208 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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    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

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

    Dean Peters' Hot Take - There's More to be Said About the Instagram-ification of Product Management (with Dean Peters, Principal Consultant & Trainer @ Productside)

    Dean Peters' Hot Take - There's More to be Said About the Instagram-ification of Product Management (with Dean Peters, Principal Consultant & Trainer @ Productside)

    Dean Peters is a former opera singer turned product management leader, coach and educator who works with Productside to uplevel teams.
    His hot take? That there's more to say about the Instagram-ification of product management, the root causes and contributory factors.
    If you'd like to appear on Hot Takes, please grab a time!

    A message from this episode's sponsor - June
    This episode is sponsored by June. June is a user retention hub for early-stage B2B SaaS companies that enables early-stage B2B SaaS companies to understand and act on their product usage, dig into activation, churn and key feature usage. Check out June here.


    Related episodes you should like:

    Survive the Feature Factory by Applying Product Thinking to Product Thinking (John Cutler, Product Evangelist & Coach @ Amplitude)
    The Five Dysfunctions of Product Management Teams (Saeed Khan, Founder @ Transformation Labs)
    Practice Makes Perfect: Embracing the Messy Reality of Product Management (Matt LeMay, Product Management Consultant & Author "Product Management in Practice")
    John Cutler's Hot Take - The Instagram-ification of Product Management is Driving us Crazy (John Cutler, Product Educator & Author @ The Beautiful Mess)
    Applying Product Management Principles to Life (Miloš Belčević, Author "Build Your Way")
    Nils Davis's Hot Take - Product Managers Need to Tell Better Stories on their Resumes (Nils Davis, Resume Coach & Go-to-Market Consultant @ Confidence & Impact LLC)
    Debbie Levitt's Hot Take - Democratising our Work means AI is Going to Steal all our Jobs Sooner (Debbie Levitt, CXO @ DeltaCX and Author "Customers Know You Suck")
    Build Better Products at Scale with Product Operations (Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles, Product Consultants & Co-authors "Product Operations")

    • 23 min
    Accelerating Your Product Leadership Job Hunt (with Aakash Gupta, Author "Product Growth" Newsletter)

    Accelerating Your Product Leadership Job Hunt (with Aakash Gupta, Author "Product Growth" Newsletter)

    Aakash Gupta is a product leader turned author and professional newsletter writer, with a huge following on LinkedIn and Twitter. He writes regularly on product management principles, and personal and career growth and recently put out an article about nailing the product leadership job search. We also recently collaborated on an article about fractional product leadership! In this interview, I spoke to Aakash about his journey into full-time content creation and some of the lessons he learned about the product leadership job search.
    Episode highlights:
     
    1. The product leadership job market is slowly coming back to life
    It's been tough out there, and loads of amazing people have been laid off and struggled to find new roles. Some might doubt they'll ever get another job again! But there are good and great jobs available if you know where to look.
    2. Many of the best jobs aren't advertised in public and relationshps are everything
    There's a "dark web" of networking and personal relationships, without which you might struggle to get introduced to some of the jobs. At the highest level, the majority of jobs are not posted publicly. Whether you like it or not, you need to play the game and build strategic relationships with boutique recruiters and especially investors.
    3. You need to prioritise the type of job you want and it's not all about money
    Most people are trying to optimise for something in their new job. Maybe it's a big pay packet. Maybe it's a mission they believe in. Maybe it's the stage of company, influence and impact. There's no wrong answer, but make sure you know what you're getting yourself into and what success looks like.
    4. Try to make your career look linear to land the role you want
    Many of us have squiggly careers and we've bounced between industries or types of company. This is fine, but if you're looking to get a job in a particular niche then you need to optimise your career narrative to tell a story about why YOU are the person for that niche.
    5. Many leaders are still biased towards Big Tech employees, but you can beat the odds
    Some founders or business leaders will always prioritise someone with a stellar name on their CV, and this can leave people who have worked for lesser-known companies feeling adrift. However, you can take a strategic view of your job search, outwork and outsmart your competition.
    Contact Aakash
    You can catch up with Aakash on LinkedIn, or Twitter or check out his newsletter.

    Related episodes you should like:

    Connecting Product Management to Business Goals by Mastering your Product Strategy (Gabrielle Bufrem, Product Leadership Coach & Advisor)
    Moving Beyond Founder-Led Product Development & Setting PMs up for Success (Jennifer Yang-Wong, VP of Product @ Contrary)
    How to Build Products when the Founder IS the Product (Saagar Bains, Fractional Product Leader & Former Head of Product @ The Body Coach)
    Landing That Perfect Role by Finding Your Inevitable Edge (Erika Klics, Job Search Strategist & Founder @ ErikaKlics.com)
    Supporting the Next Generation of Female Product Managers with Women in Product UK (Namrata Sarmah, Founder @ Women in Product UK & CPO @ INTO)
    Making our Product Teams Stronger through Building Communities of Practice (Petra Wille, Author "Strong Product People" and "Strong Product Communities")
    Nils Davis's Hot Take - Product Managers Need to Tell Better Stories on Their Resumes (Nils Davis, Resume Coach & Go-to-Market Consultant @ Confidence & Impact LLC)
    Transforming your Organisation to the Product Operating Model (Marty Cagan, Author "Inspired", "Empowered" and "Transformed")

    • 58 min
    Nils Davis's Hot Take - Product Managers Need to Tell Better Stories on their Resumes (with Nils Davis, Resume Coach & Go-to-Market Consultant @ Confidence & Impact LLC)

