December 10

Favorite Podcasts of the year

As we continue our retrospective of 2021, we wanted to highlight some podcasts released over the past year. Some of these podcasts focus on product management, while others take a broader view but occasionally dip into topics of interest to product managers. So charge up your favorite earbuds, stay calm and listen on.

Andrew Chen — Metaverse, metrics, and meerkats. In this episode of the Tim Ferriss Show, Tim talks to Andrew Chen, general partner at Andreesen Horowitz, about his experiences working with and investing in several consumer technology startups. Andrew shared his observations on growth practices for products and how to use metrics to guide your growth efforts.

(via @andrewchen)

Don’t have a UX research team? Jane Davis’ tips from Zoom, Zapier & Dropbox to get you started. This episode of the In Depth podcast from First Round Review features Jane Davis, the Director of UX Research and UX Writing at Zoom. Throughout the episode, Jane tackled the thorniest customer development questions and walked through the end-to-end research process in incredible detail, covering everything from clarifying your goals and asking the right questions, to selecting participants and synthesizing insights.

(via @firstround)

Competing in a sellers’ hiring market: Using transparency and authenticity. On a recent episode of the BUILD Podcast, Blake Bartlett spoke with Adam Turner, co-founder and CEO of Postscript. Blake and Adam discuss the current job market and Adam explains how Postcript’s culture of transparency and authenticity has helped the company grow from 20 people to 200 people in the past year. Listen to this episode if you’re wondering how to make sure your company measures up and can attract the right talent.

(via @OpenViewVenture)

Fighting fires in B2B product management (with Rich Mironov).  This episode of One Knight in Product features an interview with Rich Mironov. Rich talks about what a “smoke jumper” CPO is and the types of problems he solves when he works with companies. He also describes the various challenges he’s observed companies face from a product leadership and product management perspective. Listen to this episode for some real-life insights into the world of B2B product management from someone who’s seen it all (or at least a lot of it).

(via @OneKnightInProd)

Testing your ideas with David Bland. David Bland joins Melissa Perri on this episode of the Product Thinking Podcast to talk about how to identify your assumptions, experimenting within slower feedback cycles, the importance of aligned confidence, and how product leaders have to continuously walk the walk when it comes to experimentation and de-risk.

(via @produxlabs)

Kent J McDonald

About the author

Kent J McDonald writes about and practices software product management. He has product development experience in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, nonprofit, and automotive. Kent practices his craft with a variety of product teams and provides just in time resources for product people at KBP.media and Product Collective. When not writing or product managing, Kent is his family’s #ubersherpa, listens to jazz and podcasts (but not necessarily podcasts about jazz), and collects national parks.


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