The Optimal Path Podcast
The Optimal Path is a new podcast about product decision-making, brought to you by the team at Maze. Join us for expert conversations with product people at Webflow, Github, and more. Every episode uncovers the stories, ideas, and approaches that drive success—and the optimal path for product decisions.
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Episode 01 | 17 January 2022 | 37 min
David Hoang, Director of Product Design at Webflow, talks to Maze about Webflow’s design process, why perfection is overrated, and why design is not ‘magic.’
Product design leaders and experts share the experiences and learnings that shaped their path to success.
The why and how of accessible design with Samuel Proulx | Fable
Episode 10 | 18 May 2022 | 31 min
Samuel Proulx, Accessibility Evangelist at Fable, talks to Maze about the importance of accessible design and how to incorporate accessibility into the development process to create better digital experiences.
Building ethical research practices with Melanie Buset | Spotify
Episode 09 | 05 May 2022 | 40 min
Melanie Buset, Senior UX Researcher at Spotify, talks to Maze about the principles behind ethical research and how to scale them across the organization to guide research and decision-making.
A framework for decision-driven research with Roberta Dombrowski | User Interviews
Episode 08 | 21 April 2022 | 30 min
Roberta Dombrowski, VP of User Research at User Interviews, talks to Maze about her framework for decision-driven research and how to enable the organization to make confident, informed decisions.
Building organizations that learn with Behzod Sirjani | Yet Another Studio
Episode 07 | 07 April 2022 | 35 min
Behzod Sirjani, founder of Yet Another Studio and former research lead at Slack and Facebook, talks to Maze about how to democratize research effectively and responsibly and how to build organizations that learn and make better decisions.
The dimensions of product decision-making with Andy Budd | Design leader & Coach
Episode 06 | 24 March 2022 | 37 min
Andy Budd, design leader, start-up advisor & coach, talks to Maze about the dimensions of product decision-making—the power dynamics at play, how to prioritize features in a democratic way, and how to grow the influence of design in the organization.
Meet the host
Ash Oliver is a UX Designer and the first Design Advocate at Maze. Ash assists product teams in uncovering the power of design and continuous research. His business background blends design thinking to solve problems with and for product users. Ash shares a deep love for lifelong learning, books, plants, and house music.