Dollars to Donuts
By Steve Portigal
About this podcast
The podcast where we talk with the people who lead user research in their organization.
Episodes (Total: 14 / Page: 1)
May 10, 2016 · 01:06:28
In the final episode of the season I speak with Monal Chokshi, Head of User Experience Research at Lyft. We discuss traditional paths to a user research career, creating routines for meeting different types of users, and the emergence of leadership roles in user research.
April 26, 2016 · 01:17:36
In this episode I speak with Kate Lawrence, Vice President of User Research at EBSCO Information Services. Our conversation covers where to place user research in the organization, emotions in fieldwork, and empowering others to advocate for information literacy.
April 12, 2016 · 01:13:16
This episode features Pree Kolari, the Senior Director of Design Strategy and Research at eBay. We talk about the career arc of a researcher, having impact on the product, and breaking down organizational walls.
March 15, 2016 · 01:17:58
This episode features Gabe Trionfi, the Manager of Research at Pinterest. We discuss the evolution of user research, collaboration between disciplines and the journey versus the destination.
March 1, 2016 · 00:54:06
In this episode I chat with Elizabeth Kell, the Senior Director of User Research at Comcast. We talk about the growth of Comcast's user research practice, essential soft skills for research candidates, and putting a human face on the people that use your products.
Feb. 16, 2016 · 00:58:25
Today I chat with Kavita Appachu, the Senior Manager of User Experience Research at Kelley Blue Book. She describes the different roles she's had in different organizations, moving from design to research, and explains the change effort underway at Kelley Blue Book.
Feb. 2, 2016 · 00:56:03
In today's episode I speak with Aviva Rosenstein, the Senior Manager of User Experience Research at DocuSign. We explore how to make all types of research actionable, the benefit of doing your own recruiting, and the evolution from building a usability lab to having an in-house research capability.
Jan. 19, 2016 · 01:04:33
We kick off the second season with Judd Antin, the Director of Experience Research at Airbnb. Judd and I speak about their model for embedding talented generalists with product teams, skill-sharing among researchers, and just what exactly makes research "sexy."
Feb. 18, 2015 · 00:51:27
Today's guest is Carol Rossi. She's the Senior Director of UX Research at Edmunds.com. In our conversation, we discuss her small-but-mighty team, Edmund.com's collaborative workplace culture, and the personal driver of "doing good."
Feb. 11, 2015 · 00:57:12
Today's guest is Kerry McAleer-Forte, the Director of User Experience Research for Sears Holdings. We discuss how researchers need to think like storytellers, getting at the underlying need behind a research request, and the risk of using research to make recommendations.
Jan. 28, 2015 · 00:58:50
My guest today is Nancy Frishberg, the manager of user research at Financial Engines. We discuss recruiting participants in an enterprise setting (where users are customers of your customers), finding the generative in the evaluative and how to think about collaborative workspace as entirely separate from reporting structure.
Jan. 21, 2015 · 00:50:57
Today’s guest is Frances Karandy, a senior manager within the Customer Experience Group at Citrix. We discuss doing product-focused research in a company with a large number of products, what to look for when hiring researchers, and how to select projects that not only support the business but also help team members to develop.
Jan. 14, 2015 · 00:53:29
Today’s guest is Alex Wright, who is the director of research at Etsy. We discuss the partnership between qualitative and quantitative research at Etsy and how his background in journalism helps him with the storytelling aspects of managing the research function.
Jan. 7, 2015 · 00:50:33
Welcome to the debut episode of Dollars to Donuts. Today's guest is Gregg Bernstein, who manages customer research at MailChimp. We discuss how MailChimp uses research to uncover new product opportunities, how the right research artifacts can best provide value to different internal audiences and how humility is an essential soft skill for successful researchers.