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We, in product management, live in complex worlds. We are often solving complicated problems. We are often using sophisticated, complex technologies or engineering solutions to solve those problems. We have various audiences to which we must communicate. Effectively communicating to these various audiences and especially making complex situations u…
 
Anyone who has been in product management knows that a timeline is part of everyday life. Frankly, it’s hard for a lot of people to imagine not living in this timeline-driven world. But why are timelines so important? More often than not, they are arbitrary and not tied to any real customer or market need. It’s not to say we should just take our sw…
 
In this episode, JJ Rorie, VP of Sequent Learning Networks and Carlos Gonzalez de Villaumbrosia, CEO and Founder of Product School, discuss how product managers can move from *bad* - to good - to great!, and how the product community can help us all on this lifelong learning journey.
 
The Chief Product Officer (CPO) role is still a fairly new role. I get asked quite often where product management should sit within an organization. Historically, it has typically reported up through either marketing or technology, but more and more, organizations are realizing the value of having a product leader at the executive level, having a s…
 
There is a lot of discussion about whether co-location / in-person work is best for product management and innovation or if remote work can be just as effective. Maybe there is no one right answer there, and certainly there are pros and cons to both. This episode is a conversation about being successful in product management with remote teams.…
 
There are few things that can make a bigger impact on the ultimate success of a product than a true, deep understanding of customer needs. Without this understanding of customers, their problems, situations, environments, needs, it is really just a matter of luck if we end up with a successful product. This episode features Keerthi Hoback, Senior D…
 
For those of us who build products for a living, how do we ensure that our products are equitable, inclusive, and are leaving a positive impact on customers and the world around us? This episode discusses how can organizations - and product people - can build equitable products.
 
Product-Market Fit essentially means having the right product to meet a market demand. Here’s the deal… if you don’t first understand what customers need and will buy AND the dynamics and attractiveness of the market in which your customers live and/or work, then it’s really quite difficult to build something that will achieve product-market fit.…
 
Having an “entrepreneurial mindset” is a very beneficial trait for product managers. It will help them think and act in a way that drives ownership, accountability, leadership, strategic thinking, and other aspects of “owning the business of their product”. This episode is is all about what product managers can learn from entrepreneurs and startup …
 
Design, of course, is a critical part of product development. It’s where the ideas in our heads start to take shape in the real world. These days, there are still the proverbial - and literal - ideas sketched on napkins, but technology is making it so that even the non-designers can express ideas in effective mockups and prototypes. While the exper…
 
All products have a lifespan. Some products live for a year or so. Some products - especially those attached to iconic brands - can live for decades or longer! Legacy products and brands - those that have stood the test of time and carved a place for themselves in their marketplaces - often have a built-in credibility and can even have a sort of pr…
 
Many experiences can help product managers hone their skills... including stand-up comedy! In this episode, Deepak Paramanand shares how learning how to find jokes that will land with his audience helped him become a better product manager.
 
Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) has become one of the most discussed frameworks among product people. Yet while it's simple in nature, JTBD is often misunderstood, making it difficult for some to begin applying it. In this episode, we'll discuss what JTBD is and how to get started.
 
Is the product manager role different for a physical product than for a software product? My answer is that most of the role is the same, but there are some real nuances that matter. In this episode, I discuss a couple of differences that product managers who own physical products encounter and ways they can be successful.…
 
Neurodiversity - having a team whose minds and brains work differently from each other - can be a superpower for organizations, leading to more innovation and better products. Marton Gaspar, The Product Whisper, joins us on this episode to discuss what companies can do to leverage this superpower. More information on neurodiversity in tech and prod…
 
While there are a few product management degrees popping up in universities these days - which is great, by the way - generally speaking, none of us get a degree in product management and then start our careers in a product manager role straight out of university. We start from somewhere else… be it sales or marketing or engineering. Or we have a c…
 
Product management is innately cross-functional. There are many key partners that help build and support products… product management, technology, sales, marketing, finance, supply chain, operations, and the list goes on. One of the most important relationships a product manager has is with his or her technology lead. As a product manager, it is ou…
 
It’s early 2020 and the world has been drastically affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. While the health and safety of employees should be the top priority for all businesses, of course, frankly we still must try to keep the customers we have and find ways to help those customers weather this storm. At this time, it’s even more imperative…
 
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