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Solving Engineering Problems with DuckDuckGo’s Cate Huston

Cate Huston shares what she’s learned leading engineering teams at DuckDuckGo, Automattic, and Google. We talk about the challenges of hiring directors, what makes DuckDuckGo weird, supporting team happiness vs. team effectiveness, the quagmire of trying to measure team velocity, and the tradeoffs inherent in cross-platform app development.

Ep 4

Jan 20, 2023 • 39 minutes

Effectively Leading Technical Teams, with Khan Academy’s Shawn Jansepar

Shawn Jansepar, Director of Engineering at Khan Academy, shares what he’s learned about keeping product teams engaged, effective engineering practices and how to teach them, and building trust.

Ep 3

Dec 28, 2022 • 41 minutes

Lessons Learned Building Alexa, with Product Manager Polly Allen

Polly Allen, former Principal Product Manager on Amazon Alexa, shares what she’s learned about the challenging world of building products for voice and AI, as well the roles of data-driven decision-making and computing science education in product leadership.

Ep 2

Dec 07, 2022 • 43 minutes

How Not to Ship Your Org Chart, with veteran product designer Brad Ellis

Brad Ellis pulls from his experience designing for Square, Lyft, and many other products to share what he’s learned about the incredible value of user testing, scaling product design across a large org, and how to make great experiences instead of shipping your org chart.

Ep 1

Nov 16, 2022 • 58 minutes