    Nils Davis's Hot Take - Product Managers Need to Tell Better Stories on their Resumes (with Nils Davis, Resume Coach & Go-to-Market Consultant @ Confidence & Impact LLC)

    Nils Davis is a resume coach who wants product managers to realise they're AMAZING, and help others realise it too.
    His hot take? That the majority of product managers are doing themselves a disservice by producing resumes that simply list a bunch of tasks that pretty much all product managers have done.
    If you'd like to appear on Hot Takes, please grab a time at https://www.oneknightinproduct.com/hot
    Visit Nils's site: https://perfectpmresume.com/Nils on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nilsdavis/

    • 19 min
    John Cutler's Hot Take - The Instagram-ification of Product Management is Driving us Crazy (with John Cutler, Product Educator & Author @ The Beautiful Mess)

    John Cutler's Hot Take - The Instagram-ification of Product Management is Driving us Crazy (with John Cutler, Product Educator & Author @ The Beautiful Mess)

    John Cutler is a systems overthinker, product educator and author of "The Beautiful Mess" newsletter.
    His hot take? That the Instagram-ification of product management sets unrealistic standards, and is driving us all crazy.
    If you'd like to appear on Hot Takes, please grab a time!
     
     

    • 25 min
    Debbie Levitt's Hot Take - Democratising our Work means AI is Going to Steal all our Jobs Sooner (with Debbie Levitt, CXO @ DeltaCX and Author "Customers Know You Suck")

    Debbie Levitt's Hot Take - Democratising our Work means AI is Going to Steal all our Jobs Sooner (with Debbie Levitt, CXO @ DeltaCX and Author "Customers Know You Suck")

    Debbie Levitt is a UX and CX consultant, the author of a few books, including "Customers Know You Suck" and runs a thriving community of UX professionals.
    Her hot take?
    That if we are all fine doing each other's jobs (and maybe not doing them well) then AI can do all of our jobs today.
    Also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT5IBKsIE-E&ab_channel=OneKnightinProduct
     

    • 18 min
    Build Better Products at Scale with Product Operations (with Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles, Product Consultants & Co-authors "Product Operations")

    Build Better Products at Scale with Product Operations (with Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles, Product Consultants & Co-authors "Product Operations")

    Melissa Perri is the renowned author of "Escaping the Build Trap" and a well-known product consultant and educator. She has worked for a long time with Denise Tilles, another seasoned product leader, with whom she has been evangelising Product Operations to help scale product companies effectively. They recently collaborated on a book, coincidentally called "Product Operations", and we spoke all about the story behind the book and the themes within it.

    Saeed Khan and I are planning a new course - please give us your feedback!
    The relationship between product management and sales teams is traditionally tricky, and a common complaint from B2B PMs. Saeed Khan and I are looking to help with this with an online course and we'd love your feedback on your relationship with sales. This will help shape the course and, if you want to take part when the course is ready, we'll give you a special discount.
    Please fill in the survey here. Thanks!

    Episode highlights:
     
    1. Product Operations is about helping product managers make faster, better-quality decisions
    It's important to dispel the myth of multi-armed product managers who can just do everything. There's too much for everyone to do! This creates barriers to doing great product management work and pulls product managers away from doing the real, value-add product management work that they're judged on.
    2. There are three pillars of product operations...
    The three pillars are ways to think about how to organise enablement. They are "Business & Data Insights", "Customer & Market Insights" and "Process and Practices". They are all the foundation of good product decision-making, and all companies will have a certain level of maturity already.
    3. ... But you don't need to build all the pillars all at once
    You don't need to fix everything at once. If you already have good capabilities in one or more areas, fix the ones that you don't have good capabilities in! You don't need to boil the ocean, just find the biggest gaps and opportunities to improve, and start to work on them.
    4. Process shouldn't be seen as a dirty word
    There's such a thing as too much process but, even if you don't call it process or try to define it, all work involves a process. It's important to have people to oversee the process at scale, prevent duplication or rework, and make sure that process is right-sized rather than ever-expanding.
    5. The first step is being honest about your current state
    There are plenty of ways to go with product operations as you scale, but the most important thing is being really honest with yourself about what your most important limiting factors are, what your product managers are spending time on and what's going to work for you.
    Check out "Product Operations"
    "Many companies want to reap the benefits of economies of scale that comes with being a product-led company. As our businesses change shape to focus more on software, so do our ways of working. We need to make sure we’re breaking down these silos of information and capabilities that arise at scale. To react quickly and set great Product Strategies, leaders and team members alike need access to high-quality data and a process to implement their decisions."
    Check it out on Amazon or the book website.
    Check out "Escaping the Build Trap"
    "To stay competitive in today’s market, organizations need to adopt a culture of customer-centric practices that focus on outcomes rather than outputs. Companies that live and die by outputs often fall into the "build trap," cranking out features to meet their schedule rather than the customer’s needs. In this book, Melissa Perri explains how laying the foundation for great product management can help companies solve real customer problems while achieving business goals. "
    Check it out on Amazon.
    Contact Melissa & Denise
    You can catch up with Melissa at melissaperri.com, check out https://productinstitute.com or follow her on LinkedIn.
    You can catch up with Denise at denisetilles

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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.

JR Font ,

Fresh and Inspiring!

Jason has done an excellent job putting together this podcast. I get pulled into the conversation with he and his guests, and I’ve enjoyed each episode I’ve listened to. Would definitely recommend giving this podcast a try if you’re in or want to be in product management

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