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The Product Experience features conversations with the product people of the world, focusing on real insights of how to improve your product practice. Part of the Mind the Product network, hosts Lily Smith (ProductTank organiser and Product Consultant) & Randy Silver (Head of Product and product management trainer) "go deep" with the best speakers from ProductTank meetups all over the globe, Mind the Product conferences, and the wider product community.

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The Product Experience features conversations with the product people of the world, focusing on real insights of how to improve your product practice. Part of the Mind the Product network, hosts Lily Smith (ProductTank organiser and Product Consultant) & Randy Silver (Head of Product and product management trainer) "go deep" with the best speakers from ProductTank meetups all over the globe, Mind the Product conferences, and the wider product community.

    Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps! – Janna Bastow on The Product Experience

    Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps! – Janna Bastow on The Product Experience

    When you have questions about roadmaps, it pays to talk to someone who has spent way too much of her life thinking about them. Janna Bastow – co-founder of both Mind the Product and ProdPad – has been trying to fix the problems of roadmaps for most of her professional life. She hacked together the first version of ProdPad to solve her own problem, then began selling to other product people to help them do the same.  She joins us on this episode to give advice for anyone ready to break up with their roadmap.

    In this episode, sponsored by Amplitude, listen to learn about:



    * Roadmaps

    * Becoming outcome-driven

    * Whether every product needs a roadmap



    Quote of the Episode

    A roadmap should be something that’s human readable. It should be something that you put in front of somebody and say: “This is where we are now, this is where we think we’re going next, and here’s where we’re going with it later. You can see for yourself what problems we’re trying to tackle, and how we’re thinking of breaking those down – what do you think?”

    Related Links



    * Follow Janna on Twitter and LinkedIn

    * Janna is the co-founder & CEO of ProdPad – follow ProdPad on Twitter, and read more of her posts

    * Troubleshooting Agile – Jeffery Fredrick & Douglas Squirrel’s episode of The Product Experience

    * Killing Zombies – Lisa Long’s episode of  The Product Experience



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    * Visit The Product Experience homepage for more information and more episodes!

    * Know the perfect guest? Great! Suggest them here

    * Chat to us on Twitter or in our dedicated Mind the Product #podcast Slack channel

    * Review us on your podcast app so that we can use your feedback to be better

    * Like our theme music? It’s Hamburg-based Pau, featuring ProductTank Hamburg’s Arne Kittler!



    Our Hosts

    The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

    Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech industry working with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She’s worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery.

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    Balancing Family Life with a Career in Product Management – Shelly Kalish & Karen Hershenson on The Product Experience

    Balancing Family Life with a Career in Product Management – Shelly Kalish & Karen Hershenson on The Product Experience

    “People are hard.” That’s what Mind the Product co-founder Janna Bastow said in her keynote speech at #mtpcon in 2017. As product managers, we have to deal with demanding, unreasonable people who hold us to unrealistic standards and want everything delivered yesterday – and as a parent, you have to deal with stakeholders and team members in your home as well!

    In this episode, Product Directors Shelly Kalish and Karen Hershenson join us to talk about juggling their careers and families and share some advice on how we can all make the work environment a better one for the parents on our teams.

    In this episode, sponsored by #mtpcon Digital, listen to learn about:



    * The parallels of product management and parenting

    * Working during lockdown

    * Life as a working parent



    Quote of the Episode

    One thing that I’ve learned is to connect more. This toddler-raising course I took recently taught me: ‘Connect before you correct.’ If I can win over in a negotiation with my toddler, then I can basically win over and influence any stakeholder.

    Related Links



    * Follow Karen on Twitter and LinkedIn

    * Follow Shelly on LinkedIn, Instagram and her Website



    Get in Touch, Rate Us and More!



    * Visit The Product Experience homepage for more information and more episodes!

    * Know the perfect guest? Great! Suggest them here

    * Chat to us on Twitter or in our dedicated Mind the Product #podcast Slack channel

    * Review us on your podcast app so that we can use your feedback to be better

    * Like our theme music? It’s Hamburg-based Pau, featuring ProductTank Hamburg’s Arne Kittler!



    Our Hosts

    The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

    Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech industry working with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She’s worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank Bristol (which now has 800+ members!) and runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.

    Randy is a product consultant and coach who has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. A recovering music journalist and editor, he launched Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, and has worked across sectors including museums and arts groups, online education,

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    User Research Interviews – Robert Chokr on The Product Experience

    User Research Interviews – Robert Chokr on The Product Experience

    Talking to users is easy. Talking to them in a way that gets you useful information is hard. Using that information in a way that helps align stakeholders and teams on the path to building great products? That’s the hardest of all. Lucky for us, our guest on the podcast this week is Robert Chokr, Lead Product Manager at Careem, who has some great advice on the topic.

    In this episode, sponsored by Amplitude, listen to learn about:



    * User Research

    * Handling bias

    * Dealing with HiPPOs



    Quote of the Episode

    [US] Navy SEAL teams have a saying [for] whenever you start acquiring a new skill, like interviewing customers for example, they say “Embrace the suck.” You will suck at interviewing customers in the beginning if you’re not used to it, but embracing that suck, as the SEALs say, [means that] after the first 5 to 10 times you’re going to fly with it. It’s going to become second nature.

    Related Links



    * Follow Robert on Twitter and LinkedIn

    * Careem

    * Miro

    * ‘How to tap Into the Collective Wisdom of a Team’ article by Robert



    Get in Touch, Rate Us and More!



    * Visit The Product Experience homepage for more information and more episodes!

