Best of The Product Podcast in 2021: 5 Episodes You Don’t Want to Miss

Hey there! We’re spending the month of December looking back at what went on in 2021. Keep an eye out for deep-dives and celebrations right here on our blog and on social media.

We had a lot of fun on The Product Podcast in 2021, and you all loved listening to it! We’ve had CEOs talking about their journeys from failure to success, recruiters talking about the secrets of getting hired, and Product leaders of all levels spilling their secrets.

If you’ve been snoozing, then you might have missed some of the best moments of listening and learning. Luckily, we’re here to help! We combed through the last 365 days and picked out 5 (yes, just 5, it was really hard!) of the best episodes of The Product Podcast. These are the talks you really don’t want to miss.

1. Product Management Hacks with former Netflix VP of Product

Early in my career, somebody gave me bad advice. As you grow up, the details are less and less important. In the modern era, you’re expected to be able to both think and do, to understand the execution.

Gibson Biddle is a former VP/CPO at Netflix/Chegg. In 2005, Gibson joined Netflix as VP of Product. In 2010, he became Chief Product Officer of Chegg, a textbook rental company that went public in 2014. Today, he’s an adviser for multiple consumer tech companies and teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford.

In this podcast, Gibson talks us through all things related to product, product strategy, culture, and how to hack your product career. He gives us his advice for how to grow at the same pace as your company so you can continue being the best for your team, and also shares the things he does intentionally even though they may not scale.

2. How to Focus on the Problem, Not the Solution by Spotify PM

Cindy Chen has more than 8 years of experience in Product and UX across SaaS, ad-tech, Telecomm, Fintech in B2B and B2C markets. Currently, she is a Product Manager at Spotify on the Content Platform team. Prior to this, Cindy was a Product Manager at Paddle, responsible for cross-functional E2E agile product discovery. She’s also a champion for women in tech and recently spoke as a panelist at a Women in Product. 

In this episode, Cindy goes through the importance of properly defining the problem you’re trying to solve, instead of obsessing solely on the solution.

3. Hacking Your Product Management Interview by Google PM

Jeremy Lewallen is a Product Manager with experience working in different sectors a Google. Currently, he’s a Product Manager of Google Analytics. Prior to his current role, he was a Platform Product Manager focusing on billing, user management, user asset modeling, and data integration. Jeremy started out as a Product Technology Manager, responsible for all Digital and TV Attribution and Product operations across Google. After a year, he was promoted to Senior Product Technology Manager of Google Attribution.

In this episode, he’ll walk you through how to become a strong candidate for a product role, why generalist Product Management interviews are about structure, and different hacks to be creative under pressure.

4. How to Write Great Product Requirements by Amazon Sr PM

Building a product is a long process. In order to ensure every step goes smoothly, it’s essential to research, plan, and keep everyone on the same page. In order to do this, we need an outline, that outline is the Product Requirements Document. In this episode, Amazon Senior Product Manager Elly Newell is here to break down this crucial tool so that you can have smooth product journeys in your future.

Elly is a Senior Product Manager of Video Acquisition at Amazon. Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Product at Conversant where Elly created and developed a differentiated, new-to-market measurement solution for Tourism Boards that booked $2.5 MM in revenue in the first three months in the market. In addition, she was a Senior Product Manager at Centro where she led a cross-functional team in implementing application-wide features such as permissions, ad serving management, and report generation for campaign optimization and billing.

A PRD is the compass for product development - a source of truth across the entire team working on the project. You should be able to send this off to anyone that has questions in terms of what you’re implementing and they should understand exactly what you’re looking to put into production.

5. Practical Tips for Building PM Skills by Reddit Sr PM

If you want to get far in your career and make a difference in the world, you must always be improving. Our guest today, Reddit Senior Product Manager Jonathan Tien, is here to teach you just how to do that. You will hear ways to develop your product sense and execution skills by thinking more intentionally about how your product is used day-to-day. 

Jonathan is an extremely customer-centric Product Leader. Currently, he is a Senior Product Manager at Reddit of Monetization and Advertiser Success. Prior to this, Jonathan was a Product Manager at Yelp responsible for Business Products and the Advertiser Experience and Retention. Jonathan has a self-drive to find new ways to solve customers’ problems, regardless of how messy or challenging that solution might be. According to his colleague, Jonathan is known for creating a strong team culture, and he has the rare ability to rally his cross functional peers, such as engineers, designers, and marketing, to help him deliver highly valued products.

Jonathan Tien

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