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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

42 / Shaping: A Different Kind of Product Work

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Ryan Singer
Basecamp

Product work is rarely (ever?) as straightforward and ordered as we’d like. It’s important for us as product leaders to embrace this fact and to plan for the interdependencies among all the moving parts. Shaping puts a name to this important work. We get clarity of direction from the guardrails Shaping provides. At the same …

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Ryan Singer
Basecamp

41 / No Such Thing As The ‘Perfect’ Product Manager

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Alicia Dixon
Apartment List

Not every product management role is the same. Each requires a different skill set balance, a different temperament, and a different approach to problem solving. Why is that? Because users are individuals. Unique individuals. And while we share basic needs, ranging from physiological to self-actualization, each of us draws satisfaction and delight in different ways …

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Alicia Dixon
Apartment List

Special Edition / Delivery + UX = Client Value

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Nancy Neumann and Lisa Young
ITX Corp.

  Strong leadership and eager collaboration serve as the hallmarks in the long list of contributions made by ITX veterans and Vice Presidents Nancy Neumann and Lisa Young, the company’s most recent additions to its Board of Directors. In this special edition of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul welcome fellow ITX leaders Lisa …

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Nancy Neumann and Lisa Young
ITX Corp.

40 / How A Well-Told Story ‘Weaves In Your Why’

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Mark Cruth
Atlassian

The simple act of storytelling helps the audience believe that the story is actually happening to them. Whether you’re pitching a product idea to a group of users or to your team, the well-told story resonates. It identifies the key players. It describes the conflict. And as the plot unfolds, it delivers the  narrative and …

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Mark Cruth
Atlassian

39 / Behavioral Science and Product Design

Nate Andorsky
Creative Science

As product builders, we use data science and behavioral science to help us design software solutions that line up with our users’ initial intent. Data science helps us understand who’s likely to take some action. Behavioral science looks at the factors that drive us to take action in the first place. With so many inputs …

Nate Andorsky
Creative Science

38 / How To Recapture Lost Innovation ROI

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Mark Zawacki
650 Labs

Investment in innovation will bring business energy, they say, and will enable new revenue growth. It will lead to more efficient business operation and will deepen your brand’s hold on existing clients while attracting more prospects. And investment in innovation will help level up your team’s skill set. Innovation is powerful. Investment in it is …

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Mark Zawacki
650 Labs

37 / Validate and Verify the Customer Voice

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Ash Maurya
LEANSTACK

Whatever we think we know about our users doesn’t always hold true when we release our products into the wild. Faced with compressed cycle times and pressure to release something, product managers sometimes fall in love with a product only later to discover we were among the few who did. Our mistake isn’t being passionate …

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Ash Maurya
LEANSTACK

36 / Shaping the Product Manager’s Prime Directive

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Michael Sacca
Dribbble

What is the product manager’s prime directive? Most would argue we’re here to make the world a better place through the software products we create. But what do we do when we see product decisions being made that conflict with that directive, that cause us to manipulate users to our benefit instead of inspire them …

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Michael Sacca
Dribbble

35 / Building the Solutions the World Needs

Christopher O'Donnell
HubSpot

  In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul welcome Christopher O’Donnell, Chief Product Officer at HubSpot. Their conversation kicks off with a discussion of Trust, closes with Christopher’s definition of Innovation, and checks nearly every box in the product manager playbook along the way. In a lively give-and-take that combines big …

Christopher O'Donnell
HubSpot

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