Yours Productly – A podcast channel for product managers

Through this podcast interview series, I speak to product leaders all across the world and learn from how they build and manage world class products. Over the course of past several months I have interviewed people like Steve Johnson, Shardul Mehta, Prabhakar Gopalan, Mike Smart, Michael Eckhardt and many others. One of the important segments of my podcast interviews are ‘war stories’, where I ask my guests to narrate case studies where they solved the most challenging problems as product managers. I also ask my guest to provide books recommendations that may have shaped their careers.

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Tony Ulwick talks about his book, Jobs to be Done: Theory to Practice – his life’s work of 25 years

About Tony Ulwick :
Tony Ulwick, Founder and CEO of Strategy talks about his book, Jobs to be Done: Theory to Practice. Tony is the pioneer of jobs-to-be-done theory and the inventor of Outcome-Driven Innovation® (ODI), a powerful innovation process with a documented success rate that is 5-times the industry average. Tony has been granted […]

By |July 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Suresh Krishna, Director, Product Management, Oracle on How He Builds Products in a Large Enterprise

About Suresh Krishna:
Suresh Krishna Madhuvarsu is the Director, Product Management, at Oracle.
Questions Asked to Suresh Krishna:

Please let us know about your career trajectory.
What are your roles and responsibilities at Oracle? Whats a typical day or a week looks like for you in Oracle?
What’s the product management culture in Oracle like? How do […]

By |July 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Bruce McCarthy, also known as the PMs’ PM on his new book, Product Roadmapping

About Bruce
Bruce McCarthy, also famously known as Product Managers’ Product Manager shares a lot of deep insights on product roadmapping. Bruce has just come up with a new book, titled just that – Product Roadmapping.

Questions Asked to Bruce:

1. Tell us about your career journey

2. What made you come up with a book on roadmapping? […]

By |May 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Swapnil Saykar, Head Products, Amazon on how they build products at Amazon

About Swapnil
Swapnil Saykar is the Principal Product Manager for Amazon Ad Platforms, India.

 
Questions Asked to Swapnil:

1. Please tell us about your career trajectory?
2. At Amazon, what are your roles and responsibilities? Whats a typical day or a week looks like for you in Amazon?

3. As Head Products, What is your process of coming […]

By |May 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Jeff Gothelf on his book, Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers & Create Products from Harvard Business Review Press

About Jeff
Jeff help companies and organizations build better products and cultures. Through worldwide keynotes and workshops, Jeff has helped teams figure out the best way to utilize cross-functional collaboration, product strategy and experimentation and agile-friendly product design to ensure their ideas are found, designed and developed in a way the market welcomes.

 
Questions Asked to […]

By |April 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Lalitha Ramani, Director, PM, Intuit on How They Build Innovative Products at Intuit

About Lalitha Ramani
Lalitha Ramani is the Director of Product Management, Intuit, India
Questions for Lalitha Ramani

Please tell us about your career trajectory?
At Intuit, what are your roles and responsibilities? Whats a typical day or a week looks like for you in Intuit?
Intuit has always been known for its matchless innovation. What is it about […]

By |April 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Marc Abraham, Head Product, World First on building a product culture, a product mindset & more

About Marc Abraham
Marc Abraham, Head of Product, at World First from London who has been a product leader for several years in several companies. He is also the coordinator for Global Product Tank.

Questions for Marc

Please tell us about your career trajectory?
Tell us a bit about World First, the product you currency lead. […]

By |April 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Abhishek Rathore, Director, PM, Snapdeal on how he built its search and discovery features

About Abhishek Rathore
Abhishek is Director, Product Management @ Snapdeal, one of India’s pre-eminent Internet franchises (Snapdeal, Freecharge, Exclusively, Shopo, Unicommerce, GoJavas, Rupeepower etc.) with $4.5 billion+ in annual gross merchandise value (GMV) and over 1,000 engineers. Abhishek is the “Problem Solver” in Snapdeal – having worked on solving complex problems and improvement of metrics […]

By |April 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Roman Pichler on PM vs PO role, leadership styles, mindfulness, decision-making, etc.

