12 episodes

Howard Dierking and Glenn Block both have more than 20 years on the engineering and product side of the house. The name for the podcast derives from a running joke between them about quitting the tech industry and opening an ice cream business. In each episode, they will look at the intersection of product management and software development and talk through lots of different ways that the two disciplines can work together to build great products - or drive everyone in the organization crazy while wasting time and money.

Until the Ice Cream Truck Howard Dierking & Glenn Block

    • Technology

Howard Dierking and Glenn Block both have more than 20 years on the engineering and product side of the house. The name for the podcast derives from a running joke between them about quitting the tech industry and opening an ice cream business. In each episode, they will look at the intersection of product management and software development and talk through lots of different ways that the two disciplines can work together to build great products - or drive everyone in the organization crazy while wasting time and money.

    An Interview with Janna Bastow

    An Interview with Janna Bastow

    Roadmaps, why do we have them? Do they help? Is there a better way to do them? These are all topics near and dear to Janna Bastow's heart. We're honored to have her as our guest.
    In this episode, we go deep into talking about the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of traditional roadmaps, and about her pioneering Now Next Later approach. The show is full of gems and insights from Jenna on how to build great products and reduce waste. Thank you Janna! Enjoy!

    SHOW LINKS:
    Why I invented the Now-Next-Later Roadmap
    ProdPad
    Perfecting product roadmaps with Janna Bastow

    • 54 min
    What is a Minimally Viable Product?

    What is a Minimally Viable Product?

    Minimum Viable Product, what is it that all about? In this episode, Howard and Glenn dive in:


    What is MVP and its purpose? Where does the term come from? What common misconceptions, misunderstandings, and fallacies about MVP? How does MVP relate to tech debt and scale? What are the variations of MVP? Minimum Lovable Product, Minimum Effective Dose, Minimum Marketable product We had a great exchange of ideas and shared our raw personal experiences and perspectives.

    Enjoy!

    SHOW LINKS:
    The Lean Startup A Review Of The Minimum Viable Product Approach The Minimum Lovable Product The Minimum Effective Dose  My short interview with Nils Davis on MED

    • 42 min
    Mentoring

    Mentoring

    In this episode, Glenn and Howard talk about the value of mentoring, both in serving as a mentor as well as having a network of mentors who can help in various aspects of personal and professional life. Additionally, mentorship and coaching are compared from the perspective of both techniques used and expectations set.

    Show links

    Men: want to increase diversity in tech? Be a mentor
    Let's talk about Mentoring - Cascadia JS
    Supporting black employees with mentorship
    GROW Model
     
     

    • 26 min
    Listener Questions

    Listener Questions

    It's been a while, but Glenn and Howard are back at it, and in this episode are answering some of the questions sent in by you! To send in a question for a possible future episode, email us at untiltheicecreamtruck@gmail.com.
    Some resources mentioned in this episode include:
    Atomic Habits Traction

    • 37 min
    Leadership Principles

    Leadership Principles

    In this episode, Howard and Glenn spend some time talking about the leadership principles they apply in their roles as managers of people and as leaders within their respective disciplines. The guys also spend a few minutes talking about some of the tech behind producing the podcast.
    You can reach us with questions or comments at untiltheicecreamtruck@gmail.com.
    Some resources mentioned in this episode include:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6452796-drive https://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/949515.Coaching_for_Performance https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29342515-the-coaching-habit 

    • 46 min
    An Interview with Jessica Tucker, from engineering to Product entrepreneur

    An Interview with Jessica Tucker, from engineering to Product entrepreneur

    In this episode, Glenn interviews our first guest on the show, Jessica Tucker. Jessica transitioned into tech as a software engineer and then moved into more of a product role. She's now left her corp job, has her own tech consulting company and has launched her own wearable-tech company! We have a rich conversation on her journey, what she learned moving into different roles and becoming an entrepreneur, also what it means to be a Black woman in tech, and the challenges and trauma that Black women face navigating the tech world.

    • 53 min

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