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MPM 030: How Product Managers Act Like Entrepreneurs

Masters of Product Management

Release Date: 03/19/2018

What’s Wrong with Being Timeline Focused? Everything! Now, Let’s Fix It. - a conversation with Janna Bastow show art What’s Wrong with Being Timeline Focused? Everything! Now, Let’s Fix It. - a conversation with Janna Bastow

Masters of Product Management

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 sweet time and be lackadaisical, we still need to meet customer needs in a timely manner and beat the competition in providing value. But are timelines in their traditional sense the proper means to that end?  In this episode, Janna Bastow,...

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How Product Managers Can Go From Good to Great, a conversation with Carlos Gonazalez de Villaumbrosia show art How Product Managers Can Go From Good to Great, a conversation with Carlos Gonazalez de Villaumbrosia

Masters of Product Management

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.

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The Five Immutable Truths of Great Product Managers(TM) show art The Five Immutable Truths of Great Product Managers(TM)

Masters of Product Management

Regardless of industry, type of product, educational background, or development methodology, there are five commonalities among great product managers. In this episode, we discuss these common traits and how you can build your skillset around these 5 "truths".

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Continuous Discovery Habits with Teresa Torres show art Continuous Discovery Habits with Teresa Torres

Masters of Product Management

The bedrock of successful product development is a deep understanding of what customers really need. In this episode, I speak with internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach Teresa Torres about Continuous Discovery Habits.

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A Seat at the Table: The Chief Product Officer Role, with Navya Rehani Gupta, CPO at Peek.com  show art A Seat at the Table: The Chief Product Officer Role, with Navya Rehani Gupta, CPO at Peek.com

Masters of Product Management

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 seat at the c-suite table when all important decisions are being made. The CPO is often that executive.  In this episode, Navya Rehani Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Peek.com, shares her experiences in and insights about the important CPO role.

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Product Management with Remote Teams, with Kevin Urrutia, co-founder of Voy Media show art Product Management with Remote Teams, with Kevin Urrutia, co-founder of Voy Media

Masters of Product Management

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.

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The Importance of User Interviews and Customer Research, with Keerthi Hoback, Senior Director of Product Management, Major League Baseball  show art The Importance of User Interviews and Customer Research, with Keerthi Hoback, Senior Director of Product Management, Major League Baseball

Masters of Product Management

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 Director of Product Management at Major League Baseball, discussing the importance of user interviews and customer research in order to set that foundation of customer awareness.

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Building More Equitable Products | A Conversation with Carey Jenkins and Amanda Di Dio of Substantial show art Building More Equitable Products | A Conversation with Carey Jenkins and Amanda Di Dio of Substantial

Masters of Product Management

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.

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The SIX Tips for Finding Product-Market Fit, with Kandis O’Brien, Co-Founder of The SIX show art The SIX Tips for Finding Product-Market Fit, with Kandis O’Brien, Co-Founder of The SIX

Masters of Product Management

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.

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What Product Managers Can Learn from Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders, with Ryan Frederick, CEO of AWH and Author of The Founder’s Manual  show art What Product Managers Can Learn from Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders, with Ryan Frederick, CEO of AWH and Author of The Founder’s Manual

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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 founders… regardless of what type or size of company a product manager works in, there are insights to be gleaned from entrepreneurs.

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Episode 30 – How Product Managers Act Like Entrepreneurs

One of the things that separate good product managers from great ones is their ability to think and act like entrepreneurs. It so happens that Bob Caporale, president of Sequent Learning Networks, and Tate Tegtmeier who’s in charge of marketing at Sequent, are hosts of their own podcast called Making it Real – a show that features stories from product entrepreneurs. Listen to a great dialogue between Steven, Bob, and Tate, to come away with some great insights about how to run your product business like a true entrepreneur!

Hosted by Steven Haines of Sequent Learning Networks.