92 episodes

Build is a weekly podcast brought to you by Pivotal Tracker hosted by Poornima Vijayashanker, the founder of Femgineer.

In this show, Poornima hosts innovators in tech and together they debunk myths and misconceptions related to building tech products and companies.

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    • 4.9, 36 Ratings

Build is a weekly podcast brought to you by Pivotal Tracker hosted by Poornima Vijayashanker, the founder of Femgineer.

In this show, Poornima hosts innovators in tech and together they debunk myths and misconceptions related to building tech products and companies.

    Episode 92: Resilient Management: Building & Managing Highly Functional Teams

    Episode 92: Resilient Management: Building & Managing Highly Functional Teams

    Responsible for a team and struggling to lead them through tight deadlines, conflict situations, peacetime, and re-orgs? Overrun by meetings and constant context switching left you feeling unaccomplished at the end of your workday? If you're wondering how to use your time wisely and ask yourself, “Am I doing this right?” And, “Should I go back to being an individual contributor?” Or, "Do highly functional teams even exist?" Know that these doubts are normal and we'll dig into them in this Build e

    • 33 min
    Episode 91: Hiring Technical Talent: What To Look Out For When Hiring Your First Employee

    Episode 91: Hiring Technical Talent: What To Look Out For When Hiring Your First Employee

    It's taken me more than a decade to find people I enjoy working with, can rely on, and learn from. I won’t claim that I know how to hire the perfect people every time. What I've learned over the years is how to come up with the key criteria needed to source talented individuals, suss them out, and help them grow over time. I've tested and tweaked the strategies when hiring people in startups and growth stage companies.

    In today's Build, I'll be sharing these strategies with you.

    • 58 min
    Episode 90: How To Get Started As A Freelance Software Developer

    Episode 90: How To Get Started As A Freelance Software Developer

    Freelancing is one approach to gaining more freedom and flexibility. But, it can take time to get a business off the ground. You have to figure out how to market yourself, manage clients, price your service, and still have enough hours left in the day to do the work, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed. In this episode, Gregg Goldner, who is a freelance developer and President of Two Sun Traders, LLC will share his experience, and help you think about the transition and work through the overwhelm.

    • 57 min
    Episode 89: Why Everyone Working On A Product Needs To Be Aware Of The Voice Of The Customer

    Episode 89: Why Everyone Working On A Product Needs To Be Aware Of The Voice Of The Customer

    At the start of a company, teams are usually flat and highly collaborative, but over time, silos start to form, slowing things down, making it hard to innovate, and distancing teams from their customers.

    Is it even possible to slow or stop them from forming? And to enable everyone across teams a chance to interact with customers?

    In this episode, we’re going to answer these questions and more with the help of Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré who is a B2B SaaS Consultant.

    • 33 min
    Episode 88: What To Do When An Opportunity Won't Present Itself

    Episode 88: What To Do When An Opportunity Won't Present Itself

    In this episode, we'll share how to tackle a tough career transition. As you listen you'll learn how to avoid being typecast, be your own advocate, figure out what companies are looking for in a role, how long it can really take to transition, and more!

    Even if you aren’t going through a transition yourself, it’s a valuable episode to tune into, because as a teammate, hiring manager, or leader you may find yourself working with someone who is going through it, and you’ll be equipped to help them

    • 29 min
    Episode 87: Career Transitions: How To Stop Holding Ourselves Back And Explore An Opportunity To Change Careers

    Episode 87: Career Transitions: How To Stop Holding Ourselves Back And Explore An Opportunity To Change Careers

    Transitioning into a new role or field is challenging because we have to prove that we can do the job, especially when our resume doesn’t reflect relevant or exact experience recruiters or hiring managers are looking for. Rejections cause us to stay in our current role and hope that someone will acknowledge our skills, talents, and efforts. However, we cannot build a career on hope alone! In today’s episode of Build, we’re going to share what holds people back from advocating for themselves successf

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

N. Paulsen ,

Awesome show, highly recommend!

Poornima and her guests do a phenomenal job of simplifying complex ideas surrounding technology and software in a structured, entertaining way.

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to Build if you want the knowledge AND mindset to level up and better understand future applications of this evolving field!

Shivani S. ,

Eng management

Poornima's podcasts have a wide range of topics but each episode is specific and the advice actionable. She has experts on the show that share their experience and tips that I've found to be a useful resource. For example, as a manager, I've recommended the podcast on mentorship to engineers on my team when mentoring an intern for the first time. I highly recommend this podcast!

jamiehand ,

Approachable, informative, and diverse

The first thing that attracted me to Build was the approachability of its content. Not only do Poornima and her guests give advice that help me build my career, but they do it in a way that is accessible to a wide range of listeners (e.g. defining tech jargon as they go). That said, this is not just a podcast for beginning techies. This is useful advice for those advanced in their tech career, and even good career/entrepreneurship advice for those who are not in tech at all.

Another thing I love about Build is the variety of folks Poornima interviews. It's clear she's intentional about highlighting a wide range of perspectives and experiences in tech, and that makes the episodes richer, providing a more well-rounded view of what it means to be in tech today.

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