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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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Featured Episode

David Hoang

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.’

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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 | | 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.

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Building ethical research practices with Melanie Buset | Spotify

Episode 09 | | 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.

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A framework for decision-driven research with Roberta Dombrowski | User Interviews

Episode 08 | | 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.

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Building organizations that learn with Behzod Sirjani | Yet Another Studio

Episode 07 | | 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.

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The dimensions of product decision-making with Andy Budd | Design leader & Coach

Episode 06 | | 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.

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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.

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The Optimal Path brings together people at the forefront of product