PRODUCTHEAD: 9 of the best product management podcasts

PRODUCTHEAD: 9 of the best product management podcasts

PRODUCTHEAD is a regular newsletter of product management goodness,
curated by Jock Busuttil.

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A selection of the best product management podcasts by product people, recommended by product people

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Everyone’s either still on holiday or just coming back from one, so nothing too strenuous this week — just a quick run down of the best product management podcasts rated by people working in product.

Next week’s PRODUCTHEAD is going to be about how (and whether) product managers should say “no”.

Have a great week!


what to think about this week

#1 Product Thinking

Product Thinking

By far the most recommended product management podcast is Melissa Perri’s.

Successful product management isn’t just about training the product managers who work side by side with developers everyday to build better products. It’s about taking a step back, approaching the systems within organizations as a whole, and leveling up product leadership to improve these systems.

This is the Product Thinking Podcast, where Melissa Perri will connect with industry leading experts in the product management space, and answer your most pressing questions about everything product. Join us each week to level up your skillset and invest in yourself as a product leader.

Listen to Product Thinking


#2 One Knight In Product

One Knight In Product

Not far behind in recommendations is Jason Knight’s podcast.

This is a podcast aimed at people involved in designing, managing, building or marketing products.

I speak to thought leaders, authors, product leaders, practitioners and those just starting out. This is a chance to hear their stories and get some inspiration from their experience – to help you work more effectively, build better products, be a better leader and much more.

Listen to One Knight In Product


#3 Build with Maggie Crowley


A podcast I’d not come across before, but it comes recommended by several product people.

Build gives you the inside track on all things product and product management. Host Maggie Crowley, former Olympian turned Harvard MBA turned Director of Product Management at Drift, sits down with the best of the best across product management, design, and engineering to bring you lessons from product greats at Atlassian, Pluralsight, VMware, and more.

Listen to Build


#4 The Product Experience

The Product Experience

The soundtrack to my lockdown :-)

Join our hosts Lily Smith and Randy Silver for in-depth conversations with some of the best product people around the world! Every week they chat with people in the know and cover the topics that matter to you – solving real problems, developing awesome products, building successful teams and developing careers.

Listen to The Product Experience


#5 Iterate FM

Iterate FM

This one’s great if you already enjoy John Cutler’s newsletter, “The Beautiful Mess”.

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) and Tareq Ismail (@tareqismail) talk about how product managers and designers can better navigate the beautiful mess that is building great products.

Listen to Iterate FM


#6 The Black Box of Product Management

The Black Box of Product Management

Brandon Chu’s offering is a a relatively new podcast that he’s pivoted from his blog.

In our first episode ever, I speak with Craig Miller, the former CPO & CMO of Shopify and a company legend. He joined the company when it was worth less than $100M and 70 employees, and by the time he left it had grown to over $130 BILLION and 10k employees. He was the company’s first marketer, and then built up the growth team as it’s CMO. Mid-tenure, Craig took over the product team which he grew from 5 to 250.

Listen to The Black Box of Product Management


#7 Deliver It

Deliver It

In contrast with the one above, this product podcast started before podcasts were cool.

Deliver It is a podcast for agile Product Owners. Host Cory Bryan and guests bring their experience and ideas on how to improve the role and techniques they use to deliver value within an agile framework.

The show brings together relevant news, discussion, around a central topic and your feedback in a fun and supportive way.

Listen to Deliver It


#8 The Idealcast

The Idealcast

Another new one for me. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

In The Idealcast, multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and bestselling author Gene Kim hosts technology and business leaders to explore the dangerous, shifting digital landscape. Listeners will hear insights and gain solutions to help their enterprises thrive in an evolving business world.

Listen to The Idealcast


#9 UX Podcast

UX Podcast

A long-running podcast on UX with lots of overlap with product management.

UXPodcast™ is a twice-monthly digital design podcast – hosted by James Royal-Lawson and Per Axbom – sharing insights about business, technology and people since 2011. We want to push the boundaries of how user experience is perceived and boost your confidence in the work you do.

Listen to UX Podcast


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upcoming talks and events

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The Practitioner's Guide To Product Management

by Jock Busuttil

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Jock Busuttil is a product management and leadership coach, product leader and author. He has spent over two decades working with technology companies to improve their product management practices, from startups to multinationals. In 2012 Jock founded Product People Limited, which provides product management consultancy, coaching and training. Its clients include BBC, University of Cambridge, Ometria, Prolific and the UK’s Ministry of Justice and Government Digital Service (GDS). Jock holds a master’s degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the popular book The Practitioner’s Guide To Product Management, which was published in January 2015 by Grand Central Publishing in the US and Piatkus in the UK. He writes the blog I Manage Products and weekly product management newsletter PRODUCTHEAD. You can find him on Mastodon, X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn.

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