About Roman Pichler
Roman Pichler is a product management expert specialised in digital products. He has 15 years experience in teaching product managers and product owners, and in helping companies improve their product management capabilities.

Roman is the author of three books, including Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age and Agile Product Management with Scrum,
Read more http://www.romanpichler.com/about/

Questions […]

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Nishant Pandey, Head Products from Naukri.com, Jeevansathi.com and Shiksha.com – Part 2

About Nishant Pandey
Nishant Pandey, is a veteran revenue focussed product management leader for several years leading and creating successful internet products in both B2B and B2C space. He is driven by design, analytics, and consumer psychology.

Questions for Nishant
1 . In your Linkedin profile you mentioned you were involved in turning around and reinventing Jeevansathi. Do you […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Nishant Pandey, Head Products from Naukri.com, Jeevansathi.com and Shiksha.com – Part 1

About Nishant Pandey
Nishant Pandey, is a veteran revenue focussed product management leader for several years leading and creating successful internet products in both B2B and B2C space. He is driven by design, analytics, and consumer psychology.

Questions asked to Nishant:
1. Nishant, you have had a vast career experience. Do you want to Share with us your […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Sachin Rekhi, Ex-Product Head, Linkedin on Continuous Feedback loop, User Physchology and other topics

About Sachin Rekhi
Sachin is a serial tech entrepreneur and product executive based in Silicon Valley. He was most recently Director, Product Management for LinkedIn Sales Navigator, a new fast-growing LinkedIn premium subscription targeted at sales professionals with over $200M in revenue. Prior to LinkedIn, Sachin founded ConnectedHQ, an effortless contact management tool, which […]

By |December 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Mark Hull, Sr. Director, Product Management, Linkedin on product philosophy and how he hires PMs

About Mark Hull
Mark is an Executive leader in growth and management of online products, platforms and businesses in areas including social networking, messaging, social enterprise, mobile, social commerce, health, social gaming, community and beyond, at companies ranging from startups to large-scale public entities.

His Specialties include: General management, product development, product management, strategy, product marketing (including customer […]

By |December 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Yevgeniy Brikman talks about his book, “Hello, Startup: A Guide to Building Products, Tech, and Teams”

About Yevgeniy:
Evgeniy loves programming, writing, speaking, traveling, and lifting heavy things. He is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that helps startups get up and running on AWS with DevOps best practices and world-class infrastructure. He’s also the author of the very popular book “Hello, Startup: A Programmer’s Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Arne Kittler & Marc Kadish, Director, Product Management, Xing on Auftragsklarung collaborative alignment framework

About Arne Kittler and Marc Kadish
Arne and Marc are directors, Product Management of Xing. Xing is a career oriented social networking site for professionals and is a leader in most German speaking nations.

 
Questions for Arne and Marc

 Tell us a bit about Xing and your individual roles in Xing.
Marc and you are also organizers of Product Tank in […]

By |November 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Anthony Crain gives a primer on Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

About Anthony Crain
Anthony Crain is an SAFe practitioner and coach. He has worked in IBM for more than 16 years in organizational change and five years in Motorola focused on development and methodology.

Questions for Anthony

Could you help us understand what Scaling of Agile means?
Why does older Agile methodologies do not work in […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Jason Fraser, Principal Product Manager, Pivotal Labs on Lean UX and Extreme Programming

 
About Jason Fraser

Jason Fraser is Principal Product Manager at Pivotal Labs.

Jason is passionate about implementing Lean Startup in product organizations and building innovative teams. This includes teaching, coaching, speaking, and developing new tools and approaches. Jason worked with startups all over the world to help them refine their product vision and inspire them to […]

By |October 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Mike Knoop, Co-founder, CPO at Zapier on hiring first PM, building a growth team etc

About Mike Knoop
Mike Knoop with us who is the cofounder and chief product officer at Zapier, a tool that gives you internet superpowers by connecting the web-apps you already use to do cool and useful new things. Zapier connects 600+ apps and has over a million active users. 

 

 
Questions for Mike Knoop:

What is Zapier?

