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64 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Introspecting Personal Habits for Remote or Work from Home
Covid-19 has become a forcing function for most people to work from home. It accelerated the trend in working from home, remote teams, and distributed teams. Most people are talking about logistics such as monitors, internet, desks, and so on. But most people don't see it as a habit change. With any new habit, it takes time to get used to the new habit of working from home. The podcast is a conversation between Chris and Bimal. Chris Sprague, CEO of Leapfrog Technology Inc, has been working from home for the past eight years. Bimal Maharjan, Principal for Product and Machine Learning at Leapfrog, has been working for the past four years. They talk about the good habits and the bad habits, challenges and advantages, the emotional, physical, and mental impact of working from home for different types of personalities at different stages of life with different roles, They open up their personal vulnerabilities and experiences of learning to work from home and becoming productive.They share their habits, emotions, and suggestions to work from home. Listen if you are struggling to build habits and finding it challenging to articulate changes in your life, and how you can learn from their experience to build successful personal habits to work from home and remote.
47 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Epic: Digital Transformation in the Healthcare Industry
Our digital transformation series takes us to the healthcare industry this episode as we explore the mega corporation, Epic. We navigate the pros and cons of Epic and their competitors in the quest to have usable and interoperable healthcare systems. How do you move to cloud based storage? How do you properly test technology solutions in a hospital setting? Why do doctors and medical professionals seem to be averse to these systems? We address these questions and more as they pertain to the healthcare industry. Throughout our digital transformation series, we will uncover how companies change their products and processes in order improve their core product, customer experience, and more.To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
40 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Duolingo: A Case for AI Testing Models, Democratic Language Knowledge, and Accessible Learning
Continuing in our digital transformation series, we learn about how Duolingo changed the language education sector through a simple app. Duolingo hinges on its accessibility to many users and we explore how Luis Ahn, CEO of Duolingo and creator of captcha, makes this strong case for democratizing how we access information, and we explore how this impacted the growth of his product. Throughout our digital transformation series, we will uncover how companies change their products and processes in order improve their core product, customer experience, and more.To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
42 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
The Digital Transformation of Domino's Pizza
In the first episode of our new digital transformation series, we will investigate how Domino's pizza turned themselves into a full-fledged technology company. You may think of Domino's Pizza as just your average delivery joint, but they played a huge role in how food delivery broke into the tech scene during the rise of smartphone applications. Throughout our digital transformation series, we will uncover how companies change their products and processes in order improve their core product, customer experience, and more. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
59 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Be The Greatest Product Manager Ever: Product Management Tips for the Consulting World with Lewis C. Lin
Lin is the best selling author of Decode and Conquer, one of the best books to prepare for product management interviews. He has years of experience leading teams at Google and Microsoft, and is currently the CEO of two companies, Impact Interview and People Maven.We hear a lot about how to survive and thrive as a product manager in big companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. However, we know that there are great product managers out there in the consulting and agency world. So, we want to uncover the frameworks, tactics, and traits for product managers to succeed in the consulting and agency setting. In order to do so, we hosted Lewis C. Lin for a conversation on product management based on his most recent book, Be the Greatest Product Manager Ever. We tackled questions like, How does PMing shift in the consulting space? What does success look like for PMs when they have to worry about the needs of not only their team but also a client? Lin helps us to understand the differences by discussing each section of his ESTEEM framework from the lens of a software development consulting firm. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
31 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
How to properly use POCs, MVPs, and prototypes
In product development, sometimes we need to pull out Proof of Concepts (POC), Minimum Viable Products (MVP), and prototypes from our toolkit. These terms are often misunderstood, or misused. We discuss what each of these tools are, when we need to use them, and how they can benefit our processes. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
40 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Defining and Contrasting B2B vs. B2C Products
At Leapfrog, we work with many types of companies and products. Some of these feature Business to Business (B2B) models, and some use a Business to Consumer (B2C) model. We unpack questions such as, what are these two models? How do they differ? What are the different risks associated with each? Join us for another session where we unpack these models within our own engagements as well as examples within big tech companies.To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
30 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
How do we navigate the differences between buyers vs. users?
We unpack the differences between buyers and users in the product management space. Often, these groups can be confused, and sometimes they can even be the same! We discuss pressing questions like, who are these two groups of people? What information can they offer us? How do we navigate their differences?To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
28 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
What Can Product Managers Learn from Stand-up Comics?
Product Management and stand-up comedy may seem like entirely different art forms, but in fact, the parallels in the iteration and user validation process are quite similar. We explore the path comedians take to honing a new routine, and compare that process to the life cycle of a new product. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
50 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
How do we successfully build new product features?
Once we have our product, it can be challenging to know when and how to launch new product features. We discuss what makes a successful feature, how to prioritize upcoming features, all while keeping our end user in the forefront of our minds. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
41 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
How to Run a User Test
Why do we conduct user tests? How do they help solve our end users' problems? We discuss what an effective user test looks like. This includes why user tests benefit a product, and what are the basic do's and don'ts about running the tests. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
34 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Are you going to make a profit from one particular user? This question centers our discussion about unit economics. We unpack how to scale a product around this one metric, and how to keep it at the forefront of metric discussions. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
51 minutes | Sep 20, 2019
Metrics and Analytics: Why, How, and When to Apply Them to Your Company
Metrics and analytics are the best way to ensure that you are building off of facts instead of just assumptions. We dive into the nitty gritty of how to start using them, why and how they work, and how to rally your team around your new data and use your findings to create effective change. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
52 minutes | Sep 20, 2019
Product Roadmaps: How do we effectively make use of this tool?
Product Roadmaps: some people love them, some people find them useless. Why are people so divided on this tool? How can we effectively use them to benefit our company? In what instances do they work well, and when do they fail us? How do we write a good product roadmap? We tackle all this and more in today's episode. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
50 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
Product Management Tools
Starting with a mental framework, what tools do we need aid our daily work flow as Product Managers? The process can be broken down into 3 layers: the market, the users, and the tactical product. Being a good product manager means assessing not only the right methodology, but the right tools to help us at each stage of the process. Listen to learn about different tools and the underlying goals that each will accomplish. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
60 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
Best Frameworks and Methodologies for Product Management
There is a lot of jargon floating around in the tech world such as lean, agile, design thinking, scrum, and kanban. It can feel really overwhelming to determine which is the right fit for your company, product, or clients. We discuss what each of these frameworks are, and give examples of how to choose a methodology. We also look into what types of projects, products, and people fit different methodologies. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
40 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
Step 7: Network Effect
Once your product has an established product market fit, we delve deeper into different types of network effects and which ones work for different kinds of markets. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
33 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
Step 6: Product Growth
We pick up where we left off and further unpack how to grow our product once we establish our product market fit. Growing our market depends on a few variables including user engagement, word of mouth, and creative marketing. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
36 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Step 5: Product Market Fit
In this episode, we define product market fit, and discuss how to reach this point. We discuss the differences between enterprise and consumer products and how your client relationship will differ between these types of products. This discussion is the next in our series that defines the product development lifecycle. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
36 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Step 4: Mechanics of Building a Product
Once we have established our viable product, we need to know how we get our users onboard. Do we have a solid single user utility? Will this transition down the road into a multiple user utility? What is our hook to convince users to onboard? We discuss these questions in the latest episode on our product development lifecycle series. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.
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