Progression Podcast

Progression Podcast

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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.


#17 Kara DeFrias on changing careers, curing cancer and being a sponsor
Dec 6 • 43 min
I loved chatting to Kara back in August, excited to finally get this episode out to your ears! Kara started her career as an instructional designer, eventually working her way to leading user experience design through experience at (amongst others)…
#16 Dave Malouf on Design Ops and the power of speaking on stage
Nov 8 • 39 min
Dave Malouf is a veteran design leader, strategist, facilitator, researcher, and educator who has worked with some of the largest and fastest growing organizations globally. He’s probably best known for his work around Design Ops, that slightly nebulous…
#15: Inside Progression with Jonny and Neil – teamwork, a new feature and biscuit reviews
Sep 6 • 38 min
Hey friends! It’s been a while… We’re having a mini-break from regular episodes for the summer, but to celebrate Neil officially joining the team (about 4 months ago) as a cofounder, we decided to chat about working together and finding each other, our…
#14: Todd Zaki Warfel (Leadership coach, Design Career Index report) on frameworks and job satisfaction
Jul 9 • 77 min
Todd is a Design leader, leadership coach and lifelong learner. He recently released findings from a survey of over 800 design teams globally, with a focus on career growth and team health. We dive into his findings- getting through everything from hiring…
#13: Sana Rao (Twitter, Deliveroo) on life changes, sponsorship and scaling design teams through change
Jun 13 • 79 min
Sana Rao was born in India, educated at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and spent 4 years at Twitter designing a bunch of the mobile experience we use today. She’s now Interim Head of Experience at Deliveroo, working out how to support the designers,…
#12: Peter Merholz (Adaptive Path, Org Design for Design Orgs) on org design and ethics
May 28 • 74 min
In this twelfth episode of the Progression Podcast I’m chatting to Peter Merholz, co-founder of Adaptive Path, long time speaker and blogger on design scaling and co-author of Org Design for Design Orgs (2016). We get into the weeds on his back story,…
#11: Braden Kowitz (Google Ventures, Range) on co-creating the Design Sprint, becoming a founder and his design journey
May 7 • 38 min
In this episode I’m talking to Braden Kowitz, an SF based designer and founder. Braden’s work has been hugely impactful on how we design today through his work on the Sprint book at Google Ventures. But his journey has also been an interesting one,…
#10: Jasmine Friedl (Intercom) on having a deliberate career and overcoming challenges
Apr 24 • 36 min
Jasmine Friedl is now Director of Design at Intercom in San Francisco, but has had an interesting, varied career, learning her trade at Facebook before some time at Udacity amongst others. We talked about deliberately choosing a career that’s right for…
#9: Kevin Goldsmith on the Spotify model and rolling out progression at scale
Apr 2 • 67 min
Back in January I chatted to Kevin Goldsmith, a very experienced technical leader with background at companies including Microsoft, Adobe, Spotify and more. He was at Spotify when they evolved their org, witnessing and helping to shape the ‘Spotify model’…
#8: Mills (ustwo) on having to change to stay the same
Feb 26 • 55 min
Mills is kind of a legend of the London product and agency scene and co-founder and cultural hub of ustwo, the company behind (amongst others) the multi-award-winning game Monument Valley. Ustwo are now huge, with offices in several countries around the…
#7: Designing your design career, with Jonny and Austin
Jan 29 • 38 min
First podcast of the year! Took long enough… Jonny and Austin chat about their upcoming workshop – a collaboration with General Assembly – for designers of all stripes to introspect about their design careers and set better goals. Our first workshop is on…
#6: Jason Mesut on Online Mistakes and Designer Shapes
Dec 5, 2018 • 44 min
This week I’m on the pod with Jason Mesut, designer and mapper of design skills. We get into both his work over the last decade in mapping the shapes of designer across multiple companies, balancing family and being a designer, and being vulnerable online…
#5: Lauren Currie and Bud Caddell on making work fair
Nov 14, 2018 • 53 min
This week I chatted to Lauren Currie OBE, a service designer, blogger, passionate advocate of social issues, and managing director of NOBL here in the UK, as well as Bud Caddell, the founder of the California based organisational design consultancy. We…
#4: Jonny and Austin chitchat
Oct 15, 2018 • 43 min
Alongside talking to leaders in design and careers, I’ll be spending some episodes coming back to fine people like Austin Keeble to talk through ongoing progress of our projects and challenges that we see in the broader design industry with regards to…
#3: Jen Dary on Becoming a Manager and Taking a Break
Oct 10, 2018 • 39 min
This episode, I’m chatting to Jen Dary, a leadership coach, workshop organiser, writer and card-maker from California. Jen runs Plucky, a company focused on helping companies and their people create happier workplaces. We like that! We talk about the…
#2: Andy Budd on Ownership and UX titles
Oct 1, 2018 • 62 min
I take this episode to chat to Andy Budd, founder of design agency Clearleft, outspoken social media presence and organiser of several design conferences here in the UK. We talk about issues with designer titles, building an ownership mindset for your own…
Episode 1: Minimum Viable Podcast
Sep 4, 2018 • 54 min
In the first ever episode, I’m joined by fantastic designer and design educator Austin Keeble, for discussion on design progression, levelling and expectations at work. Among other things I ask Austin for feedback on the work in progress intro to my…