amazon.com/Made-Stick-Ideas-Survive-Others/dp/1400064287 Sprint by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky: https://www.thesprintbook.com/ Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
54:51
September 5, 2020
Secrets revealed 🤫 : How designers are made
Are designers born or made? In this episode, we decided to tell you our own story! (Probably we will bore you to death! If you survive, you will never listen to us again). 01:32 Jake Knapp convinced me to be a designer 09:35 Why I was fighting to be a spec writer 13:04 I was, really, really, really good at maths 17:06 Product of the week: Walling 22:26 Ken Robinson and Rebel in no-chaos is a terrorist 26:21 Is Youtube reliable to learn? 27:49 Book Review: Leadership and Self-Deception 34:27 Make people great again, and Harsha's love for solving problem 36:58 What's Ganji's end game Products and services: Walling: https://walling.app/ Ideo Designkit: https://www.designkit.org/ Books: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40510378-leadership-and-self-deception Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
41:59
August 27, 2020
Design in Agile: Better Love Story Than Twilight
In this episode, we ramble on how designers can fit into Agile Sprints? We think David Kelley is more creative than you. Also, we are so kind to give you some career advice.  01:34 How does the Product Designer role fit into a Scrum Team? 06:30 When should design happen in Scrum? 07:00 Dual and Tri track Agile 11:23 Product of the Episode: Canva 15:37 Speed first, Aesthetics second? 19:22 Google is not afraid to fail 21:40 Design is experimenting 23:42 Book review: Creative Confidence by David Kelley and Tom Kelley 29:50 Organizational Culture and the Role of Design 31:44 Feature teams vs Product teams  Products and services:  Canva https://www.canva.com/  Books:  Creative Confidence: https://www.creativeconfidence.com/book/  Design by 3 Hosts  Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/  Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/  Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
35:37
August 21, 2020
Have you ever heard of AI Design Sprint™?
Have you ever heard of AI Design Sprint™ 🤖? Why does @Ganji think AI cannot replace designers and why the other 2 disagree 😡? Are you ready to disagree to agree in this episode? 00:00 Summer stories or stories of the summer 01:18 Designers in AI-powered world 04:10 Figma and AI are the same 11:28 Product of the episode: Jamm 16:36 Designers! How do you use AI at work? 20:30 AI-DesignOps 23:30 Book review: Julie Zhuo's The Making of a Manager 28:09 Can AI replace designers? 37:55 AI-powered beatboxing by Ganji Products and services: Unscreen: https://www.unscreen.com/ Clearview: https://clearview.ai/ Books: The Making of a Manager: https://www.juliezhuo.com/book/manager.html Everything else: A Case for Banning Facial Recognition: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/technology/facial-recognition-software.html Deepfake: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepfake 33a: https://www.33a.ai/ Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
39:49
August 14, 2020
Screen-time is the new smoking?
What is harder, 🏌🏼‍♀️ or 🏏? Is Google's Digital Well-being assessment telling the truth? How many daily phone pick-ups you need, to get labelled as a phone-addict 🚬? 01:40 Google digital wellbeing self-assessment 09:43 TikTok falls under the "creativity" category? 14:13 Product of the episode: TheirTube and Designer Tomo Kihara 19:47 Designers, how do you stay up to date on trends? 24:16 Book review: John Doerr's Measure what matters, the OKR book 29:24 Design for digital wellbeing Products and services: TheirTube: https://www.their.tube/ Books: John Doerr's Measure what matters: https://www.whatmatters.com/the-book/ Everything else: Google Digital Wellbeing: https://wellbeing.google Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
36:29
August 4, 2020
Finally! Slack sees the elephant in the room
Did Slack and great Steward Butterfield admit defeat in front of Microsoft Teams? 🏳 Or Are they flighting back with EU competition complaint? ⚔ In this episode, we discuss what a designer could do if you are in a situation similar to Slack? How can you launch a fightback as a designer? 00:41 Slack files EU competition complaint against Microsoft 14:14 Product of the episode: Slite (https://slite.com/) 19:26 If you are a small fish in a big pond, just switch 23:45 Book review: Kim Scott's Radical Candor (https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Candor-Kim-Scott/dp/B01KTIEFEE) 28:27 Design for product retirement  Products and services: Slite: https://slite.com/ Books: Radical Candor: https://kimmalonescott.com/ Everything else: Slack tweet: https://twitter.com/SlackHQ/status/1285927904447275010 Slack 2016 press release: https://slackhq.com/dear-microsoft Design by 3 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDesignBy3 Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
38:08
July 29, 2020
Can you be forever unemployable?