 Share with us […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

John Cutler on Evolving Role of Product Managers and a lot more

 
About John Cutler
John Cutler, an experienced product manager with several years of product experience. John is a Sr Product Manager with Pendo.io and is also an avid writer on everything around product and a very prolific one at that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions for John

Does writing help you become a better product person?
Do you advice product people to […]

By |September 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Elizabeth Burstein, VC at Mohr Davidow, Ex-PM at Linkedin on Traction Gap framework, her transition from PM to VC, her product philosophy and how she led a major overhaul of the Linkedin homepage

About Elizabeth Burstein

 Elizabeth is a principal at Mohr  Davidow Ventures, where she  focuses on investments in consumer  marketplaces, retail innovation,  digital health, and enterprise  automation. Elizabeth started her product  management career working on  LinkedIn Recruiter, LinkedIn’s  highest revenue generating product.  Key launches included an overhaul of  thehomepage, the first  mobile recruiting app,  and CheckIn for university career  fairs. She then transitioned to the […]

By |August 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Karthik Srinivasan, Director Product Management, Eros Digital, on Behavioural Psychology in Hitech Products

About Karthik Srinivasan

Karthk is director product management at ErosDigital. Karthik has been ex-head products at Vodafone before and Ex-Product Samsung too. 
Karthik does tech products in the mobile domain that manifest as apps & websites. He is extremely passionate about product management & consumer behavior, with ambitions of marrying these domains to put a dent […]

By |August 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach on the Rise of Modern Product Discovery

 
About Teresa Torres
 

  Teresa is a product discovery coach who helps teams adopt     user-centered, hypothesis-driven product development  practices. She works with companies of all sizes on integrating  user research, experimentation, and the right analytics into  the product development process resulting in better product  decisions. Recent clients include Capital One, CareerBuilder,  Prezi, The Guardian, […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Akhil Aryan, ex-product head, Haptik on Chatbots and Conversational Commerce

About Akhil Aryan

Akhil is a believer of AI-powered chatbots. He built product for India’s largest chat based Personal Assistance company, Haptik.
Akhil has been running his own businesses from the age of 14. He calls himself an entrepreneur dedicated to frighteningly ambitious projects and positive disruption. What an ideal to live by!
 
Questions for Haptik:

You headed the […]

By |July 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Rian Van Der Merwe on introducing product management in startups

 
About Rian Van Der Merwe

  For those of you do not know Ryan is all you need to do it Google him . He  is all over the Internet because of the sheer value he provides to the world  through his prolific writing on everything around products. His posts in  Quora have tens of […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Abhineet Sinha on Building Products at Quikr, Analytics for Product Management etc

 

About Abhineet Sinha

Abhineet is passionate about building technology products. He has been a product manager with common floor, and Indiaproperty,com before, very strong real estate platforms. I havent had any guest from real estate or from classified space before. Hence, approached Abhineet and he gladly agreed.

 

Abhineet you work at Quikr and whoever I know have used Quikr […]

By |July 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Anupam Kundu, Global Strategic Advisor,Thoughtworks on Killing Products, Firing Product Managers

 
About Anupam Kundu

Anupam Kundu was till recently the Global Strategic Advisor for Thoughtworks. He has earlier been a Principal and Lean Agile Consultant at Thoughtworks too.

Anupam has a vast portfolio of successful and strategic leadership experience with  well known brands, both in for-profit and for-social-profit sectors. He brings  strong  focus in identifying common threads […]

By |July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Punit Soni, Ex-CPO, Flipkart and Advisor/VP, Google on Executive Product Management and other product wisdom

About Punit Soni
Punit was till recently the CPO for Flipkart. He has been an Advisor with Google before. Has been VP, Product Management for Motorola Mobility.

