Product Podcast

Product Podcast

Join the product team at Leapfrog Technology as we tackle the big questions in the Product Management world. We approach questions and offer testimonials from the lens of our services oriented firm. From big stand alone products, to small emerging ideas, nothing is left uncovered.

All Episodes

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. 

Mar 2020

1 hr 3 min

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.

Mar 2020

46 min 59 sec

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.

Mar 2020

39 min 43 sec

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.

Feb 2020

42 min 18 sec

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.

Nov 2019

58 min 50 sec

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.

Nov 2019

31 min 10 sec

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.

Nov 2019

40 min 1 sec

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.

Oct 2019

29 min 56 sec

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.

Oct 2019

28 min 3 sec

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.

Oct 2019

49 min 35 sec

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.

Oct 2019

33 min 35 sec

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.

Oct 2019

40 min 53 sec

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.

Sep 2019

51 min 38 sec

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.

Sep 2019

51 min 26 sec

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.

Sep 2019

1 hr

 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.

Sep 2019

50 min 12 sec

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.

Aug 2019

40 min 16 sec

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.

Aug 2019

33 min 8 sec

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.

Jul 2019

36 min 26 sec

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.

Jul 2019

36 min 28 sec

In our fourth instalment of our series about the product development lifecycle, we look at what we need to create a viable product. A huge part of this portion is assessing who our users are, what they do, and what they think- and then convincing our clients the importance of this knowledge. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

Jul 2019

31 min 24 sec

In the second part of our product lifecycle series, we unpack how people interact with products. What triggers people to seek out solutions? What actions do they take? What reward do we receive? We discuss these questions and how to address them with your clients. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

Jul 2019

36 min 33 sec

We understand the fundamentals of Product Management, we know what skills we need, and we have landed our first project! What comes next? How do we engage our clients? How do we ensure that they trust us with building their vision? We unpack these questions in our series that details each phase of the product lifecycle. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

Jul 2019

34 min 54 sec

In this episode, we are tackling the fundamentals. We discuss how product managers bring value to a company, how their success is measured during projects, and we define the necessary skillset each PM needs. This provides the background information for our series about the product lifecycle. To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

Jun 2019

51 min 21 sec

How do you implement a problem solving methodology into client facing projects? We discuss the importance of having an arsenal of questions to ask during the foundational meetings at the beginning of client projects.The framework we reference allows us to create benchmarks for client interactions. To learn more, check out the CIRCLE framework here: bit.ly/2VKwAqCTo learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

May 2019

23 min 12 sec

You may know that you need user feedback for your product to scale and iterate effectively, but it can be hard to make this a reality if clients are involved. How can we sell our clients on the necessity of user feedback? How can we ensure that the client isn't just speaking on behalf of the user? How do we get access to the real users?Our product team tackles all these questions and more on this episode. We discuss how to identify who the true user is, ask the right questions, and work with clients to validate ideas without selling a solution.To learn more about our process and what we do, visit www.lftechnology.com

May 2019

25 min 48 sec

We tackle the challenge of how to leverage user feedback and metrics. Listen to discover how to use both qualitative and quantitative feedback for effective changes and iterations in your product life cycle.To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

May 2019

39 min 59 sec

Given that there are many avenues to becoming a product manager, we discuss how to become a great one. Whether you are technical or not, Bimal highlights the importance of focusing on your strengths.To learn more about our process and what we do, check out www.lftechnology.com.

May 2019

27 min 9 sec