Product Momentum Podcast: continuous learning from the best minds in product leadership

52 / Mindset, Process, and Tools

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David Wang
ProductGo

If you’ve never done product before, the journey can be super-scary. So many questions: Do I have what it takes? Is this the career I want for myself? What type of PM do I want to be? Where am I in my career product life cycle? Worry no more. In this episode of ITX’s Product …

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David Wang
ProductGo

51 / Cognitive Bias and Software Development

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Wolf Alexanyan
The Software Development Company

  Without mental shortcuts to help, there’s no way product managers could process the daily waves of information coming at us. We apply these shortcuts, called cognitive biases, to drive efficiency in how we perceive and respond to the world around us. But when we’re unaware of, or not sensitive to, these biases (that exist …

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Wolf Alexanyan
The Software Development Company

50 / Product Problems Are People Problems

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Christian Idiodi
Silicon Valley Product Group

  Whether discussing onboarding, the challenges we product managers confront in today’s upside-down world, or the benefits of being a “lazy” product manager, all problems boil down to people problems. In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul welcome Christian Idiodi, partner at the Silicon Valley Product Group. As a leader in …

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Christian Idiodi
Silicon Valley Product Group

49 / The Many Paths to Product Management

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Lena Sesardic
Consultant, Author

  There’s no clear career path to product management. And while that sounds like just another obstacle keeping you from your dream job, it should actually come as a comfort to all you PM hopefuls. Here’s why. It’s about equifinality, which simply means that the same end result can be achieved by many potential means …

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Lena Sesardic
Consultant, Author

48 / At the Intersection of Art and Technology

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Josh Anon
Roblox

Defining the product manager role is a moving target. It’s tough to put our finger on the skill set we need to land the gig. And then we’re not always confident about what to do once we arrive. In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul welcome Josh Anon. Now a product …

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Josh Anon
Roblox

47 / Imagine A World Where Social Justice Reigns

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Andrew Branch
Measures for Justice

  In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul welcome Andrew Branch, Director of Product Engineering at Measures for Justice (MFJ). MFJ, an ITX client and Rochester, NY neighbor, is a criminal justice research organization whose mission is to make accurate criminal justice data available and accessible to all – and to …

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Andrew Branch
Measures for Justice

46 / Whether Building Software or Snowboards

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Lesley Betts
Burton Snowboards

One concern we product builders often cite with our C-suite sponsors is their disdain for discovery. “We know what users want,” is a frequent refrain when we recommend investment in user research. Sometimes, even we fall victim to that flawed “we got this” mentality. When we do, we limit our own market exploration by rejecting …

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Lesley Betts
Burton Snowboards

45 / Motivation and Self-Determination Theory

Scott Rigby, Ph.D.
Immersyve Inc.

With so many touchpoints between Self-Determination Theory and software product development, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Perhaps with this: self-determination theory is fundamentally focused on answering two questions. First, what is it that brings us fulfillment in life?”; and second, what things will accrue to high-quality motivation – that is, doing things that …

Scott Rigby, Ph.D.
Immersyve Inc.

44 / Is What I Am Building Ethical?

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Kasia Chmielinski
The Data Nutrition Project

What is an ethical product? In an industry whose mission is to build technology that does good in the world, you’d think that by now we’d have figured this one out. You know, develop a checklist of criteria that helps chip away at our assumptions and biases and answer questions like, “is what I am …

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Kasia Chmielinski
The Data Nutrition Project

43 / ProdMgmt101: The Influential Product Manager

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Ken Sandy
Lecturer, Consultant, Author

What does it mean to be an influential product manager? In short, it means doing the job well. Easier said than done, right? The product manager is the one role in the organization who seems to own all the responsibility for getting things done, but none of the authority to actually do it. And that’s …

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Ken Sandy
Lecturer, Consultant, Author

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