The Path to Performance

Tim Kadlec & Katie Kovalcin

The Path to Performance is a podcast dedicated to fostering a culture around web performance in organizations. We talk to guests who have successfully integrated performance as part of their culture and the benefits they have seen. Hosts Katie and Ti...Show More
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Episode 12 with Marcy Sutton

52:04 | Sep 29th, 2016

On today’s episode we sit down with Marcy Sutton—a senior front end engineer at Deque Systems, where she works on accessibility. We talk about the intersection and differentiations in performance and accessibility. Marcy explains that there’s a huge...Show More
Episode 11 with Steve Souders and Mark Zeman

38:26 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Our guests this week are Steve Souders and Mark Zeman, of SpeedCurve. In this episode, we talk about the importance of focusing on the user experience when improving performance, how design and development can work together, what metrics to monitor, ...Show More
Episode 10 with Tammy Everts

49:29 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Our guest this week is Tammy Everts. Tammy is a Senior Researcher and Evangelist at SOASTA. In this episode, we discuss getting started with performance budgets, why you should focus on article and product page load times instead of homepage load tim...Show More
Episode 09 with Val Head

1:02:01 | Oct 8th, 2015

Why are Apple's product pages so heavy? When is the right time to choose aesthetic wins over performance wins? We explore these questions in today's preshow. We're also joined this week by web animation expert Val Head. We're taking a deep dive into ...Show More
Episode 08 with Sophie Shepherd of Ushahidi

55:25 | Aug 17th, 2015

This week, we have a brief discussion about how third party ad networks affect performance on news sites before talking with Sophie Shepherd. Sophie is a Senior Designer at Ushahidi, a non-profit software company that develops free and open-source pr...Show More
Episode 07 with Brenna Heaps of GitHub

38:11 | Jul 14th, 2015

Our guest this week is Brenna Heaps. Brenna currently works at GitHub, but previously was a project manager at Happy Cog. She managed several projects that Katie was a part of, so we asked her to join us on the show today to share her tips and advice...Show More
Episode 06 with Matt Shull of Aristotle Interactive

50:41 | Jun 19th, 2015

Our guest this week is Matt Shull. Matt works at Aristotle Interactive where he manages projects and helps shape performance best practices. He also teaches others about web design/development through Thinkful in his spare time. In this episode, we ...Show More
Episode 05 with Brian Greene and John Hoyt of Nationwide Insurance

40:12 | Jun 4th, 2015

This week we talk with Brian Greene and John Hoyt, both both members of the user experience team at Nationwide Insurance. We discuss the challenges of working with such a big team, how they promote performance across departments, managing user expec...Show More
Episode 04 with Jeff Veen

43:15 | May 19th, 2015

In this episode, we're joined by special guest, Jeff Veen. Jeff shares what he's learned about the importance of design and performance, we talk about why slow page load speeds are a big problem for content providers, what Facebook is trying to accom...Show More
Episode 03 with Jeff Lembeck

1:04:29 | May 5th, 2015

This week, Katie and Tim talk to Jeff Lembeck of the Filament Group about how they conduct performance analysis, how they sell performance, why everyone needs a "Jank Tank", and the importance of perceived performance.
Episode 02 with Mark Dorison

54:07 | Apr 22nd, 2015

This week, Tim talks about performance budgets, and shares how he sets up a performance budget for the sites he works on. We also speak with Mark Dorison of Chromatic about how he focuses on performance at a technical level, how to talk performance w...Show More
Episode 01 with Lara Hogan

39:21 | Apr 7th, 2015

Etsy has been the model for cultivating a culture of performance within your organization for many years. In our first episode, we talk to Lara Hogan to find out what they do to ensure performance remains upfront and center.