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Tentative is a podcast about digital product design. Hosted by thoughtbot's Chief Design Officer Kyle Fiedler & Boston Design Director Jaclyn Perrone.

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Tentative is a podcast about digital product design. Hosted by thoughtbot's Chief Design Officer Kyle Fiedler & Boston Design Director Jaclyn Perrone.

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The waffle-fries of podcasts

By Thom O. - Apr 16 2019
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Tentative is the waffle-fries of podcasts.

Nope

By Dr. Berner - Nov 18 2015
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No substance here. Other podcasts by thoughtbot are great, though.

iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
Average Ratings
8
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0
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1

The waffle-fries of podcasts

By Thom O. - Apr 16 2019
Read more
Tentative is the waffle-fries of podcasts.

Nope

By Dr. Berner - Nov 18 2015
Read more
No substance here. Other podcasts by thoughtbot are great, though.
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Tentative

Latest release on Oct 23, 2020

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Rank #1: 62: Down With Portfolios

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Jaclyn & Kyle discuss the value of in-person meetings, the philosophy of Trello backgrounds, nostalgia for antiquated recording mediums, refining thoughtbot's designer hiring process, and design implementation.

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Dec 13 2018

31mins

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Rank #2: 73: 11:15 is a Time, Too

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Jaclyn puts together a role-playing workshop for consulting your way through difficult conversations, and building empathy for the other parties. Kyle discusses conducting team 1<>1's all on one day vs spreading them throughout the week. Plus, some techniques for dealing with context switching, blocking off time, and calendar hacks.

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Jul 17 2019

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Rank #3: 78: Everyone Can Draw (Skipper Chong Warson)

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Skipper Chong Warson, Design Director of thoughtbot San Francisco, joins Kyle to discuss the psychology of podcast recording, overcoming awkwardness in communication & public speaking, and avoiding proxies when engaging with clients.

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Oct 25 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: 75: Make It Pretty

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Kyle has fun with a hiring-promo read, while Jaclyn dislikes the polling system in Slack. Also, presenting visual design to clients for feedback, frameworks for critique, and fostering creativity through constraints.

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Aug 14 2019

24mins

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Rank #5: 65: No Tangents Friday

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Jaclyn and Kyle discuss remote interview methodology, skillset tracking, Design Sprint 101™️, and Kyle's skills as a Beer Ninja.

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Feb 07 2019

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Rank #6: 68: iPod + a Case of Beer

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Jaclyn goes on a ski trip, Kyle eats cake on the microphone (sorry). Also, de-stressing techniques, Austin weather (surprise), daylight savings time, the UI of car clocks, making the most of small gaps in your schedule, enriching collaboration with developers, clarifying the title of "designer", and iterating on podcast recording. Plus, the introduction of a new segment "good, bad, and ugly".

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Mar 28 2019

35mins

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Rank #7: 64: I Know, That You Know, That I Know What a Progress Bar Is

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Jaclyn & Kyle wish you a (very belated) Happy New Year, and discuss the shortcomings of video-chat during interviews, using GitHub as a project management tool for company policy, the weirdnesses of user-interviews, and de-jargoning the term "prototype".

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Jan 24 2019

33mins

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Rank #8: 61: Zebras Drinking Mint Juleps

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Jaclyn & Kyle chat about the new thoughtbot Austin office, designing for Android, feelings on maintaining Sketch file tidiness, trying to make tabular data exciting to present, and commiserate over call-center software workflows.

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Nov 29 2018

33mins

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Rank #9: 67: In This Kitchen, We Iterate

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Jaclyn hosts a cooking show while Kyle does what his calendar tells him to. Also, being excited by invalidating ideas, devoting more time to synthesizing, taking TL;DR level sprint-notes, how switch interviews can influence your design sprint, and end of week recuperation strategies.

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Mar 14 2019

28mins

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Rank #10: 69: Stand in Your Emotion

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Kyle deals with a "dentist situation" and writes a blog post, while both he & Jaclyn return to IC design work. Also, manager training, partnering with an offshore development team while on a tight deadline, and the "good problems" of a large design sprint.

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Apr 18 2019

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Rank #11: 77: A Hop of Faith (Keiran King & Tyson Gach)

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Live from New York, it's Keiran King & Tyson Gach! They join Kyle to discuss designing apples, comparing and contrasting jobs-to-be-done to other frameworks, and defining 'customer success'.

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Oct 04 2019

31mins

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Rank #12: 72: Good Crafternoon

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Jaclyn designs wristbands for a 5k, fiddles around with CSS Grid, and kicks off a new project. Meanwhile, Kyle attends many serious meetings. We discuss up-front user-research, timeline interviews, and pacing interviews for sustainability.

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Jun 20 2019

22mins

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Rank #13: 74: Commute to the Basement

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While Jaclyn gives interview tips (both user and hiring), Kyle does his best Michael Keaton impression. Also, active listening, pizza facts, trying to keep a work / home balance when working remotely, and interview horror stories.

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Jul 31 2019

25mins

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Rank #14: 70: Down the Doughnut Hole

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Jaclyn is frustrated with calendars, and Kyle continues work on the thoughtbot.com redesign. Also skills evaluations, and lots of interviews.

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May 08 2019

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Rank #15: 71: Get Back Up Again

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This week Kyle follows his calendar, while Jaclyn wraps up a research project and celebrates a fruitful sales-call, and we discuss trying to focus on positive reinforcement, the importance of being able to communicate your design work, and 'clicking' with the sales process.

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Jun 06 2019

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Rank #16: 63: Solutionland™️

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Jaclyn sells some art, kicks off a giant design sprint, and prepares a presentation on how to co-facilitate a design sprint. Kyle deals with new-office echoes & internet woes. We share the projects that we worked on for this year's Ralphapalooza; plus, reactions on designing for React Native.

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Jan 09 2019

29mins

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Rank #17: 66: Drink Punctuations

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Jaclyn starts a new Meetup and wonders about ice-breaking activities & community building. Kyle tries his hand at video editing after filming a skill interview, and starts work planning a thoughtbot.com redesign. Also, stress around social media email / notifications and why we should design them more humanely.

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Feb 28 2019

28mins

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Rank #18: 76: I Can Wait!

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Jaclyn is taking a break for a little bit and Kyle sets a course for happiness. We talk about embracing change as an opportunity to define yourself, and having a similar mindset to build good habits between projects. Also, experimenting with and evolving process, and reflecting on the importance of collaboration.

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Sep 20 2019

32mins

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Rank #19: 87: An Homage to Mean Girls

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Kyle gets stressed out by grocery shopping, and prepares for a workshop. Jaclyn finishes a draft on a case study and benefits from the value of time-boxing. Also, tricking Zoom, staying productive, the importance of routine, and little things to break up your days.

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Apr 24 2020

37mins

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Rank #20: 86: Just a Square on a Screen

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As thoughtbot transitions to working remotely, we discuss the tools and tips we use when conducting remote design sprints.

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Mar 27 2020

30mins

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