    * Know the perfect guest? Great! Suggest them here

    * Chat to us on Twitter or in our dedicated Mind the Product #podcast Slack channel

    * Review us on your podcast app so that we can use your feedback to be better

    * Like our theme music? It’s Hamburg-based Pau, featuring ProductTank Hamburg’s Arne Kittler!



    Our Hosts

    The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

    Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech industry working with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She’s worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank Bristol (which now has 800+ members!) and runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.

    Randy is a product consultant and coach who has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. A recovering music journalist and editor, he launched Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, and has worked across sectors including museums and arts groups, online education, media and entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s,

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    Building Products in AsiaPac – Colin Pal and Adrienne Tan on The Product Experience [rebroadcast]

    Building Products in AsiaPac – Colin Pal and Adrienne Tan on The Product Experience [rebroadcast]

    As we’ve got an Ask Me Anything session with Colin Pal coming up soon (October 14th), we’re re-broadcasting this episode from earlier in the year so that you can get to know Colin and prep some questions for him! The AMA is for Prioritised and MTP Leader members so if you’re not a member yet, join us now.

    AMA Info

    Date: October 14th

    Starts: 9am BST / 10am CEST / 4pm SGT / 7pm AEDT / 9pm NZDT

    Duration: 1 hour

    Where: Prioritised and MTP Leader members can access the AMA from their dashboards





    When you want to learn about the state of product management across Asia, there are two people who come to mind: Adrienne Tan (CEO and co-founder of Brainmates in Sydney) and Colin Pal (product consultant and ex-Chief Product Officer, Caterspot in Kuala Lumpur). With more than 25 years of experience between them, they’ve been there since the beginning, seen the evolution of the scene, and have some amazing advice to share.

    Quote of the Episode

    That tiny little widget has implications for how someone might use and conceive your product. It might have implications for how that product is positioned in the market. It doesn’t exist by itself, it exists in a bigger context… [Adrienne Tan]

    In this episode, sponsored by Amplitude, listen to learn about:



    * Product Management in Asia and Australia

    * Remote working

    * Finding, hiring, and retaining the right talent

    * How to make good user stories



    Links mentioned in this episode



    * Mind The Product APAC (took place in March 2020)

    * Follow Adrienne on LinkedIn and the Brainmates Twitter, and get more of her on the ProdPod podcast

    * Follow Colin on LinkedIn and Twitter

    * Piktochart

    * The Australia and Singapore Government digital services

    * Atlassian

    * SafetyCulture

    * Seek





    Hosts

    The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

    Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech ind...

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    Accelerate Your Product Development – William Treseder on The Product Experience

    Accelerate Your Product Development – William Treseder on The Product Experience

    In our previous episode, Adam Thomas introduced how he uses a military technique (BLUF) for prioritisation. This week, former US Marine William Treseder – now co-founder and SVP of Product at innovation consultancy BMNT – joins us to talk about how he works with Government, Defense, Academic and Corporate clients to transform their innovation culture.

    In this episode, sponsored by Amplitude, listen to learn about:



    * Internal Accelarators

    * The importance of Innovation

    * Design Sprints



    Quote of the Episode

    Trying to deliver innovation, that was actually my problem – I thought it was something that I could bring in from the outside, vs realising it was something that needs to come from within the organisation. The tools used can be from outside, but ultimately it needs to be something that’s driven internally.

    Related Links



    * Follow William on Twitter and LinkedIn

    * Check out BMNT, the firm William co-founded.

    * Jake Knapp’s approach to Design Sprints, as featured on Mind The Product, and in his book, Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems And Test Big Ideas In Just Five Days

    * Jonathan Courtney’s episode on The Product Experience, How To Rock Your Workshops 



    Get in Touch, Rate Us and More!



    * Visit The Product Experience homepage for more information and more episodes!

    * Know the perfect guest? Great! Suggest them here

    * Chat to us on Twitter or in our dedicated Mind the Product #podcast Slack channel

    * Review us on your podcast app so that we can use your feedback to be better

    * Like our theme music? It’s Hamburg-based Pau, featuring ProductTank Hamburg’s Arne Kittler!



    Our Hosts

    The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

    Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech industry working with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She’s worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through ...

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    BLUF Your Way to Success – Adam Thomas on The Product Experience

    BLUF Your Way to Success – Adam Thomas on The Product Experience

    The one thing every product person needs is a new acronym that comes from the military, and Adam Thomas is here to help. Sarcasm aside, Adam’s made good use of the BLUF technique: Bottom Line Up Front, a short template, clearly laying out what the team is working on and how they plan to do it. He joined us for a chat about alignment, how this complements Mat LeMay’s One Page/One Hour approach, and why his template stretches onto a second page.

    In this episode, sponsored by Amplitude,



    * Everything you ever wanted to know about alignment

    * The difference between Epics and Initiatives



    Quote of the Episode

    Any system starts to fall back into disorder given any amount of time, and alignment is prone to entropy like any other system.



    * Follow Adam on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube

    * Adam’s Website – and his new consultancy, Approaching One

    * Initiative template for BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front)

    * Product Work Beyond Product-Market Fit article

    * Chris Butler – Your Strategy is Too Sacred article 

    The Pyramid Principle – Barbara Minto

    John Cutler, Why Happier Autonomous Teams Use One-Pagers

    Matt LeMay on The Product Experience

    Seth Godin’s take on Thrashing



    Get in Touch, Rate Us and More!



    * Visit The Product Experience homepage for more information and more episodes!

    * Know the perfect guest? Great! Suggest them here

    * Chat to us on Twitter or in our dedicated Mind the Product #podcast Slack channel

    * Review us on your podcast app so that we can use your feedback to be better

    * Like our theme music? It’s Hamburg-based Pau, featuring ProductTank Hamburg’s Arne Kittler!



     

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