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Product management podcasts

I often am asked for a list of my suggested product podcasts. So here it is — the full list I currently subscribe to.

As content varies per podcast, I don’t have particular favourites, so listen to what engages you and is relevant to your product learning and needs.

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Steve Jobs on product design

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want.

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Product Management at Central 1 Credit Union

highres_258439212I had the pleasure of speaking last night at the inaugural Product Management meetup here in Vancouver. For those interested, here’s a copy of my presentation on Product Management at Central 1. Thanks so much for all the great questions and positive feedback on my presentation.

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Product Management User Experience

In order to create a truly innovative product

Three things:

  • Study the tasks people use a product for
  • Turn those tasks into a series of steps the person follows to get the task done
  • Finally, start eliminating steps

That’s it. Innovative products eliminate the friction of doing a task.

Source: — Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products, by Denis J. Hauptly

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On product management

Great quote from Satya Patel (formerly of Twitter):

“Product management isn’t a role or a function, it’s a set of skills. Those skills help remove obstacles and grease the wheels so that the functional experts can do their jobs best. Product management also balances the needs of users, the business and the team and makes the difficult tradeoffs needed to keep pressing ahead. In that way, Product Managers are very similar to CEOs. Very few would argue that a company doesn’t need a CEO. Product managers are simply CEOs of their products. No organization should be without someone who has ‘product management skills’ and works to make everyone else’s lives easier.”

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On risk

Adventure without risk is Disneyland — Doug Coupland

I’ve been working on a big project for the past 2+ years and we’ve recently hit some bumps. Most of the bumps come down to risk. Risk is a funny thing. It makes people scared. It makes people worry. It raises issues of accountability, responsibility and a number of big decisions for those involved. But most interestingly, it seems to paralyze.

If you deal with risk, you need to find ways to overcome paralysis. If you can’t be brave, committed, make bold moves and be willing to try new things — even when the going gets tough — then you should look for other work. This is a risky world, but without risk it’s just Disneyland.

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ProductCamp Vancouver presentation

I had a great day yesterday at the first ever ProductCamp Vancouver. Lots of great information sharing and networking with various people both local and beyond.

My presentation, UX for Product Managers, is below. Thanks to everyone who attended and for all your feedback.