Product Voices

Product Voices

People who work in product management are on a constant learning journey. Markets are dynamic. Customer needs are transient. Technologies evolve. The ways in which we work changes. We must learn and adapt along the way. Product Voices is a forum to share practical, real-world stories about how to learn and grow in important areas in product management. Learn from the best voices in product management.


May 31, 2023 27 mins

Aakash Gupta, the Product Growth guy and VP Product at Apollo, joins to discuss how to build a flywheel.

We discuss:

  • What is a flywheel and what does it mean? 
  • What are some prerequisites that a business needs to have in place in order to succeed in building a flywheel?
  • The biggest mistakes that are made when trying to build a flywheel across your organization. 
  • And much more!

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Victoria Ku, director of product at Highnote, joins the podcast to discuss finding your voice as a product manager. Such an important and fun conversation. 

We discuss...

  • How to find your voice as a product manager. 
  • How to best use that voice in the workplace
  • How leaders can best help their team find their voice. 
  • What impact will payments have on the world in the future?  (a bonus discussion based on Victoria's expertise)
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Kareem Mayan, co-founder of Savio, joins this episode to discuss how great product teams leverage customer and product feedback for better products, and specifically how feedback can help us innovate on and optimize existing products.

We discuss:

  • What’s the difference between innovation and invention? 
  • What are the biggest mistakes product teams are making when it comes to leveraging feedback? 
  • Do product teams really hav...
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Janna Bastow, CEO of ProdPad, joins this episode to discuss how product teams can build and use successful roadmaps. She also shares some insights on what makes great product managers and how to stand out when trying to move into product management from other roles.


On roadmaps...

  • What is a roadmap? 
  • What are the prerequisites for a roadmap? (hint: you can’t have a really successful roadmap without h...
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In this episode, Dave Dame, director of product accessibility at Microsoft joins to discuss how great teams and organizations use principles to best build products that are inclusive and accessible to users of all ability levels.

Highlights of the discussion:

  • "It’s not a disability that holds me back, it is the environment.”
  • Everyone will be disabled at some point, even temporarily. Products that were built to be ac...
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April 26, 2023 25 mins

Great product managers are fanatical about prioritizing the things that will make the biggest impact on their product.

In this episode we discuss some of the activities that product managers should not be leading and some ways that product managers can be fanatically prioritize their time.

We discuss:

  • What a product manager is NOT
  • Why product managers get pulled into some of these activities 
  • Creating your Contentment Mix
  • T...
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Bria King, a product coach and product leader with experience in social good, networking, online marketing, and hospitality industries discusses a people-first approach to product management.

We discuss:

  • What is people-first product management
  • What are the benefits of people-first PM
  • How leaders and teams can move toward a more people-first culture
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Chris Butler joins to discuss the "product spine" - how teams can align strategies, roadmaps, and tasks, and make sound decisions along all of them.

Chris is an all-around product expert, currently Lead Product Manager at Google, with past stints as head of product operations at Cognizant and a product leader at Facebook, Kayak, and Waze.

We discuss:

  • what is the product spine
  • how teams can align along various ab...
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Ensuring your product has the proper level and types of services around it can improve and optimize the user experience. We often forget how important these services can be to the overall success of a product.

In this episode, Tania Sahai, product leader and founder of The Silver Pallete, joins to discuss how product managers and teams can focus on the important services that surround products.

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March 15, 2023 29 mins

On this episode, Matt LeMay joins to discuss Product Leadership. Matt LeMay is an internationally recognized product leader, author, and consultant who has worked with companies like Spotify, Audible, Mailchimp, and Google. He is the author of Agile for Everybody (O’Reilly Media, 2018) and Product Management in Practice (Second Edition O'Reilly Media, 2022), and has helped build and scale product management practices at compan...

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When we think about building products, we most often think about products for external customers. However, many product teams create solutions for internal customers - those fellow employees who use our products to help them better do their job. These “internal products” can have a huge impact on the business.

In this episode, Sharon Aluma, Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon Robotics joins to discuss the nuances o...

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We have a responsibility in product management to avoid exclusionary solutions and so it is incumbent upon us to learn inclusive design principles. We must learn how to design products that not only intentionally include but avoid unintentionally excluding groups. Sandra Camacho, a multicultural Inclusive Design strategist, educator, and advisor based in Paris, France, joins this episode to discuss inclusive design and share storie...

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Dan Balcauski, founder and principal consultant at Product Tranquility, joins to discuss The Secret to Unlocking Value: How to Maximize Your Product's Price.

We discuss: 

  • Three types of value drivers
  • How to know what our customers value
  • How to measure pricing effectiveness
  • How companies find their value metric
  • The connection between customer segmentation and pricing
  • And more!

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February 15, 2023 26 mins

Innovation and product ideation is one of the core tenants of successful product management. We simply have to get this right in order to put impactful nuanced, valuable, differentiated products and solutions out in the market for our customers. In this episode, Jennifer Glenski, Director of Product Management for BMC Software's Innovation Labs joins to discuss innovation and product ideation and how product teams can succeed ...

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Agency and accountability are so very important to the success of a product manager - not only embracing this themselves but also having the organization set up in a way and the culture set up in a way that expects accountability and allows agency with product managers. On this episode, Amanda Ralph, Principal Product Manager at Papercut, joins to discuss agency and accountability in product management.


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On this episode, Jonathan Hensley, the CEO and Chief Product Officer at EMERGE and author of Alignment: Overcoming Internal Sabotage and Digital Product Failure, discusses why alignment is critical to product success, and what teams can do to become more aligned.

We discuss four types of alignment:

  • Individual
  • Team
  • Organization
  • Market
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Product management is one of the best jobs in the world but it comes with great responsibility. If we are building products, we must ensure that we are putting inclusive products out in the world. And for leaders, inclusive leadership is paramount to a successful team and positive culture.


In this personal, poignant, and impactful episode, Stephanie Leue, Chief Product Officer of Doodle shares how she has become a better, more incl...

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There is a lot of buzz about product management. So many people want to get in the field. It is a fun, exciting profession and is getting the limelight like never before. But product management has been around for a long time. It has evolved over the years, thankfully. But much of modern product management is rooted in fundamental business principles. We sometimes overcomplicate product management and it can help to look back at th...

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In this episode, Rich Mironov joins to discuss the core challenges of product managers and product leaders and how to combat these challenges. 

We discuss:

  • The reality of product managers leading with influence and no authority
  • Balancing the long-term health of your product when so many of your stakeholders are focused on the short-term

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While it is impossible for me to pick top moments from this year. There are simply too many great moments.  I have loved each and every one of the conversations I have had on the 47 episodes, and each guest has brought their own unique insights to the show and we've all learned from each one.

But in this episode, I highlight some moments that I found especially meaningful or insightful from Product Voices in 2022, including:

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