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Remote Research – Anna Lee Anda on The Product Experience


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For most of us, the way that we conduct user research has been different during a year of lockdowns.  Not so much for Anna Lee Anda, UX Research Manager at Zendesk — as someone with a global customer base, she’s been working with these techniques for ages. She joined us on the podcast to talk about setting up your space for conducting remote research, a deep dive into note-taking, and much, much more.

In this episode, listen to learn about:

  • UX Research
  • Remote research
  • Recruiting across regions

Mixpanel, this episode’s sponsor, is offering The Product Experience listeners $5,000 off their product analytics solution. You can visit and enter code MTP5K to claim your offer.

Quote of the Episode

In research, you want to have a good amount of interviews involved so that you have enough information to make decisions in confidence early on. Our job is to emphasise it and make it easy to digest or easy to enact. However, we don’t cut out or bias it — or we try not to — in any way. 

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