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Founded in 2015, Boston Women in Product is a community that empowers women to be influencers in their role, inspiring them to make a difference and grow in their career. Their mission is to inspire, equip and help advance women in product by encouraging career leadership, development, support, mentoring, and building relationships with like-minded women.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with three key members of this group to talk about what Boston Women in Product is doing to support women in product leadership roles.

Direct download: Boston_Women_in_Product_-_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

This week we sat down with Dan Williams, Executive Director of Innovation at DentaQuest. A little over nine months ago, Dan was brought into what he thought was a dental insurance benefits organization but turned out to be a business that's evolving into a care delivery model. At DentaQuest, their challenge is to evolve their model and story from the predominant "drill and fill" restorative services culture to a model that's focused on prevention. More than just a digital transformation, Dan and his team are focused on an entire cultural transformation using design thinking.

Direct download: Dan_Williams_-_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

This week our product hero is Ben Ho, Senior Engineering Manager, Mobile at Everbridge. Ben and I covered a lot of ground in our discussion, so we've split the interview into two parts.

In Part 2, we dove into Ben's past as a chef and how that informs everything he does as an engineering leader today. Ben started in tech but eventually became disheartened with it. So he just decided to leave the industry behind to become a chef working in some of the best restaurants in the country for almost a decade! Ben rediscovered his passion for technology when the first mobile OS was released. Although it's been awhile since he's "done the chef thing," Ben feels it's something that never really leaves you, and he feels that chef perspective pervades everything he does, every single day. It's still about passion, craftsmanship, and figuring out how to build and deliver something really cool.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Ben_Ho_Part_2.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

This week our product hero is Ben Ho, Senior Engineering Manager, Mobile at Everbridge. Ben and I covered a lot of ground in our discussion, so we've split the interview into two parts.

In Part 1, Ben and I focus on everyone's favorite topic - Agile. Agile's not new - a lot of people and teams know what it is and have moved in that direction. But many are finding it harder to fully embrace. Typically when we talk to teams, there are still some lingering habits of the old waterfall method or whatever used to be the way of life. Everyone defines agile differently, so Ben and I talked about his definition of Agile and how, if at all, it differs at Everbridge.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Ben_Ho_Part_1.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

The statistics for minorities in technology and entrepreneurship are underwhelming to put it mildly.

  • 9.2% of tech industry employees are Latinx and African Americans
  • 0.2% of venture funding goes to black females
  • 20% of firms with paid employees are owned by minorities
  • The average net worth of blacks in Boston is $8

Enter Smarter in the City, which was created as a way to diversify Boston's tech sector by reaching out to entrepreneurs with less traditional backgrounds from less traditional neighborhoods in Boston. The organization believes that supporting a diverse ecosystem of entrepreneurs makes the startup community better while also allowing mentors to go back into their communities and improve the diversity in their own organizations. Since their founding in 2014, they have helped launch 20 startups led by underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Direct download: Smarter_in_the_City.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Product Innovation is a subject on everyone’s minds so we’ve been digging deeper into what that actually means. Who is responsible for product innovation? What does it look like in growth companies vs. enterprises? How do you make innovation part of the culture of an organization?

My guest today is Deanna Aho. Deanna has over 22 years of design and innovation leadership experience at organizations like Northeastern University, Cengage Learning, and most recently Quick Base.

Direct download: Deanna_Brown_Aho_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

This week our product hero is Emera Trujillo, Senior Product Manager at MediaMath. Emera started her career in customer services at Cars.com but eventually found herself seeking to satisfy her growing customer-centric mindset through product management.

Along with former Product Heroes Vanessa Ferranto, Cait Porte, she is an organizer for Boston Women in Product, whose mission is to inspire, equip and help advance women in product. Part of the larger Boston Product Management Association, the group organizes events for local female product leaders to learn and affect one another in an open, casual setting.

Direct download: Poduct_Hero_-_Emera_Truijilo_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

Our guest this week is Mike Brown, Head of Product at GenePeeks. Mike has the unique distinction of being named our very first Product Hero. And he’s also the first one to return as a guest on our podcast. The GenePeeks platform has expanded a few times over the years, something that Mike and I talked about in our interview. What were the signs pointing to this expansion, and how did they know that the time was right?

Direct download: Mike_Brown_-_GenePeaks_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 5:53am EDT

This week we sat down with Brian Lindauer, EVP Product and Engineering at Mavrck. Brian runs both engineering and product at Mavrck, which he says some find controversial but he finds interesting and important to satisfying his organizations "need for speed." Leading both groups allows the product team to move very fast and resolve conflicts across those two groups efficiently.

Direct download: Brian_Lindauer_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 6:22am EDT

This week we sat down with José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design and User Experience at Philips Lighting. José joined Philips during an interesting time in the company’s history as they are currently in the process of splitting from Royal Philips to become a standalone lighting company, which is interesting given Philips started out in lighting 129 years ago. José understandably views this as both a challenge and an opportunity to find out what makes sense for the future of the company as it relates to design and innovation.

Direct download: Product_Innovation_-_Jose_dos_Santos.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series that highlights outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week's Product Hero is Stephanie Tanner, Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies.

