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.


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 ( 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, 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

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

Every Technique Ever Written About Feature Prioritisation Will Fail Because of This

Show Notes:

I have collected around half a dozen feature prioritisation strategies over time that I refer to while planning my product release. It makes you feel you are in control and on top of things when you are equipped with such valued knowledge. With such a body of collected wisdom accumulated over years, you […]

By |June 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Donna Imam on the #1 game changer in technology product management & Other PM wisdom

About Donna Imam

Donna Imam is a management consultant with Inteleaf, helping solve the most critical business, strategic and financial challenges faced by the hi-tech industry in bringing new products to market. Inteleaf is based in Austin but supports clients world-wide.

She is also the Sponsors Chair for Product Camp Austin, thus keeping one of the […]

By |June 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Steve Johnson, “Godfather of Product Management” on Agile Product Management

About Steve Johnson: 
“Steve Johnson is the tech industry’s storyteller and a recognised thought-leader on product management, marketing, and sales enablement. Steve is a popular keynote speaker at technology forums and author of many articles on product management and marketing.
Steve has been working within the high-technology arena since 1981 with experience in technical, sales, and marketing […]

By |May 31st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Michael Martin, CEO, Audvisor on What it Takes to be a Purple Cow in the Overcrowded App World

Show Notes

5:30: Tell us a little about your career trajectory. How has the journey been?
8:00: What is Audvisor? How would you describe it?

11:00. What are the broad topics it covers? Who are some of the experts who have lend their audio advice on Audvisor?
15:00: Since most of our audience are product managers, and product entrepreneurs, please […]

By |May 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Mike Smart, Egress Solutions on How to Measure the Effectiveness of your Product Management team

About Mike Smart

Mike brings more than 25 years of high technology industry experience in a variety of leadership roles to the business. He has completed successful engagements with technology companies such as NetApp, Sage, VMware, BigMachines, K1 Capital, Vista Equity Partners, P2 Energy Solutions and Identive.

Prior to founding Egress, Mike served in leadership and […]

By |May 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Prabhakar Gopalan on Whole Product Concept , Difference between MVP and Whole Product and What it Takes to be a Craftsman PM

Prabhakar Gopalan is Principal & eponymous founder at PG Consulting. He works with Venture Capital funded Startup CEOs and Fortune 1000 executives to help them with growth strategies. His background spans a diverse set of roles in systems engineering, consulting, product management, product marketing, corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions. He has worked at […]

By |April 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Michael Eckhardt, MD, Chasm Institute on the 7 Deadly Sins of Crossing the Chasm, the New Edition of Crossing the Chasm 3.0, and other PM Wisdom

Michael Eckhardt, Managing Director of Chasm Institute shares the 7 deadly sins of crossing the Chasm derived from his vast experience of 500 client engagements in the last 15 years. He also talks about the new edition of Crossing the Chasm that has sold more than 2 million copies He shares about market development […]

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

Minette Norman, VP, Autodesk on Building Organizational Savvy, Actively Managing your Career, Negotiating Office Politics, Self-Promotion, and much more

About Minette:

Minette Norman is the Vice President of Global Engineering. Her organization includes engineering operations, localization, engineering transformation, engineering community, and technical training. She oversees the operation of Autodesk R&D centers in Shanghai and Singapore that comprise more than 1200 software developers, testers, product managers, and user experience professionals.

Show Notes:

2:15: Introduction to Minette Norman

3:50: Personal […]

By |April 7th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Rich Mironov on his upcoming book, why PM is inherently political, trends and shifts in PM discipline, paying it forward and much more

Show notes:

6:35: Is product manager also a people manager? Should he also Manage people issues in the team or should that be relegated to the individual functional managers?

11:30: Do you believe a product manager should try working in different domains through his career or getting competency in a single domain?

15:00: How can PMs get better in […]

By |April 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

John Mansour, PM Veteran for 25 yrs on B2B PM Framework, Biggest Career Lessons and other PM Wisdom

Show notes:

3:30: John’s career Journey

4:10: Business 2 Business Product Management Framework

6:10:  Why do product managers or the PM organizations need a framework to operate?

6:45: Why has the software industry not been able to arrive at a consensus to form a common standard or framework on product management globally.

9:55:  Shares about Proficientz’ B2B PM Framework

18:55: Why […]

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Micah Dickerson, Sr. PM Autodesk on Managing Remote teams, Managing Upwards and on other PM wisdom

Micah Dickerson is a Senior Product Manager on the AutoCAD team with responsibility for AutoCAD for Mac, as well as several key areas of core AutoCAD. He’s been working in the software world for more than 15 years, and has a background in architecture, web technologies, market research, and visual design. He has spent […]

By |March 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Amar Hanspal, SVP, $ 2 Billion Autodesk on Product Strategy, Decision Making & other PM wisdom


Amar Hanspal As Senior Vice-President, Products at Autodesk shares his wisdom on product strategy for a large organization, how he handles trends and competitive threats, prioritizing projects, decision making process towards  crucial decisions like acquisitions or killing existing projects, how he manages time, how does he manages information overload, how he keeps himself sharp at […]

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Daniel Elizalde on Feature Prioritization and 4 Pillars of Product Leadership