This episode gets heated up with a rough battle between UX and UI Design. It is extremely controversial and contagious! Wash your ears for 20 seconds after listening to this episode. 00:30 Personas are broken, just use JTBD (https://uxdesign.cc/heres-why-you-should-stop-using-personas-63c09a844e67) 07:00 Designing for accessibility is not that hard 20:30 UX Design is UI Design bruh! 31:47 Everything about Smart Facemasks (https://www.donutrobotics.com/c-mask) 36:50 Product of the Week (https://www.onwatch.app/) 39:59 Jeff Gothelf Forever Employable - Book Review (https://jeffgothelf.com/foreveremployable/) 47:55 Have Design Managers forgotten that they are designers too Products and services: OnWatch: https://www.onwatch.app/ Books: Forever Employable: https://jeffgothelf.com/foreveremployable/ Everything else: Designing for Web Accessibility: https://www.w3.org/WAI/tips/designing/ -- Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
58:16
July 21, 2020
The mmhmm... Episode
How do we design features that are rarely used? Is there a difference between a Product Designer and a UX Designer? What the hell is the "API-First approach" in developing products? In this episode, we are trying our best to find answers! Do you think we succeeded? 00:10 Understanding the API-First Approach to Building Products: (https://swagger.io/resources/articles/adopting-an-api-first-approach/) 07:44 Designing for Truth Validation: Case of Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536)  17:57 Who will win in a fistfight, UX Designer, or Product Designer? 31:27 Design inspired by Just In Case minimalism rule 42:24 Book review: The Obstacle is the Way  47:43 Messenger and Whatsapp Integration 53:08 Mmhmm app is the way Products and services: mmhmm: https://www.mmhmm.app/about Books: The Obstacle is the Way: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1781251495/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_4dddFbQXA0QR1 Design by 3 Hosts Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/
1:00:55
July 14, 2020
Learning Design: Secrets Revealed!
Psst, Wanna learn design without breaking the bank? The blabbermouth Ganji finally lets the cat out of the bag. Meanwhile, despite a few hiccups in performance, always pick Mural over Miro ANYDAY!!! P.S. In this episode, we talk about design. 00:10 Product of the Week 11:36 Battle of the week: Miro vs Mural (https://miro.com | https://mural.co) 14:40 Stop selling 'What', sell the 'Why'! (https://simonsinek.com/product/start-with-why/) 19:19 Why should you listen to this podcast? 21:08 We are Apple fanboys! 23:45 How designers avoid habituation 34:45 Bye-bye developers, Honeycode is here! (https://www.honeycode.aws | https://tilda.cc) 40:15 Learn design without hurting your bank account 49:04 Summer vacation plans 59:00 We might end the podcast with this episode Products and services: Readaway: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/readaway/id1434754905 Facebook mentorship: https://www.facebook.com/help/380533659173752?helpref=popular_topics LinkedIn found to be Snooping on your clipboards: https://gizmodo.com/linkedin-and-reddit-are-the-latest-apps-found-to-be-sno-1844268155 Honeycode: https://www.honeycode.aws Tilda Publishing: https://tilda.cc Online courses: Product Design: The Delft Design Approach: https://www.edx.org/course/product-design-the-delft-design-approach Books: Start with Why: https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447  Creative Confidence: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Confidence-Unleashing-Potential-Within/dp/038534936X  Made to Stick: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400064287/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_QYxaFb9CX45FF Vision in Design: https://www.amazon.com/dp/9063692056/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_3WxaFbYDEBKD3 YouTube channels: AJ&Smart: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeB_OpLspKJGiKv1CYkWFFw  The Futur: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-b3c7kxa5vU-bnmaROgvog  Product School San Francisco: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6hlQ0x6kPbAGjYkoz53cvA
59:40
July 5, 2020
Forget data, use the gut feeling! (not a click-bait)
In the sea of data, what is the role of gut feeling in making decisions? Is Apple really innovating or just following the leads of Google? What has DesignOps got to do with organizational culture? In this episode, we ramble on many thought-provoking questions and controversial topics that will surely bore you to death. 00:33 Reflections on Apple WWDC 2020 12:16 Jason Fried's hey.com 18:26 Why you should base your decisions on gut feeling 25:52 How to learn design without hurting your bank account 28:40 Biomimicry: Design inspirations from nature 32:00 Skeuomorphism and Neumorphism 34:50 Confession on winning an OpenIDEO Challenge 40:05 Design Ops and Spotify's culture 46:16 Airbnb's inclusive design 52:08 Taking design for granted Apple WWDC 2020 Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4An0ndagZsQ New email app in town: https://hey.com/ A basic online course on Industrial Design: https://www.edx.org/course/product-design-the-delft-design-approach Biomimicry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomimetics Japanese bullet train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMtXqTmfta0 Material design: https://material.io/design/ Neumorphism: https://dribbble.com/tags/neumorphism OpenIDEO New Life Challenge: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/new-life/top-ideas Life at Spotify: https://www.instagram.com/spotifyjobs/ Airbnb's stance against discrimination: https://www.airbnb.com/against-discrimination Happy Birthday song by Kevin Lax (Creative Commons Attribution) --- Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ganjilive/TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@ganjiliveTwitter:https://twitter.com/ganji_09Medium: https://medium.com/@gayanjith Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harshadewaTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@harshadewalkTwitter: https://twitter.com/harshadewaMedium: https://medium.com/@harshadewaYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HarshadewaAriyasinghe Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sirstinkysocks/TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sirstinkysocksTwitter: https://twitter.com/yasiththebaMedium: https://medium.com/@YasithYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnezQGxnUrxbVCwNYKJEVXg/
1:02:40
June 28, 2020
Hips don't lie, Bats don't die!