Direct download: Stephanie_Tanner_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

This week we kick off a new series on Product Innovation by sitting down with Michael Affronti, VP of Product at Fuze. We talked with Michael about dividing his time between making sure they are moving the ball forward on the short-term product changes and talking to customers about their needs all while continuing to innovate. Protecting innovation is one of the most difficult challenges for a company in the “hyper-growth” stage. Michael reveals how he challenges his team to think longer than three to six months out.

Direct download: Michael_Affronti.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series that highlights outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Thor Ernstsson, CEO of Alpha

Direct download: Product_Hero_-_Thor_Ernstsson.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series that highlights outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Daniel Elizalde, Founder at TechProductManagement.

Direct download: Product_Hero_-_Daniel_Elizalde.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

A little over a month ago, we were invited to participate in General Assembly's Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers series. The idea of the series is to provide practical tips and insights from expert designers on how they're solving problems through design. We're always game to discuss UX design, product design, and design thinking, so we gladly accepted the invitation. Building digital products is a team sport, with both strategy and design complimenting one another. So we decided what better way to underscore this point than recommending a panel discussion on the topic of how designers and strategists working together at Fresh Tilled Soil?

Direct download: GA_Panel.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series to highlight outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Barbara Dumery, Sr. Vice President of Product Management at Imprivata.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Dumery.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series to highlight outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Jason Fournier, Vice President of Product Management at Pearson MyLabs.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Jason_Fournier.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series to highlight outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Martin Eriksson, Co-founder of Mind the Product and founder of ProductTank.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Martin_Eriksson.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series to highlight outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Karen Tirozzi, VP of Solutions at ZappRx.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Karen_Tirozzi.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

An interview with Marla Runyan, Director of Digital Accessibility at Perkins School for the Blind. Marla sits down with a few members of the Fresh Tilled Soil team to talk about accessibility standards, common issues designers and developers make that create accessibility issues, and how to fix those errors. 

Direct download: 007_Perkins_Accessability.m4a
Category:tech -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Experience Officer at Pluralsight joins C. Todd Lombardo, our Chief Design Strategist, in the studio to discuss what's wrong with the majority of product roadmaps, how to be a better product leader, and how to get closer your customers.

Direct download: Product_Hero_Walkingshaw.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

Rapid prototyping helps you pick the right goals and designs early in the process. Getting it right early pays off. In this episode, Fresh Tilled Soil Chief Design Strategist C. Todd Lombardo talks with Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer Alex Federov about rapid prototyping, understanding the tools, the process, finding a workflow that works for you, and some of the inputs you need to create prototypes rapidly.

Direct download: 006_The_Dirt_-_Rapid_Proto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

Nate Walkingshaw, CXO of Pluralsight, and Richard Banfield, CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil, sit down to talk about a range of topics related to product leadership. Creating an environment for Directed Discovery, optimizing work style over work process, building trust within groups, eliciting change within an organization, and their latest book entitled "Product Leadership".

Direct download: 005_TheDirt_-_Nate_Walkingshaw.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

The common thread to every design sprint is there's a problem (usually a hairy one) that needs to be solved. There could be a lack of clarity around a product, service, or direction. Perhaps an organization has made assumptions without a high level of confidence. Or there's a high level of risk associated with being wrong. But every design sprint can still be different. In this episode, we talk about how to address these differences and tailor the design sprint process to maximize the outcome for your organization.

Direct download: 003_TheDirt_Tailoring_Design_Sprints.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Fresh Tilled Soil CEO Richard Banfield sits down with Heath Umbach to talk about the fact that hiring remains a big problem facing product teams. The supply of solid product focused design and development talent has not kept up with demand. What’s worse is that recruiters and hiring managers have almost no idea how to hire for these product specific positions. But this challenge need not get in the way of your product success. Hiring talent is not a linear approach - you need an immediate-term, a medium-term, and a long-term strategy to keep the rails on the track.

Direct download: 00420TheDirt20Hiring.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

Fresh Tilled Soil strategists C. Todd Lombardo and Jill Starett sit down to talk about Design Sprints again. This time, the discussion revolves around what to expect when it comes to Design Sprints, and what can organizations do to prepare in order to get the most out of them. The purpose, the problems, the plan, and even the people you should involve in a Design Sprint.

Direct download: 002TheDirt_Planning-Design-Sprint.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

What kinds of problems can you solve with a Design Sprint?

Fresh Tilled Soil digital strategists C. Todd Lombardo and Jill Starett sit down to answer one of the most common questions we hear: “What can a Design Sprint help us do?”. The most common goal of a design sprint is to assess an opportunity and reduce the risk of failure. That sounds great in the abstract, but what does this really mean in practice?

Design sprints get the most traction in the digital products space but they are a flexible framework and can be tailored to fit a plethora of different problems and organizations. At Fresh Tilled Soil, we’ve conducted design sprints for products, services, and hybrids of the two, for digital and physical solutions, and for customer facing and internal facing opportunities. We run design sprints for organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and for industries ranging from education to high finance.

We recommend a Design Sprint when a client needs answers to a BIG question.

Direct download: TheDirt_What_kinds_of_problems_can_you_solve_with_a_DS_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 11:16am EDT