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MPM 030: How Product Managers Act Like Entrepreneurs

Masters of Product Management

Release Date: 03/19/2018

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

Masters of Product Management

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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The Democratization of Design, with Florian van Schreven, co-Founder and COO of Uizard show art The Democratization of Design, with Florian van Schreven, co-Founder and COO of Uizard

Masters of Product Management

Design, of course, is a critical part of product development. It’s where the ideas in our heads start to take shape in the real world. These days, there are still the proverbial - and literal - ideas sketched on napkins, but technology is making it so that even the non-designers can express ideas in effective mockups and prototypes. While the expertise of designer and UX professionals is still paramount, everyone in the product management ecosystem can and should be a part of the critical function of design. In this episode, we discuss the democratization of design with Florian van Schreven,...

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The Importance of Innovation for Legacy Products and Brands, with Ebony Shears, Vice President of Product, Forbes show art The Importance of Innovation for Legacy Products and Brands, with Ebony Shears, Vice President of Product, Forbes

Masters of Product Management

All products have a lifespan. Some products live for a year or so. Some products - especially those attached to iconic brands - can live for decades or longer! Legacy products and brands - those that have stood the test of time and carved a place for themselves in their marketplaces -  often have a built-in credibility and can even have a sort of product folklore about them, but just like every product, these legacy products still must from time to time reinvent themselves to ensure they are continuously meeting ever-changing market dynamics and customer needs.

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How Being a Standup Comedian Taught Me How to Be a Great Product Manager, with Deepak Paramanand, Product Lead at Hitachi Europe show art How Being a Standup Comedian Taught Me How to Be a Great Product Manager, with Deepak Paramanand, Product Lead at Hitachi Europe

Masters of Product Management

Many experiences can help product managers hone their skills... including stand-up comedy! In this episode, Deepak Paramanand shares how learning how to find jokes that will land with his audience helped him become a better product manager.

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Getting Started with Jobs to be Done, with Mike Belsito, co-Founder of Product Collective show art Getting Started with Jobs to be Done, with Mike Belsito, co-Founder of Product Collective

Masters of Product Management

Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) has become one of the most discussed frameworks among product people. Yet while it's simple in nature, JTBD is often misunderstood, making it difficult for some to begin applying it. In this episode, we'll discuss what JTBD is and how to get started.

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The Product Leader's Role in M&A, with Jodi McDermott, Chief Product Officer at Dude Solutions show art The Product Leader's Role in M&A, with Jodi McDermott, Chief Product Officer at Dude Solutions

Masters of Product Management

An organization’s product leader plays a significant role in mergers and acquisitions activities - from both the buy side and sell side. In this conversation, Jodi McDermott shares her experience as a product executive during multiple acquisitions.

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The Role of Product Manager for Non-Software Products show art The Role of Product Manager for Non-Software Products

Masters of Product Management

Is the product manager role different for a physical product than for a software product? My answer is that most of the role is the same, but there are some real nuances that matter. In this episode, I discuss a couple of differences that product managers who own physical products encounter and ways they can be successful.

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The Superpower of Neurodiversity & How It Can Make Every Product Team Better show art The Superpower of Neurodiversity & How It Can Make Every Product Team Better

Masters of Product Management

Neurodiversity - having a team whose minds and brains work differently from each other - can be a superpower for organizations, leading to more innovation and better products. Marton Gaspar, The Product Whisper, joins us on this episode to discuss what companies can do to leverage this superpower. More information on neurodiversity in tech and product at product-whisperer.com.

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We All Start Somewhere - Carving Your Career Path in Product Management, with Mamuna Oladipo, SVP Product, Design, & Engineering, Kickstarter show art We All Start Somewhere - Carving Your Career Path in Product Management, with Mamuna Oladipo, SVP Product, Design, & Engineering, Kickstarter

Masters of Product Management

While there are a few product management degrees popping up in universities these days - which is great, by the way - generally speaking, none of us get a degree in product management and then start our careers in a product manager role straight out of university. We start from somewhere else… be it sales or marketing or engineering. Or we have a completely different path like this episode's guest, Mamuna Oladipo, SVP of Product Design & Engineering at Kickstarter. We discuss how to move into product management from a “non-traditional” path and how to make the most of every role and...

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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.