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

Profile:

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 […]

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Daniel Elizalde on Feature Prioritization and 4 Pillars of Product Leadership

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

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

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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 […]

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How to hone your product sense?

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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 […]

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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

On Writing User Stories

A good story is:

Independent
Negotiable
Valuable to users or customers
Estimatable
Small
Testable

 

Independent:

 

Care should be taken to avoid dependencies between user stories.

Dependencies lead to prioritization and planning problems.

Negotiable

 

Stories are negotiable. They are not written contracts or requirements that the software must implement.

Because story cards are reminders to have a conversation rather than fully detailed requirements themselves, they do not […]

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05: Souad Marie on the Challenges of a New PM, Winning the Respect of the team, ecommerce secrets & more

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The Design of Everyday Things course by Don Norman

Having worked in a product-centric domain for close to ten years, I had always heard the book, The Design of Everyday Things being mentioned with great reverence. Donald Norman, who is an academic and an authority in the field of cognitive science, design, and usability engineering, and the founder/consultant of Neilson Norman group is […]

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