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Path2Product's Mission is to bridge the gap in product management experience for aspiring product managers, so the Lessons In Product Management podcast is here to support that effort, as well as provide valuable insights to existing PMs and PM leaders.

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Path2Product's Mission is to bridge the gap in product management experience for aspiring product managers, so the Lessons In Product Management podcast is here to support that effort, as well as provide valuable insights to existing PMs and PM leaders.

    Stakeholder Empathy - Never ASSUME Stakeholder Priorities

    Stakeholder Empathy - Never ASSUME Stakeholder Priorities

    Be sure to join the free community at MentorMesh.io and check out the PM Career Accelerator from MentorMesh. 

    On this episode, I dive into the topic of stakeholder empathy. Assuming stakeholder priorities is the antithesis to empathy. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to start building trust with stakeholders and creating alignment for your organization as a PM. 

    In this conversation I cover:


    Internal Stakeholders - the Product Team
    Internal Stakeholders - your Cross-Functional Partners
    External Stakeholders - your customers or users

    And I give a few questions to be asking to each group to start generating empathy and aligning your efforts as a PM. Enjoy!

    If you want to become a member of Path2Product.io, it's free to sign up. Just click the link and come on in!


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    • 16 min
    How To Level Up Your PM Career - Featuring Jae Taylor - Staff PM @ Twitter and former Director of Product @ Salesforce

    How To Level Up Your PM Career - Featuring Jae Taylor - Staff PM @ Twitter and former Director of Product @ Salesforce

    Don't forget to check out mentormesh.io and check out the PM Career Accelerator if you're looking to break into Product!

    Here's what we discussed:


    How Jae started in Tech without a degree or connections and transitioned from engineering manager to Sr. PM at Microsoft to launch his PM career
    Why Jae started the MentorMesh.io platform and the goal of the community
    What an entrepreneurial mindset is and why it’s so important to PMs
    The need to start building something now and how impactful that is to landing your first PM role
    To get started as a PM before you become one, go find a problem and fix it
    How building an MVP doesn’t always require code
    The importance to always pursue growth. Always!
    Why the MentorMesh accelerator program is so powerful
    The importance of community
    And the power of curiosity and asking really good questions

    Connect with Jae:

    LinkedIn




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    • 22 min
    Good PMs Never Assume Development Effort

    Good PMs Never Assume Development Effort

    Accelerate your path to product by joining us at Path2Product to get the hands-on experience you need to land your first Product job. 

    On this episode, I break down why you should never assume development effort. Save yourself some headache and heartache. Save your developers some stress. And save your cross-functional partners the disappointment. 


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    • 11 min
    How Product Management Can Collaborate More Effectively With UX, featuring Zach Daley - UX Design Lead

    How Product Management Can Collaborate More Effectively With UX, featuring Zach Daley - UX Design Lead

    On today's episode, Zach Daley joins us again to share insights on the opportunities he sees for Product and UX to collaborate more effectively. 

    Here's what we discussed:


    Zach's role as a design lead and how it's structured like a "player-coach" type of role
    The overlap and collaborative nature of the UX and PM relationship
    And the differences between UX and PM and who "owns" which pieces
    Why UX and PM might share user research but why UX MUST lead it
    How UX should own and have the biggest stake in the overall User Experience
    The tricky balance between deadlines and the time it takes to validate good UX
    Why the agent/principle problem between product teams and executives/boards can create tensions
    How PMs can help their UX counterparts
    The need for PMs to have understanding of the UX practice and goals
    And why UX should care about business goals


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    • 28 min
    Never Assume Executives Are Correct

    Never Assume Executives Are Correct

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    Okay, I know this might sound controversial, but hey... our jobs as PMs are not to be order-takers. Our jobs are to prioritize customer problems that align to driving business outcomes. If our executives press us to prioritize things that would limit our ability to do those two things, then we should push back. Enjoy the episode as I relate this topic to the first three and how to help prevent top-down dictates in your PM role.  


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    • 9 min
    Creating Products for Product People, Featuring Heather James - Founder of Product-Led Alliance

    Creating Products for Product People, Featuring Heather James - Founder of Product-Led Alliance

    Identifying gaps in the market and building solutions to fill those gaps to solve customer problems is a key part of product management. On today's episode, Heather James, Founder of the Product-Led Alliance, dropped by the pod to share how and why she Founded the Product-Led Alliance, the gap she saw in the market, and how she and the PLA team are filling those gaps.

    Here's what we discussed:


    The launch of PLA's new podcast, "For the Love of Product"
    What you'll get by joining the Product-Led Alliance community
    The gap in the market that PLA is setting out to fill
    How Heather views PLG, and how it's broader than traditional SaaS businesses
    Why it's important to PM your career with a roadmap for growth
    The stages/themes of the Product-Led Festival
    Diversity and why it's so critical for creating great products
    How Heather came to decide on a conference for Product Ops and how curiosity was the driver behind it

    Connect with PLA:

    Heather on LinkedIn

    Product-Led Alliance

    PLA Slack

    Product-Led Festival


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    • 18 min

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