Behzod Sirjani

Verified
  • @behzod
  • Research & Organizational Design. Occasional Angel.
  • He/Him/His
  • Seattle
I currently run Yet Another Studio, where I help people bring rigor to their curiosity and help organ...  
Read more
Positions

Founder

  • Yet Another Studio
  • May 2020 - Present

Program Partner

  • Reforge
  • May 2020 - Present

Advisor

  • Maze
  • Jul 2020 - Present

Head of Operations for Research & Analytics

  • Slack
  • Aug 2017 - May 2020

Senior UX Researcher

  • Facebook
  • Oct 2013 - Aug 2017
View more
View less

2021

Nov 09, 2021
Nov 09, 2021
Shared a Research Report
Over the past year, I’ve partnered with Nicole Zeng & the team at Balsa on “The Shape of Building” - a report on what it’s like to build software today.

This work is meant to be illustrative more than definitive and an invitation for you to share your own experiences. What you see here draws on 50+ interviews, a 300-person survey, and many of our own experiences.

You can find the full report here.
Nov 02, 2021
Nov 02, 2021
Launched the Maze Question Bank
One of the things that I deeply believe is that all research has a cost — to you, your participants, your team, and your organization — and you want to do research that is worth the cost for all parties.

In that vein, the team at Maze recognized how much time is spent (and often wasted) rewriting and recreating the same research instruments in different organizations. This Question Bank is our attempt to provide a resource to the community that helps you spend more of your time on areas where you provide unique value and less time rebuilding things that already exist.

You can find it on Product Hunt.
Oct 07, 2021
Oct 07, 2021
Wrote an essay
Jennifer Li invited me to provide feedback on her excellent essay "The Research Mentality." 

In it, she defines this perspective as well as the importance of it to companies of all sizes: 

A research mentality is the practice of looking beyond your own lived experience to critically engage with someone else’s. It is a way of approaching a task to understand user behavior, needs, and motivations; build empathy; and make observations. While that may sound simple, most of the time businesses engage with users with an explicit goal — to make a sale, increase engagement, or troubleshoot a stated problem — that often prevents them from understanding the user’s deeper needs and behavior.
Jul 31, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Wrote an essay
The first year of Yet Another Studio was humbling, terrifying, and absolutely incredible in so many ways.

I took some time to reflect and write about where things started, where I'm at today, and where I'm hoping to go.

In addition to my own work, I wrote about some lessons I learned:
- Starting Warm
- Me-As-A-Service
- Playing vs Playbooks (borrowed from one of the core values at Balsa)
- Saying No

Perhaps the most exciting (and scary) part for me is sharing my dream for year two and beyond: Building out an alphabet of Yet Another ___.

Read the full post: https://behzod.com/blog/yet-another-year-in-review-year-01
Jul 27, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Launched the MAEKAN x DSPTCH "Done Slow, Done Right" Tote Bag
Over the last 9 months, I got the chance to play a very small part in bringing both a product and a story to life with some people I like and respect.

Most people who know me, know I love bags and technical materials, so when Eugene Kan reached out about helping MAEKAN with a collaboration they were doing with DSPTCH, I said yes before he could finish his sentence. The bag was in great shape when I got the prototype, so most of what I added was light field testing and an opportunity to visit the DSPTCH factory to see where the magic happens and take photos.

The result of the partnership between MAEKAN and DPSTCH is the “Done Slow, Done Right” tote - a reflection of the two organizations that made this possible and their goal of making something of quality. It’s quickly become my favorite bag, and I’m excited that it’s finally out in the world.

To learn more about DSPTCH from founder Richard Liu, visit https://mae.kn/dsptch and visit https://dsptch.com to pick up your tote before they sell out.

Jun 23, 2021
Jun 23, 2021
Spoke on Product with Panash
I sat down with the team at Panash to talk about democratizing research and my thoughts on the evolution of our field.

Full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGCrdr7tzws
Loading...
Get your own page like this