134 episodes

This is a podcast for people interested in building or designing tech products.

At least once a week, I speak to product managers, product leaders, product marketers, UX professionals, and anyone else involved in product management and product delivery.

Come and listen to some great conversations and get inspired!

Listen on your favourite podcast app or on https://www.oneknightinproduct.com

One Knight in Product One Knight in Product

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This is a podcast for people interested in building or designing tech products.

At least once a week, I speak to product managers, product leaders, product marketers, UX professionals, and anyone else involved in product management and product delivery.

Come and listen to some great conversations and get inspired!

Listen on your favourite podcast app or on https://www.oneknightinproduct.com

    Build Products Businesses Want with the Lean B2B Pyramid (with Étienne Garbugli, Author ”Lean B2B”, ”Find your Market” and ”Solving Product”)

    Build Products Businesses Want with the Lean B2B Pyramid (with Étienne Garbugli, Author ”Lean B2B”, ”Find your Market” and ”Solving Product”)

    An interview with Étienne Garbugli. Étienne is the lead instructor and CEO of Lean B2B, and a three-time startup founder. He's the author of three books: "Find your Market", "Solving Product" and "Lean B2B". The latter book is out for a second edition, and we decided to talk all about it.

    We speak about a lot, including:

    How the second edition has gone down, why there's a second edition at all and why this book matters to B2B entrepreneurs & product managers
    How the book can help both non-technical, subject matter expert startup founders as well as tech-first founders with little to no B2B experience
    The Lean B2B methodology, represented by its handy pyramid and key considerations at the various levels
    Vision: How to systematise your product vision, where to get started, and whether you need a Eureka moment
    Market: Working out who your target market is, the perils of going too wide, and how many people don't even really know what a market is
    Jury: Getting your buyers, approvers, users and even veto-ers together to ensure there's a good reception for your proposition
    Needs: The merits of good customer discovery and why we need to understand our buyers and sellers
    Offer: How to factor in risks, associated costs to your value proposition, and why it's important to separate the value from the specific solution
    Solution: How to get your MVP into the hands of early adopters, and whether all types of B2B customer are ready for MVPs


    What happens after the pyramid once you've validated your solution, and what product/market fit really means in a B2B sense

    And much more!

     
    A brief interruption from my sponsor - me!
    I'm terrible at asking for money but if you would like to throw any spare change at me to prevent me having to read out tiresome generic podcast ads, you can buy me a coffee. If not, I love you all anyway!

    Buy "Lean B2B"
    "The second edition of Lean B2B is the result of years of research into B2B entrepreneurship. It builds off the unique Lean B2B Methodology, which has already helped thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators around the world build successful businesses. "
     
    Visit The Book Website for more info, and links to Étienne's other books.

    Contact Étienne
    You can find Étienne on LinkedIn, Twitter or visit his website.

    • 45 min
    Coming Out as Transgender at Work and How We Can All Be Better Allies (with Saielle DaSilva, Director of User Experience @ Cazoo)

    Coming Out as Transgender at Work and How We Can All Be Better Allies (with Saielle DaSilva, Director of User Experience @ Cazoo)

    About the Episode
    An interview with Saielle DaSilva. Saielle is Director of User Experience at Cazoo, an online car marketplace. Saielle believes in "putting the soft back into software", is a well regarded conference speaker, and also came out as a transgender woman to her friends & colleagues a few months ago.

    We speak about a lot, including:

    Her work at Cazoo, helping to transform a traditional industry for the good of users & the planet, and what "putting the soft into software" really means
    The start of her journey, how long she's known she's a woman and how no one chooses to be transgender for fun or because of peer pressure
    Her disappointment with celebrities that she used to admire or support, how transgender people are unfairly labelled by people with zero knowledge, and how everyone should be humble enough to do the work and learn to be better
    The transition roadmap - how she got ready, the step-by-step approach she took, how she was happy to find people were generally supportive and not as hateful as the mainstream media often portray
    The letter she wrote to her colleagues when she came out at work, the level of detail she went into, types of inappropriate questions transgender women get and her desire to avoid living "reality TV" transgender
    How troublesome the "Hugh Grant" style bumbling apology for misgendering your colleagues can be, and why you should just apologise and move on
    What we can all do, both through our company culture and our own actions to ensure we foster a diverse, welcoming workplace and help our transgender colleagues feel accepted & safe

    And much more!

     
    Donate to Saielle's fundraiser
    Saielle is undergoing further surgery to help with her transition. If you would like to donate, please check out Saielle's fundraiser.

    Donate to gender diverse charities
    If you want to donate to charities that support gender diverse charities, check out Mermaids in the UK, or The Trevor Project in the US.

    Contact Saielle
    You can reach out to Saielle on Twitter or visit her blog.

    • 45 min
    Your Product is a Joke - How to use Improv Comedy Principles in Product Management (with Amogh Sarda, Co-founder @ Eesel)

    Your Product is a Joke - How to use Improv Comedy Principles in Product Management (with Amogh Sarda, Co-founder @ Eesel)

    About the Episode
    An interview with Amogh Sarda. Amogh is a former Atlassian and Intercom product manager turned company founder with Eesel, a company that aims to take the pain away from managing your documents. He's also a keen improv comedian, and believes there are similarities between how you create an improv skit and how you make a winning product.

    We speak about a lot, including:

    The story behind founding Eesel, how they're trying to make finding your own documents as easy as finding President Obama's shoe size, and whether they can save us from Slack thread hell
    The pros & cons of starting a company with a founder who lives 10 hours' time difference away, and how to make it work for you
    The jump from big structured product company to startup life, how you have to identify your ground truths as well as accept the layers of uncertainty that will evolve as you go and making sure you don't change everything all the time
    How you should bring nuance to product principles, what this means and why sometimes it's worth spending some time in the solution space and working back to the problems
    His love of improv comedy, how he got into it, and how it maps to product management practices more than you might think:
    The base reality - working out where you're at and the unarguable truths of your situation
    The game - the key insights or ways that you can affect the base reality
    The funny scene / a great product - executing and bringing it all home
    The importance of keeping it simple, not getting sidetracked or going after everything you could



    And much more!

     
    A brief interruption from my sponsor - me!
    I'm terrible at asking for money but if you would like to throw any spare change at me to prevent me having to read out tiresome generic podcast ads, you can buy me a coffee. If not, I love you all anyway!

    Contact Amogh
    You can find Amogh on Twitter or check his blog, The Paperclip.

    • 35 min
    Diving into the Deep End as a Woman in Product (with Darby Maloney, Product Manager @ Divvy & Occasional Swimming Pool User)

    Diving into the Deep End as a Woman in Product (with Darby Maloney, Product Manager @ Divvy & Occasional Swimming Pool User)

    An interview with Darby Maloney. Darby is a product manager and an avid TikToker who made an innocuous video about product management for her non tech friends and was all of a sudden centre stage for tech bros across TikTok and Twitter, getting criticised for being a woman in tech, for being a woman in a pool, for being a product manager and just about everything else.

    We talk about a lot, including:

    How she made the move into product management from customer support, got that tricky first product management job by putting extra hours in on top of her day job, and the importance of finding good mentors to help you along the way
    The story behind that video, why she was making a video about product management with a laptop in a swimming pool in the first place, and whether she stands behind her (and her colleague's) description of product management
    The three main types of criticism she got after the video went viral, how much of that was about her being a woman, how much was about her being a product manager and the crass double standards it exposed
    The effect of the abuse on her mental & emotional state, and how she started to worry about her job and the credibility that she had to work so hard for
    How young women in general have to work extra hard, in a way that young men don't tend to have to do, to prove that they're intelligent, reliable and good at their job
    How she tried to give due credit to engineers & designers for doing the "impressive" work and it why it was disappointing to be attacked in return
    The supportive comments that she got after the hate, how much this meant to her and how some people got in touch to admit wrongdoing and that they'd changed their minds
    Whether she's going to double down on tech videos in future, and if she does whether she'll do the next ones in a serious looking room with lots of books behind her

    And much more!

    A brief interruption from my sponsor - me!

    I'm terrible at asking for money but if you would like to throw any spare change at me to prevent me having to read out tiresome generic podcast ads, buy me a coffee. If not, I love you all anyway!

    The infamous swimming pool video and the rebuttals
    Here's the original video that started it all off.

    The swimming pool video

    Darby also posted two follow up videos:

    Rebuttal 1 Rebuttal 2

    Contact Darby
    You can find Darby on TikTok or Instagram.

    We're also trying to get her to spend more time on Twitter!

