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!

Jock Busuttil

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

[MELISSA PERRI / PRODUX LABS]

#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

[JASON KNIGHT]

#3 Build with Maggie Crowley

Build

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

[MAGGIE CROWLEY / DRIFT]

#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

[LILY SMITH & RANDY SILVER / MIND THE PRODUCT]

#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

[JOHN CUTLER & TAREQ ISMAIL / AMPLITUDE]

#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

[BRANDON CHU]

#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

[CORY BRYAN]

#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

[GENE KIM / IT REVOLUTION]

#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

[JAMES ROYAL-LAWSON & PER AXBOM]


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recent posts #

The unifying principles of product management

A recent tweet by John Cutler provoked some interesting reactions. It got me thinking about whether there are unifying principles of product management that apply in all contexts.

Become one with everything

[I MANAGE PRODUCTS]

What to do when service transformation goes wrong

When companies set out to improve a service or redesign a product, the results can sometimes be underwhelming. Instead of delivering service transformation, the team recommends only minor efficiency tweaks. If this has been happening to you, there can be many underlying causes. I’ve identified a few common problems and what you can you do about them.

Change means doing things differently, not just a rebrand

[I MANAGE PRODUCTS]

The neverending quest for product-market fit

Often the biggest barrier to your product’s widespread adoption is going to be whether it reaches product-market fit early on. Even if you do, you’re wrong if you think you never need to worry about product-market fit again.

It’s not a one-off exercise

[I MANAGE PRODUCTS]

upcoming talks and events #

I’ve spoken at various product management and technology conferences around the world. I share ideas primarily on the topic of product management, and this tends to overlap with agile and ethical product development, digital transformation, and fostering healthy product cultures and communities.


“Day 2 saw an impressive presentation by Jock Busuttil on user testing. He asked the attendees to lend each other a smartphone and take a picture. What a turmoil that caused ;-) ”

Walter Schärer

Walter Schärer
Marketing & Business Development Director, BlueGlass Interactive


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PRODUCTHEAD is a newsletter for product people of all varieties, and is lovingly crafted from a rapidly melting ice cream

Jock is a freelance head of product, author and conference speaker. He has spent nearly two decades working with technology companies to improve their product management practices, from startups to multinationals. His clients include the BBC, University of Cambridge, and the UK's Ministry of Justice and Government Digital Service (GDS). In 2012 Jock founded Product People Limited, a product management consultancy and training company. He is also the author of the popular book The Practitioner's Guide to Product Management and the blog I Manage Products.

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