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

23 / The Product Leader’s Path To High Performance

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Richard Banfield
InVision

  As a community, have we gotten better at product leadership? The answer depends on who we ask and what we use to measure  performance. In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul pose the question to Richard Banfield, VP of Design Transformation at InVision. “A lot depends how much you are …

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Richard Banfield
InVision

22 / Combining Empathy with Tech

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Roman Pichler
Pichler Consulting

For today’s product leaders, it’s not enough to have technical proficiency or apply the right techniques. These skills are necessary to be sure – vital even – but no longer sufficient by themselves. Effective product leaders deliver even more. To make and implement effective strategy decisions, product leaders need buy-in from key stakeholders. In a …

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Roman Pichler
Pichler Consulting

21 / A Pragmatic Approach to Product Management

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Johanna Rothman
Rothman Consulting Group

  Imagine a colleague asks you to describe the software product manager role. Where would you begin? So few of us actually studied this stuff in college. How can we hope to explain it when we’re not even sure we’re doing it right? We deliver MVPs for MVAs. We set goals using OKRs and KPIs. And …

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Johanna Rothman
Rothman Consulting Group

20 / Flow: Visualize the Possibilities

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Fin Goulding
Flow Academy

It’s ironic that companies comprised of teams that have embraced Agile methodologies can at the same time find themselves in search of organizational agility. With all the best intentions, proponents of Agile dutifully adhere to its prescribed set of principles, but then we suddenly find ourselves constrained by the same demons we had sought to …

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Fin Goulding
Flow Academy

19 / The Significance of Contributive Design

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Miguel Cardona
Professor, Designer, Artist

As organizations move inexorably to a team-based, agile methodology, how do individual contributors effectively demonstrate what they’re working on or what they’ve accomplished? If performance is measured based solely on the team’s deliverables, how do team leaders appropriately acknowledge each member’s contribution or target their professional development? Enter the notion of contributive design, in which …

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Miguel Cardona
Professor, Designer, Artist

18 / Simple Steps to Achieve High Performance

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Christina Wodtke
Author, Professor, Speaker

We’ve been working together in teams forever, right? After all, humans are social creatures. So it only makes sense that we would come together, organize around common objectives, and apply our energies and intellect to solve problems and deliver outcomes that move our world forward. If that is so, why do so many organizations simultaneously …

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Christina Wodtke
Author, Professor, Speaker

17 / Human-Centered Design

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Kim Goodwin
Leadership Consultant, Author

Product people get excited about solving problems that make users’ lives better. On that we can all agree. It’s the approach we choose to achieve that goal where differences arise. Sometimes the differences are more clear – Agile vs. Waterfall, for example. On other occasions, the difference is less obvious. Take user-centered vs. human-centered design. …

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Kim Goodwin
Leadership Consultant, Author

16 / Developing Organizational Agility

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Jeff Gothelf
Coach, Consultant, Keynote Speaker

  Imagine a world in which we drop the labels that segregate us as Lean. As Agile. As Waterfall. As Design Thinkers. Instead, imagine a world where we build the kinds of organizations and cultures that encourage and reward learning and customer centricity, that incentivize teams to deeply understand their customers, and that ensure that …

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Jeff Gothelf
Coach, Consultant, Keynote Speaker

15 / Test Assumptions to Achieve Product-Market Fit

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Dan Olsen
Olsen Solutions

Software product development is hard enough. It’s harder still when our investment of resources is based on a set of untested assumptions. The probability that we perfectly address each of the hundreds or thousands (millions?) of assumptions, hypotheses, and decisions is super low. Once we get comfortable with the idea that many of our assumptions …

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Dan Olsen
Olsen Solutions

14 / Taking Design Beyond Today’s Conventions

Tim Wood
Corning Inc.; RIT School of Design

The common understanding is that to be successful in today’s digital environment designers need to solve problems while building products that people want and need to use. While that may be the core of it, it’s only the core. There’s so much more to it these days. When we talk about interaction design, designing software …

Tim Wood
Corning Inc.; RIT School of Design

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