Episode Archive

Episode Archive

86 episodes of Tentative since the first episode, which aired on March 19th, 2015.

  • 86: Just a Square on a Screen

    March 27th, 2020  |  30 mins 29 secs

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

  • 85: People Like Vegetables

    March 13th, 2020  |  28 mins 58 secs

    Kyle kicks off a new project, and Jaclyn plans a design sprint workshop. Also, remote camera etiquette, the labels of 'designer' & 'developer', and creating professional bios.

  • 84: Feedback, and Insight, and Learnings, Oh My!

    February 28th, 2020  |  33 mins 43 secs

    Jaclyn shares insights from running a large design-thinking workshop, Kyle discusses the methodology of the new thoughtbot.com redesign, and the highs & lows of the Frosty™.

  • 83: The Future is Beige

    January 31st, 2020  |  23 mins 11 secs

    Jaclyn plans an intimate design sprint exercise for developers as well as a large design-thinking workshop, discusses why you can't just start ideating, and getting a large group to converge on a problem-statement.

  • 82: Fruit by the Foot, Twix by the Yard, Jerky by the Inch

    January 3rd, 2020  |  27 mins 53 secs

    Happy new year! We welcome back Jaclyn, refreshed after her break, and discuss burn-out, task prioritization, MVP-ing your mental load, and setting goals & themes for the new year.

  • 81: Selling Design (Miles Johnson)

    December 6th, 2019  |  28 mins 10 secs

    Miles Johnson, designer at thoughtbot London, joins Kyle to discuss leveling-up sales skills, when to introduce clients to your process, maintaining the focus of development & design as a cohesive unit, and the joy of being a 'generalist'.

  • 80: Sparkle Makes Everything Magical (Elaina Natario)

    November 22nd, 2019  |  30 mins 11 secs

    Elaina Natario enlightens Kyle on all things jazz hands, as well as discusses Storybook, documenting design, working effectively alongside development, and how to use emoji.

  • 79: The User, the Code, and Me (Chris Schnaars)

    November 8th, 2019  |  36 mins 16 secs

    Chris Schnaars joins Kyle to discuss computational design, creative control, design vs art, and the nature of design tooling.

  • 78: Everyone Can Draw (Skipper Chong Warson)

    October 25th, 2019  |  28 mins 59 secs

    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.

  • 77: A Hop of Faith (Keiran King & Tyson Gach)

    October 4th, 2019  |  31 mins 28 secs

    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'.

  • 76: I Can Wait!

    September 20th, 2019  |  32 mins 50 secs

    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.

  • 75: Make It Pretty

    August 14th, 2019  |  24 mins 6 secs

    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.

  • 74: Commute to the Basement

    July 31st, 2019  |  25 mins 23 secs

    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.

  • 73: 11:15 is a Time, Too

    July 17th, 2019  |  27 mins 31 secs

    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.

  • 72: Good Crafternoon

    June 20th, 2019  |  22 mins 55 secs

    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.

  • 71: Get Back Up Again

    June 6th, 2019  |  16 mins 27 secs

    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.