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Voice This!Jan 26, 2023
Ep 7: Development Pt 2 with Guy Tonye
DISCLAIMER: Don't listen to this episode hungry, still.
To our fellow engineers, developers, and those curious minds, we dedicate the season finale to you! Yes, both parts. Millani and Guy continue their conversation, finally closing out the season. While Part 1 is all about Guy's origin story, Part 2 is all about the reality of building and deploying voice apps — the not so fun parts like:
— Dealing with multi-device ASR quirks (and how some of these models can't pick up Guy's accent 👀)
— Tracking user behavior like drop-off (Guy calls it "the moment of truth" 🙏🏼) with platform analytics 📉
— The absolutely TERRIFYING but necessary practice of removing intents 👻
— Sunsetting conversational AI applications 🌅 (there's an actual process, you can't just do it manually on Amazon)
among other fun tidbits.
This episode officially completes season 1 of the Voice This! Podcast. We thank our guests and listeners for joining us on this LONG but rewarding journey. Thank you for following along with us through every step of the software development lifecycle. And thank YOU for listening. We hoped you enjoyed this season with us! Stay tuned for season 2 💜💙💜
Ep7: Development Pt 1 with Guy Tonye
DISCLAIMER: Don't listen to this episode hungry.
To our fellow engineers, developers, and curious minds, we dedicate the season finale to you!
Join Millani and Guy as they wrap up the season with the final and crucial component of the software development lifecycle: implementation. From his home country of Cameroon to the exciting tech hub of Toronto, Guy takes us through his background and how he got started in building conversational AI apps. Guy also sheds some light on the challenges he's faced while coding and deploying apps and shares advice on how to avoid them.
Oh and of course, there's a part two. Guy served us way too many golden nuggets to have only one episode.
Final note: this episode was recorded before Voice Tech Global officially disbanded. Read the official notice here.
Ep6: Continuous Validation with Fariya Mostafa
Testing! Testing! Testing! What better way to figure out if your ideas are valid and your prototype makes sense than to test? Today we're joined by Fariya Mostafa, who, at the time of recording this episode, was the Group Product Manager at Winterlight Labs for their Life Sciences product.
This is our first episode looking at the application of voice in the healthcare space.
Disclaimer: Fariya is NOT a designer, she's a product manager and we actually love her all the more for it. In this episode, she guides us through the day-to-day of working in product management, which may include: defining a target market, learning from users, building roadmaps, and monitoring key product metrics, among many other things.
There's something in here for everyone at any stage in their career, but especially for those in the early-stages who would like to learn more about working on a team with product managers in voice tech.
Fariya is now a Product Manager at Legacy.
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BONUS: A Day with elaineinthebay™
Join Millani as she goes on an adventure to learn about the person behind elaineinthebay™. In this bonus episode, Elaine gives listeners the scoop on starting from a biologist to a multimodal designer while sprinkling pieces of advice along the way.
Ep5: Prototyping with Robert Bruchhardt
How do you prototype the best idea that was selected? How do you prototype voice products? To answer these questions and more, Robert Bruchhardt will take us through how to prototype ideas.
BONUS: Conversations With Things with Diana Deibel & Rebecca Evanhoe
Join Millani, Marco, Diana, and Rebecca as they explore the book Conversations with Things co-authored by Diana and Rebecca.
Voice This! podcast wanted to celebrate the book, not only for it's recent launch but just how much of a fantastic resource it is for all of us here. And so what better way than to invite the co-authors of the book onto the podcast.
Topics including why they created the book, what inspired them as well as some of the points that Millani and Marco found very interesting while they read the book.
Ep4: Concept Generation with Brooke Hawkins
In this episode, we look into concept generation with Brooke Hawkins - Conversation Designer at MyPlanet and voice tech ethics researcher with the Open Voice Network. Brooke leverages her unique perspective as we explore how to transform research insights into early concepts, as well as how to stay mindful of your audience and the potential blind spots in your data throughout that process. Other topics involve inclusivity in the design process, and how the value of automation may be shifting in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ep3: User Research Pt 2 - How To Conduct Effective Research with Erika Hall
Join Millani and Erika Hall as they return with part two on User Research! With decades at the helm of Mule Design Studio and two books under her name (“Conversational Design” and “Just Enough Research”), Erika provides us with her take on how to develop a sensible yet robust research practice that will keep your audience’s realities front and centre in your organization’s vision.
Ep3: User Research Pt 1 - Why we need to listen to users with Erika Hall
In this episode, Erika Hall - author of "Just Enough Research", "Conversational Design" and co-founder of Mule Design Studio – joins Millani to examine why it’s important to take a moment to look beyond the technology and focus on your audience and the value you’re providing them.
Topics include leveraging minimalist design to empower constantly connected users, where humanist design principles belong in business, and the constant competition for users’ attention that can follow you into bed, at work, and yes, even into your shower.
Ep2: Successful Conversational AI Experiences with Ilarna Nche
Join Millani and Ilarna as they explore the lessons Ilarna learned from her early success as a voice app developer.
Topics include monitoring your product's performance with KPIs, Ilarna's views on moving from voice app concept to public iterations, and tips and resources for novice practitioners. Plus, some discussion around the satisfying and seamless experiences offered by personalization in voice apps, and the privacy concerns among users that might follow.
Ilarna Nche holds many titles such as voice app developer, business owner, Alexa Champion and much more. Ilarna has succeeded so much within the voice app space in such a short period of time, it's hard to believe she's only been in it for 3 years.
Ep1: Introduction to Conversational AI with Tim Bettridge
Join Millani and Tim as they trace Tim's journey into voice tech work, discuss how voice interfaces can help reclaim our time and keep us engaged with the world around us, and explore the present and future of voice UI.
Tim co-founded VoiceTechGlobal so that passionate voice practitioners could have a platform to convene, learn, and build together. He also directs Civic Lab, where cross-functional specialists create voice products for social good. Tim is a techie who's always been intrigued with sci-fi, and has been a designer for web and mobile until venturing into voice in the past few years.
Voice This! Season 1 - Coming Soon
Welcome to Voice This! a podcast by Voice Tech Global aiming to educate novice practitioners and curious minds like myself on the world of conversational AI. For the first season, we'll be going through the product development lifecycle one episode at a time. Starting with research, ideating, testing and going all the way to launching the product. Watch out for new episodes monthly!