By |March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

10. Boris Masis, Google on User Research and Customer Interview Techniques

Boris Masis stumbled into his first accidental Product Management job when he became the internet director for an education company in Boston, Massachusetts. Boris then went on to work as a web product manager at Shutterstock in New York, and as an Android product manager for Samsung in Singapore. Boris is currently at Google […]

By |March 7th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

08. Meri Rosich: CEO, App Strategy Labs On Successful App Marketing Strategies

Meri Rosich is CEO/Founder of App Strategy Labs, an Ex-Bertelsmann digital, Samsung MKT, Amex innovation consulting. UNWomen STEM Ambassador

Show notes:

5.20 mins: Meri’s Career Trajectory
15 mins: About App Strategy Labs
28.5 mins: A low down on the global App Economy
34.5 mins: How to succeed in building Apps
44.5 mins: Surviving competition
47.5 mins: Should your App be reviewed […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

A Primer on the Internet of Things

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

06.What Customers Want: Using Outcome-Driven Innovation to Create Products – A Book Summary

Shesh Vasudevamurthy with 18 years of experience in product management, product development and strategy consulting shares his knowledge on OEM Negotiations, Technology partnerships, product management, and books that have shaped him.

Show Notes:

2 mins: Introduction of Shesh
4. 2 min: About Confianzys
10 min: OEM Negotiations
11.5 min: Why companies get into OEM Partnership
18.5 mins: Stakeholders in an […]

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

05. Robert Huber: On Product Management Frameworks, On Product Management and Product Owner Roles, His Biggest Career Lessons, and much more

In this podcast we learn from Robert his own career trajectory, we will understand about standard product management frameworks in the industry, we understand the power struggles between a product manager and a
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By |February 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

03: Scrum -The Art Of Doing Twice The Work In Half The Time, A Book Summary

By |February 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

02: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products – A Book Summary

By |January 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

01. Adrienne Tan: Career in Product Management

Starting this week, I begin weekly podcast where I speak to experts and product leaders and learn from them about what it takes to build excellent products, the processes, the methodologies,  that goes into building world class products. I also do book summaries on important and inspiring books that are relevant to product management and […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

How to hone your product sense?

By |November 21st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Project 52 Lunches

I read this quote long ago and it has stayed with me since then:

“Product managers build a network, make friends everywhere, radiate their values, and know whom & where to go to at every turn in their journey.”

The last thing a product manager must suffer is a reluctance to meet new people. Being a […]

By |August 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Global Product Management Frameworks

Organising Product Camp Singapore opened up a world of opportunities to meet the best in class people from the product management fraternity in Singapore and beyond. My calendar these days is full with lunch meetings with some of the amazing people I met in Product Camp Singapore.

Robert Huber is one of the passionate product management practitioner, […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

The Role of S Curves in Product Innovation

One of the high points of Product Camp Vol 2 was listening to Ani Bhalekar’s talk on S-Curves. I had my big Aha! moment while the concept made perfect sense to me. This blog post is derived from his talk.

Businesses, or the products of businesses, follow an S curve that are characterised by a […]

By |August 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

From Products to Platform: APIs as a Business Strategy

Silicon Valley is replete with big success stories of companies that once started only with a killer app or a product but went on to grow into huge companies, be it Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, you name it. And they all attribute their success to their API strategy of converting their products to platforms.

I just finished […]

By |August 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Product Camp Singapore Vol 2 a Success

After a promising launch of Product Camp Singapore last year, we organised the second edition on 2nd August at the inspiring precinct of Silicon Straits. With more than 60 product managers and marketers as participants from some of the best product companies and startups, Volume 2 looked much better in its appeal and quality […]

By |August 4th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Are You Living in Permanent Beta?

A couple of weeks ago, I curiously asked my product manager if the executive team of my organisation had a vision for a minimum number of years — and whether it was 3 years or 5. Though he did not give me a direct answer, what he tried to explain made perfect sense to […]

By |June 30th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

11 Axioms of Product Management

Money follows real value.
Value is created when problems are solved.
Value must be experienced before it is real.
Vision is essential but insufficient.
Strategies are essential but insufficient.
Execution is essential and can compensate for weak vision and sub-par strategy.
People get things done, not vision, strategy, roadmaps, or anything else.
Problem discovery comes first.
Customers are good for problem discovery, […]

By |September 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

How do you access product opportunities?

The core force driving companies that build products and services is identifying and accessing product opportunities.

A product opportunity exists when there is a gap between what is currently on the market and the possibility for new or significantly improved products that result from emerging trends.

In the article on What Drives New Product Development, Jonathan […]

By |September 15th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

How important is domain experience for a product manager?

The truth is many product managers are hired exclusively for their domain experience, and I do think that there a few products where domain experience is truly essential. However, this is an exception than the rule.

Marty Cagan in his book says that it can be dangerous for a product management to have too much […]

By |September 9th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Co-relation between Budget and Product Strategy

Most product companies begin their entire direction towards a new product investment with a strategy document. It’s the most important piece of document that cements the vision and direction at one place. It acts as a guiding light for the entire product team.

However, the most important dependency on product strategy is its budgetary limits. […]

By |August 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Overview on User Stories

What is a user story?

Describes functionality that will be valuable either to the user or purchaser of the system.

They are composed of three aspects:

A written description of the story used for planning and as a reminder
Conversations of the story that serve to flesh out details of the story
Tests that convey and document details and […]

By |July 27th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments