In this episode of the How to Succeed in Product Management Podcast, marketing professor Jeff Shulman and The Product Management Center advisory board members Red Russak and Soumeya Benghanem welcome Josh Haftel (Adobe) and Ben Waddle (Expedia) to talk about creating a product out of an idea by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable ones for a faster turn around and quickly get customer feedback, and how product managers need to work with their team instead of managing it.
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What to Listen For:
01:10 A PMs job is finding clarity and then creating alignment
06:35 The Discovery and Framing framework
09:58 Always start at the fundamentals
15:01 Take the big things down and break them down
17:47 Fail quickly then go into future iterations
19:53 What kind of experimentation should you be doing?
25:31 Pick a problem that you might have some passion for
28:12 Come up with hypotheses about why something's going to work versus why it's not going to work
30:39 Look for skills that your team currently don’t have
33:34 Understand who you need to influence and tailor your work products accordingly
38:38 Start with what outcomes matter to the audience you’re speaking to
42:52 The fastest way to get something into the hands of the customers
45:30 Break down big assumptions into smaller ones
50:23 Partner with your team to arrive at the best solution
52:55 As a product manager, you don’t manage anybody