The Optimal Path Podcast
The Optimal Path is a 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 04 | 03 February 2022 | 29 min
Teresa Torres, product discovery coach and author of the book Continuous Discovery Habits, talks to Maze about the principles of continuous discovery, tactics to implement it, and how to make better product decisions with customer feedback.
Product design leaders and experts share the experiences and learnings that shaped their path to success.
Starting and growing a design research practice with Gabriel Valdivia | Patreon
EPISODE 20 | 24 November 2022 | 38 MIN
Gabriel Valdivia, Principal Product Designer at Patreon, talks to Maze about starting and growing a research practice within design teams, learning through prototyping, and why product design is about exploration and cross-functional collaboration.
How to collaborate effectively as an async product team with Aiswarya Kolisetty | Alan
EPISODE 19 | 10 November 2022 | 39 MIN
Aiswarya Kolisetty, Senior Product Designer at Alan, talks to Maze about how to achieve effective collaboration between design, research, and product teams in a remote, async environment and how having a fully asyn culture supports decision-making at Alan.
Building teams and cultures for products to thrive with Jasmine Friedl | Dropbox
EPISODE 18 | 27 October 2022 | 25 MIN
Jasmine Friedl, Senior Design Director at Dropbox, talks to Maze about how to build high-performing teams and cultures where people can succeed and achieve the best results for themselves, the business, and the customers.
Unlocking the power of facilitation with Julian Della Mattia | Kiwi.com
EPISODE 17 | 13 October 2022 | 25 MIN
Julian Della Mattia, UX Research Lead at Kiwi.com and Founder of The180 Agency, talks to Maze about how facilitation is a game-changing skill that enables product teams to solve more problems, innovate faster, and make stronger decisions.
Creating a playbook for continuous research with Josh Morales | Miro
EPISODE 16 | 29 September 2022 | 34 MIN
Josh Morales, Staff UX Researcher at Miro, describes the steps for creating and implementing a research playbook and how to use it to build a continuous research practice within 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.