How To Build High-Performing Software Teams From 0 to IPO with Alok Tyagi, Boast.AI


09-05-2022 • 52 mins

On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI welcomes Alok Tyagi, CEO at Boast.AI.

You raised a big round of funding and hired a pedigreed big company CTO but now, a few months in, you’re concerned that the team is not shipping as fast as they used to.

Startups are built in stages, from idea to product-market fit and scale. The kind of product and engineering playbook you implement for your stage will make all the difference between hypergrowth and missing the boat.

Alok was ranked #2 in the list of Top 25 Software Product Executives of 2021 by The Software Report. He brings deep product and technology experience from leadership at several prominent enterprise SaaS companies including DealerSocket, RealPage, Oracle, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, and Sage.

In this session, Alok shares the playbook for high-performing software teams that consistently ship blockbuster products. Specifically, Alok discusses:

4:16 - The key learnings from operating diverse businesses

7:11 - Preserving the startup mentality during massive growth

12:08 - Starting product development efforts with a press release

14:25 - How to approach R&D investments

18:00 - Balancing important and strategic decisions versus urgent decisions

23:00 - How to go about agile

28:32 - Defining success for enterprise SaaS products and what KPIs should be measured

34:12 - Why software is a people business

38:17 - Ideal team size and structure

40:38 - First few hires Alok would make if he started from scratch

42:27 - How to recruit and keep top talent

44:47 - How to solve trust, communication, and engagement challenges

47:32 - Key traits of frontline managers

53:13 - How leaders can show more empathy

55:46 - What Alok wishes he did more of and less of when looking back at his career

56:59 - Book recommendations

58:03 - Unconventional advice that founders ignore, but shouldn't

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