    • 38 min
    Mapping your Way to B2B Product Success (with Daniel Elizalde, author ”The B2B Innovator’s Map”)

    Mapping your Way to B2B Product Success (with Daniel Elizalde, author ”The B2B Innovator’s Map”)

    An interview with Daniel Elizalde. Daniel is a Product Advisor to ClimateTech product teams and long time IoT guru. He's also recently decided to tackle some of the problems B2B product managers have getting their ideas to market. He's tackling this with his own podcast as well as new book "The B2B Innovator's Map".

    We speak about a lot, including:

    Why he decided to write his new book now, and how he tried to make it actionable and fresh with numerous real world examples from his own career and long experience consulting with B2B firms
    How the vast majority of B2B innovations fail, how his book aims to offer a solution to this and give a process to enable B2B product leaders to get from zero to their first ten customers (and who those ten customers should be)
    How his experience in Climate Tech has helped him come up with recommendations on how to frame seemingly esoteric B2B products in ways that resonate with those customers' real problems and drawing a line back to real world ROI
    The six stages of the B2B Innovators' Map (Strategic Alignment, Market Discovery, User Discovery, Solution Planning, Prototyping, Early Adopters), what they involve and when to double back
    The importance of cutting your losses with Early Adopters, and not succumbing to the temptation to do absolutely anything to keep a customer on board if you've proved it doesn't make sense for you in the wider context of your product
    The risks of coming to the end of the process with a niche product for a limited audience, and how to make sure that the things you're building are made generic for an entire market
    What comes after the B2B Innovator's Map and the importance of aligning next steps with your leadership team to take your learnings to the big time

    And much more!

     
    Buy "The B2B Innovator's Map"
    "Most new enterprise software products fail to generate a profit. They fail not because of technical challenges, lack of funding, or market conditions. Instead, new products fail because most companies build products that don’t satisfy a market need, so customers don’t buy them. The B2B Innovator’s Map is your practical guide to taming uncertainty and discovering opportunities to develop products your customers will be eager to buy."
     
    Visit The Book Website for more info.

    Contact Daniel
    You can find Daniel on LinkedIn or DanielElizalde.com.

    • 40 min
    Betting on the Value of Product Design at the Organisational Poker Table (with Andy Budd, Executive & Design Leadership Coach & Founder @ Clearleft)

    Betting on the Value of Product Design at the Organisational Poker Table (with Andy Budd, Executive & Design Leadership Coach & Founder @ Clearleft)

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    About this Episode
    An interview with Andy Budd. Andy is the founder of Clearleft, one of the UK's original design consultancies. He's now an in demand speaker, thought leader and advisor on the topics of design & entrepreneurship.

    We speak about a lot, including:

    The story behind his departure from day-to-day operations at Clearleft, how he believes that startup founders have a shelf life as CEO, and the importance of bringing new blood into the company as you scale
    The problems with getting design practices changed in established companies and why he's focusing now on going back to basics with early stage startups and working with founders to instill good design practices from the beginning
    Why it's important to get design into the startup as early as possible to apply structure and rigour, but how many founders have done more product discovery than we give them credit for
    How early product managers in founder-run startups are often brought in as the equivalent of short order chefs and the folly of trying to turn McDonalds in to a Michelin starred restaurant
    The common situation when early founders being people into the company to help apply process, get frustrated when everything slows down but how it's fair enough for founders to feel this since it's ultimately their business on the line
    How most companies should probably do more research but how most product designers should be more pragmatic and realise that ultimately they can help to sustain the business with less-than-perfect designs
    The trouble that product & design people can have getting to the top table, the things they might need to do to get there and how product & design teams are playing chess while the rest of the leadership team are playing poker

    And much more!

    Contact Andy
    You can find Andy on Twitter or check out andybudd.com

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Your Product Knight in Shining Armor!

One Knight in Product is a newfound favorite! ⚔️ Excellent content, delivered in an easy to consume format... no matter the topic, I gain something from every episode! Thanks so much for the awesome insights, Jason - keep up the great work!

Dan Balcauski ,

Highly recommended

Jason is an excellent interviewer who gets valuable information/key points while still keeping things conversational. Each episode's filled with real insights and actionable advice. Highly recommend that you subscribe and listen to this show!

aakashg ,

Improve as a Product Person by Listening to This!

Marty Cagan, Jackie Bavaro… and then a year of amazing insights. Jason is crushing the game with this podcast. Listen to grow faster in your career.

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