Product teams solve problems — problems that have never been solved. Therefore, product management teams must be extremely skilled in order to come up with great solutions to solve greater problems. Unfortunately, there is no tried and proven formula that can ensure higher performing teams. Different companies use different approaches, but knowing what has worked in the past can help business leaders build a successful team with a positive culture.
On today’s episode of Igniting Startups, you’ll hear from two product-minded leaders from one of the fastest-growing companies in Indianapolis. First up is Jeremy Leventhal, Chief Product Officer of Springbuk. Springbuk is a health analytics and intelligence platform for employers and benefits consultants.
Joining Jeremy is Roger Deetz, Springbuk’s VP of Engineering. Roger has been a longtime member of Powderkeg and the tech community and has led multiple dev teams at Angie’s List. Throughout his career he’s taken on several roles as a designer, developer, architect, and a leader.
During today’s episode, Jeremy and Roger will discuss how they approach team organization and establishing team goals as leaders. You’ll also hear their take on knowing when to build product, how you can make better investments in product, and ultimately invest and build product teams that will continue to succeed and grow.
In this episode with Jeremy Leventhal and Roger Deetz, you’ll learn:
- How product leaders approach team organization
- Guidelines for making great investments in your product
- How to build a successful team and build a great product
- Springbuk’s growth and impact in the Indianapolis tech scene
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Jeremy Leventhal and Roger Deetz quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“If you’re hearing things and people have smiles on their faces, that’s a really good sign. And if people are doing a lot of complaining or are seeming anxious, well something’s probably not working.” — @RDeetz on @PowderkegCo
“I think that’s just what people want these days. They want to be able to write their own ticket and feel like they’re owning their own universe. But they’re also part of a team and they’re working jointly towards something, whether it’s building the product or building the process around it. — @JLeventhal on @PowderkegCo
“I think the most important thing is learning what feels right when things are working well and how to tell when things are right.” — @RDeetz on @PowderkegCo
“We found a great place that’s really playing into the overall culture and the people that are there. I think it mirrors that thing that’s been hard to describe what we know as culture.”— @JLeventhal on @PowderkegCo
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