Question for Punit Soni
 

To begin with Punit it was heartening to see your engagement with the product community in India after you left Flipkart. I have seen very few senior […]

By |June 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Harsha Kumar, Ex-AVP, Products, Ola on cab aggregation businesses like Ola and Uber, her product journey through Zynga and Ola and other PM topics

About Harsha Kumar
  Harsha Kumar, who was till a few  weeks ago, AVP of Products at  Ola  India. Now the audience in India  wouldn’t need an introduction  to    Ola  but for my audience outside  India must know that Ola is  India’s  answer to Uber so much so that Uber  is finding it tough […]

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Graham Kennedy on Product Philosophy, Design Jams, Product/Market Fit and a lot more

About Graham Kennedy
Graham is a seasoned product leader with over 10 years of experience as a ScrumMaster, product owner, and director of development. He has worked in multiple fast growth start-ups where he has helped optimize high performing product  cultures, roadmaps, and processes.
 
 He has continuously refined his strategies toward building great products  through various […]

By |June 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

How to test an idea in 5 days? – Sprint by Jake Knapp, Google Ventures – A Book Summary

 

Product discovery is the very beginning phase in a product development process where you validate and test not just the problem hypothesis but solution hypothesis too. This is the phase where you ensure you are building the right product that meets the organization’s objectives.
In my product team where I have worked in the past, […]

By |June 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Greg Tutunjian, ex- Agile Coach for the US Air Force on Visual Planning

 

 
 About Greg Tutunjian
Greg is a senior level management consultant and trusted advisor. Greg has extensive experience managing relationships at the C-level in addition to working with individuals, teams and groups at all levels. Based on Greg’s 25 years of management experience including 15 years focused on Agility, Greg is a sought after voice for […]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Norma & Deborah on Build, Buy, and Partner Strategies

About Norma and Deborah
 Norma Watenpaugh is the founding principal and CEO of Phoenix  Consulting Group (www.phoenixcg.com) which provides  partnering and collaboration consulting services with expertise in  go-to-market strategy, multi-channel and alliance management,  and ecosystem development. Prominent clients include  Amazon.com, Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, Dupont, PayPal,  Microsoft, SAP, and Xerox. Norma has been a […]

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Christina Wodtke on OKRs and her book Radical Focus

By |April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Emily Tate on Mobile Product Management

About Emily Tate
 Emily is the product manager for TripCase, a leading  travel management app. A veteran of the travel industry,  Emily started her journey managing software solutions  for airlines before taking her experience to the traveler’s  side of the journey. At TripCase, Emily has managed the  product through significant growth and change,  including a […]

By |April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Roman Pichler on crafting strategy and roadmap for digital products

About Roman Pichler
 

Roman Pichler is a leading product management consultant, teacher, and author. He has 15 years experience in teaching product managers and product owners, and in helping companies improve their product management capabilities. Roman is the author of Strategize and Agile Product Management with Scrum, he has created several powerful product management tools, and he writes a popular product management blog.
As the founder and director […]

By |March 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Samuel Hulick on Software User Onboarding Best Practices

 

I am excited to share with you my experience of spending a good hour with the user onboarding guru, Samuel Hulick last week where I learnt from him a lot of concepts around user onboarding practices. And not just that, Samuel also shared about his thoughts on product management and most importantly he answered […]

By |March 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Gopal Shenoy on self awareness, org savvy and first 30 day plan for new product managers

 
About Gopal Shenoy
 

Gopal Shenoy is VP, Products at Alignable, social network for small business (SMB) owners world-wide. Gopal has been a software product management leader with more than 2o years of software product management experience. He has  led direct report and cross-functional teams that defined and launched highly successful SaaS-based and enterprise software products that generated annual […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Alan Klement on why Job Stories Trump User Stories

 

This is the second article in the three-part series on the subject of Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) methodology. A three part series is just to underline how important JTBD is a methodology in building the right products. And the more I understand it, the more I feel there is to understand. Episode 1 was a […]

By |February 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Amanda Ralph on Jobs To Be Done Framework to Better Understand Customer Outcomes

 

 

Recently I have been talking to a lot of customers in my company and trying to validate some of the problem hypothesis that we have framed. In this regard, I have been trying to read a lot about Jobs to be Done (JTBD) framework to do a good job at reaching to the root […]

By |February 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Sangeet Paul Choudary on Platform Business Models