A big shout out to IDEO! We respect you! Black Lives Matter! In this episode, we go from bats to hips to Henrik Kniberg's MVP. We also give you a sneak peek at how companies run remote user testing during the pandemic. 00:27 NDI Camera wins the best product of the week 06:35 Hats off to IDEO - BLM! 13:27 'Tiktoking' is a word 15:25 How to do remote user testing right 21:50 Henrik Kniberg's abused MVP 29:09 Swedish Midsummer and Post Pandemic Life 34:00 Why Bats don't die from Corona Virus? 35:48 Hips don't lie, Bats don't die! 38:30 Outro  NDI Camera: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ndi-hx-camera/id1477266080 Mobbin: https://mobbin.design/ Figma: https://www.figma.com/ Mural: https://www.mural.co/ Bats don't die: https://theconversation.com/why-bats-dont-get-sick-from-the-viruses-they-carry-but-humans-can-137151 Hips don't lie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUT5rEU6pqM --- Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji)  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ganjilive/ TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@ganjilive Twitter:https://twitter.com/ganji_09 Medium: https://medium.com/@gayanjith Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha)  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harshadewa TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@harshadewalk Twitter: https://twitter.com/harshadewa Medium: https://medium.com/@harshadewa Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HarshadewaAriyasinghe Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sirstinkysocks/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sirstinkysocks Twitter: https://twitter.com/yasiththeba Medium: https://medium.com/@Yasith Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnezQGxnUrxbVCwNYKJEVXg/
38:55
June 20, 2020
Why Ryan Holiday should sue us
Ryan Holiday vs Jake Knapp? In this episode, we are at war! While battling it out, we found some time to brain dump about pair design, getting feedback, and most importantly, cooking. --- 00:25 Pair Design changes everything 06:35 Ryan Holiday is Passionate 16:18 Jake Knapp is an Introvert 21:03 How Music Design evolved 30:35 Don't watch News 33:30 Black Music Matters 37:28 Ganji's Cooking, Figma and Mural 47:04 Feedback and Radical Candor 52:08 Product of the Week --- Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ganjilive/ TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@ganjilive Twitter:https://twitter.com/ganji_09 Medium: https://medium.com/@gayanjith Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harshadewa TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@harshadewalk Twitter: https://twitter.com/harshadewa Medium: https://medium.com/@harshadewa Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HarshadewaAriyasinghe Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sirstinkysocks/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sirstinkysocks Twitter: https://twitter.com/yasiththeba Medium: https://medium.com/@Yasith Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnezQGxnUrxbVCwNYKJEVXg/
58:58
June 9, 2020
Did NASA learn by failing off the sky
In this maiden voyage, the Db3 team rambles on everything from Design Sprints, Product Design, TikTok, Nasa, Project Management vs Business Analysis, Beatboxing, Mural, and Figma. --- 00:30 WFH is the best thing ever! 05:18 Massive Design Sprint Meetups! 07:00 Design Sprints and Design Processes 17:05 Did NASA learn from failure? 24:37 Failing at interviews 26:27 How to increase reach in Medium 30:55 The most boring podcast ever 32:10 Let us know that you survived this for half an hour (https://www.instagram.com/sirstinkysocks/) 40:01 Post-Microsoft acquisition LinkedIn, COVID-19 era Instagram and Youtube 43:02 3 reasons why no one should be a PM (https://youtu.be/6QgaXr_VHJo) 46:28 How to close a podcast (send your suggestions: https://www.instagram.com/harshadewa) 49:14 Ganji beatboxing and Harsha's hit songs (Ganji: www.tiktok.com/@ganjilive Harsha: https://youtu.be/Smy-RET03vM and https://youtu.be/zqgX2BLp7-Y) 52:11 Podcast genre and the best noise for dishwashing 55:48 Figma beta and Mural beta --- Gayanjith Premalal (Ganji) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayanjithpremalal/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ganjilive/ TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@ganjilive Twitter:https://twitter.com/ganji_09 Medium: https://medium.com/@gayanjith Harshadewa Ariyasinghe (Harsha) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshadewa/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harshadewa TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@harshadewalk Twitter: https://twitter.com/harshadewa Medium: https://medium.com/@harshadewa Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HarshadewaAriyasinghe Yasith Abeynayaka (sirStinkySocks) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasithabeynayaka/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sirstinkysocks/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sirstinkysocks Twitter: https://twitter.com/yasiththeba Medium: https://medium.com/@Yasith Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnezQGxnUrxbVCwNYKJEVXg/
1:02:16
June 4, 2020