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91 / Capacity to Learn: A Skill All Top Product Managers Possess

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Karthik Suresh
Ignition

“It depends.” A two-word answer that might seem overly safe. But is the only honest response to the question: “What does it take to be a top product manager?” Among dozens of dependencies, the PM role depends on whether you’re at a startup vs. a large, well-established company, says Karthik Suresh, co-founder of Ignition and …

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Karthik Suresh
Ignition

90 / Amid The Great Resignation, It’s Time To ‘Productize Your Career’

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Liz Li
LinkedIn

Not everyone experiences that polarizing, “fork in the road” moment in their career. That catalyzing realization when a choice needs to be made about which path to take. Before we get there, how do we recognize the signals telling us to step back, take stock, and unpack where we are in our personal and professional …

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Liz Li
LinkedIn

89 / Innovation Starts With Self-Awareness

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Saleema Vellani
Ripple Impact

Saleema Vellani first visited the Product Momentum Podcast 2 years ago, shortly before the release of her now best-selling book, Innovation Starts with I, and just as a global pandemic tightened its grip on our world. Now 2 years on, we’re delighted have her back on the pod, this time with Paul and ITX product …

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Saleema Vellani
Ripple Impact

88 / Effective Product Managers Embrace a ‘Back to Basics’ Mindset

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James Mayes
Mind the Product

Imagine you have over 300,000 customers who love your product. Then, in the span of one weekend in March 2020, you suddenly find yourself with no product to deliver them. Where do you go from there? You go back to the basics, says James Mayes, who joined Sean and Paul in this episode of the …

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James Mayes
Mind the Product

87 / Service Design: Methods & Tools that Improve the User Experience

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Marc Stickdorn & Adam Lawrence
More than Metrics; WorkPlayExperience

Service design is not new; in fact, today’s guests Adam Lawrence and Marc Stickdorn have been writing and teaching service design for more than a decade. But even in that time, the question of a precise definition for service design remains, as Adam points out, “very active.” “Service design is really the design process around …

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Marc Stickdorn & Adam Lawrence
More than Metrics; WorkPlayExperience

86 / Optimize Alignment For High Performance

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Jonathon Hensley
Emerge

A staggering 70-90% of digital products fail or underperform, says Jonathon Hensley, co-Founder and CEO of Emerge. That translates to trillions of dollars in unrealized investment. Jonathon points to misalignment as the most common source of product or project failure. “Most products underperform not because the team didn’t care,” Jonathon explains. “I think what’s really …

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Jonathon Hensley
Emerge

85 / Product Management Is Business Management

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Steven Haines
Business Acumen Institute

Vision and strategy and building a delightful experience are all necessary pieces of the product manager playbook. But Steven Haines says it’s not enough. Product leaders need business acumen, the oxygen that keeps your product alive. As founder of Sequent Learning Networks and the Business Acumen Institute, Steven has trained countless leaders in the fields …

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Steven Haines
Business Acumen Institute

84 / Diversity Boosts Capacity To Build Customer Value

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Megan Murphy
Hotjar

The role of product leader isn’t just about numbers and KPIs. It’s really about assembling teams of human beings and setting the stage for them to boost their capacity to build customer value. In this episode, Sean and Paul catch up with Megan Murphy, VP of Product at Hotjar. “What got us to now won’t …

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Megan Murphy
Hotjar

83 / Design’s True Purpose: Answer The How

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John Zeratsky
Character

What is the role of design in startups? And what characteristics do the great designers share? In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, John Zeratsky joins host Paul Gebel to explain – interestingly, using David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers biography as a backdrop. The book “provided this interesting illustration of the difference between craft …

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John Zeratsky
Character

82 / Threat Modeling for Product Managers

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Chris Romeo
Security Journey

As product managers, we’re taught to prioritize customer needs above all else. If that’s correct, where does threat modeling land in our list of priorities? After all, if we can’t provide a secure solution, our users will go elsewhere. Chris Romeo, CEO and co-founder of Security Journey, suggests we “shift left” to get these concepts …

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Chris Romeo
Security Journey

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