Why Product Managers Must Wear the Platform Thinking Hats?
Last couple of weeks have been extremely stimulating for me because I have been reading a very powerful book called The Platform Scale. The book deconstructs the prevailing business order that is transforming the world like never before. Internet has been there for a few decades now, […]

By |January 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Greg Geracie on the dynamics of high performing product teams, ProdBOK, and other PM research findings

 

Teams are what get things done in the world of work. Even though we often get to hear about individuals taking the limelight –  be it Elson Musk sending spaceships to Mars or Jeff Bezos building drones to ship products straight to your drawing room – we all know that behind every blockbuster success […]

By |January 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Henrik-Jan Van der Pol on Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

About Henrik-Jan Van der Pol

Henrik-Jan is a former management consultant and now founder & CEO of Perdoo, one of the fastest growing enterprise solutions for OKR.

Show Notes:
1:35  What’s the story behind OKRs? When and how did it make it entry into business world?
3:15 What are OKRs?
4:00 What is the difference between KPIs and OKRs?
5:50 What are […]

By |December 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Steve Portigal on the Art of Interviewing Users

 
About Steve Portigal
Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. Over the course of his career, Steve has interviewed hundreds of people, from all walks of life  including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, […]

By |December 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes are High – A Book Summary (Part 1)

Show Notes:

Chapter 1: What is Crucial Communication?
Crucial conversations are discussion between two or more people where:
1. Stakes are high
2. Opinions vary
3. Emotions run strong
Chapter 2: Mastering Crucial Conversations Through the Power of Dialog

Explains the pool of shared meaning.
Pool of shared meaning is the birthplace of synergy.

Chapter 3:  Start with Heart: How to Stay Focussed […]

By |September 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Ted Rubin on How to Look People in the Eye Digitally and Stories about Seth Godin

About Ted Rubin
Ted is a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist and Acting CMO of Brand Innovators in March 2009 started publicly using and evangelising the term ROR: Return on Relationship™… a concept he believes is the cornerstone for building an engaged multi-million member database, many of whom are vocal advocates for the brand, like the one […]

By |August 13th, 2015|Categories: Social Media||0 Comments

Andrew Anagnost, SVP, Autodesk on Disruptive Business Models, Change Management, Public Speaking, Books and much more

Andrew Anagnost
A member of CEO executive staff, Andrew Anagnost has more than 20 years of product, business and marketing experience that he brings to leadership of Industry Strategy and Marketing (ISM) for Autodesk. He is responsible for overall marketing direction and resources for the company including the company’s vertical and cross-industry strategy and marketing, […]

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Business, Product Management||0 Comments

Shardul Mehta, VP Products on Product Canvas, Why Products Fail, His Upcoming Book and a Lot More

About Shardul

Shardul Mehta Shardul Mehta is VP of Products at Diamond Mind, a payments solutions company serving K-12 private schools in the US. He has been developing innovative software products, SaaS applications and digital solutions for over 20 years across a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, consumer device protection and warranty services, […]

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Business, Product Management||0 Comments

Robert Huber on Why Collaboration Trumps Consensus

About Robert Huber

“Robert Huber is Director Software Lifecycle Management at ASM Assembly Systems. He has over 15 years of experience in product management, but also many more years in fields that work closely together with product management, such as business development, product marketing, development, and system test and system integrator deploying products in the field.  […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Three Horizons of Growth Framework

Continuing my experiments of coming up occasionally with short topic based podcasts along with regular long form interviews, I bring to you yet another episode and this time I am going to share with you a very important growth concept called the Three Horizons of Growth Framework from the very popular book called the Alchemy of […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Amy Bunszel, VP, Autodesk on Autonomy Vs Alignment, Product Management and Leadership

About Amy Bunszel:

As Vice President of the AutoCAD Product Line Group, Amy Bunszel leads the product team responsible for producing a wide variety of AutoCAD products running on Windows, MAC, web and mobile platforms. Most recently, Amy has been driving a transformation of the AutoCAD product line – modernizing the 30+ year old desktop […]

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments