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User Offboarding

In this, the most important episode of The Dirt ever, Mark, Steve and I talk about a term we frankly invented for this show:User Offboarding. We discuss how to let go of your users whether it be through an acquisition, sunsetting a service, or users themselves walking away. We go through the different reasons a service might end and how to do so in a responsible manner. We also talk about what to do with someone's data once they leave your service. Once again... the most important episode we've ever done... listen in.

Direct download: 166-offboarding-final.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

From The Dirt Archive: Maintaining Open Source Projects w/ Jenn Schiffer

On The Dirt today, please welcome Jenn Schiffer of Bocoup. We talk about the details of contributing to and maintaining open source projects, including: setting maintenance expectations; guidelines for being a good contributor; and how to ignite Jenn's ire by nitpicking her build files.

Direct download: 166-schiffer.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

In part 2 of our series on Successful Product Management we have an in-depth conversation with Instapaper CEO, Brian Donohue. Brian takes us through the beginnings of the product and it's transition from Marco Arment's baby to ownership by Betaworks. We talk about the challenges of growing with new and previous users and the importance of onboarding. Wait... where's Tim?

Direct download: 164-donohue.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

Successful Product Management, pt 1: Colin Kennedy of Sonos

This week we kick of a new series on Successful Product Management by sitting down with one of the greats, R. Colin Kennedy of Sonos. Colin takes us through the ins and out of how a product comes to life in the Sonos family. We talk about the inherent differences between physical and digital products, and where they meet in the middle!

Direct download: 163-kennedy.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

Designing Your Career, pt 3: The Long Game with Larry Goldberg

For the third chapter of our "Designing Your Career" series, Larry Goldberg takes us through his long career in accessibility, from nearly 30 years at WGBH to his current role as Director of Accessible Media at Yahoo. Listen in for Larry's take on building a fulfilling career as well as conclusive proof that Steve is the most gullible person you know.

Direct download: 162-goldberg.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

This week on The Dirt, we sat down with the large man of tall tales, Mr. Aaron Draplin himself. Aaron reveals how to transform the passion that feeds your soul into a passion that feeds your... stomach... Brought to you by three designers, one developer, and some magnificent facial hair. In all seriousness, if you hear a crackling noise on the track, that's Aaron's beard.

Direct download: 160-draplin.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

Today on The Dirt: how to actually make a plan for your career and then follow through with it. You know, the way you're supposed to with your projects but never even thought about applying to yourself. Listen as Kate Matsudaira gives up all the secrets to making your own plan and making it work.

Direct download: 161-matsudaira.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Designing for the Future, pt 5: Wearables with Josh Clark and Liza Kindred

This week we sit down with, newly married couple, Josh Clark and Liza Kindred about the future of wearables. We chat about a magic wand Josh made, Liza's WIFI hotspot handbag, and blue sky some idea about what the future looks like without drumpants.

Direct download: 159-josh-liza.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Designing for the Future, pt 4: The Physical Web, with Scott Jenson

On this episode we have the great pleasure of sitting down with Google's Product Lead for the Physical Web, Scott Jenson. We discuss the Internet of Things, how Scott much hates it (the term), and where we think this whole thing is headed.

Direct download: 158-jenson.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

Designing the Future, pt. 3: Accessibility

To close out our series on designing for the future we talk about near-future possibilities and products focused on creating accessible experiences.

Direct download: 157-a11y.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT