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Mastering the Design Sprint is Product Management

Jay Melone, Partner at New Haircut, shares how design sprints can help product teams validate ideas in just five days and what product leaders must do before, during and after a design sprint to ensure it’s successful.

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103

Consulting is Product Management

Tami Reiss, Product Lead at Justworks and former Product Consultant, shares how she gets clients to buy-in to her strategies, the pros and cons of consulting as a career path, and the best ways to get new clients.

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100

Perfecting the Kickoff Meeting is Product Management

Katie Guernsey, Product Manager at STRV, shares how to influence key stakeholders with a compelling presentation and align product teams to execute on a vision.

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98

Corporate Transformation is Product Management

Aaron Eden, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Moves The Needle, shares how he brought Lean innovation principles to his former company, Intuit, and launched 100 internal startups in 100 days.

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96

Reinvention is Product Management

Ha-Hoa Hamano, Senior Product Manager at NPR, shares her approach to meeting the changing needs of users and how she rallies stakeholders around key product decisions.

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94

Customer Experience is Product Management

Anthony Schrauth, Chief Innovation Officer at Betterment, shares how his customer experience team’s insights inform product decisions and what he’s learned growing his company from 4 to 224 people.

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93

Being in the Right Place is Product Management

Len Sherman, Executive in Residence at Columbia Business School and former Senior Executive at Accenture, discusses why so few companies sustain market leadership, what leadership is required to do so, and what product managers can do to make an impact.

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92

Ideation is Product Management

Bryan Mattimore, Co-Founder and Chief Idea Guy at Growth Engine, shares the techniques he’s used to help companies like Kraft and Ford generate new ideas and how to bring ideas to market from within a large organization.

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91

Intrapreneurship is Product Management

Simone Ahuja, Founder of Blood Orange and Columnist at HBR.org, shares how companies can retain and empower entrepreneurial employees and what intrapreneurs can do to break through bureaucracy.

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90

Cutting Through Red Tape is Product Management

Thor Ernstsson, CEO of Alpha, shares the greatest obstacles to building great products and how product managers can start practicing experimentation inside a large organization.

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89

Staying A Step Ahead is Product Management

Saad Khan, Head of Product at ConsumerAffairs, shares what he believes is the most common fallacy about innovation, why he mandates customer discovery interviews at his company, and how to stay a step ahead of customer needs.

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87

Yin and Yang is Product Management

John Vars, Chief Product Officer at Varo Money and former Chief Product Officer of TaskRabbit, shares the opposing factors product managers need to weigh when it comes to data-driven decision-making, stakeholder management, and prioritization.

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85

Jobs to Be Done is Product Management

Karen Dillon, Contributing Editor of Harvard Business Review and co-author of Competing Against Luck, dissects the most common problems with corporate innovation efforts and shares how understanding customers' job to be done can help product teams make better decisions.

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84

Self-Awareness is Product Management

Kelley Amadei, Founder of SparkShift, discusses the role of self-awareness in effective leadership and how product managers can build healthier habits as they grow into leadership roles.

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83

Chaos is Product Management

Brian Donohue, Product Manager at Intercom, explains how to balance process with chaos and how to continue shipping to learn from customers as a company grows.

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80

Empathy is Product Management

Jon Stross, Co-Founder of Greenhouse, shares why developing empathy is more powerful than having domain expertise, why product managers should do customer support, and how he validated demand for Greenhouse.

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79

The Internet of Things is Product Management

Daniel Elizalde, Author, Product Leader and Stanford Professor, explores the potential of the internet of things, the impact it will have on product teams, and why collaboration is the key to success.

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78

Assessing Market Viability is Product Management

Christophe Gillet, VP of Product Management at Vimeo, shares his swiss army knife of product validation techniques and zeros in on how to prioritize customer feedback.

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74

Strategic Storytelling is Product Management

Andy Raskin, a strategic messaging consultant, shares the five key components of an effective story and the secrets to getting buy-in for a big decision.

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73

Exploratory Research is Product Management

Teena Singh, Director of User Experience at ADP, shares why she interviews customers at their workplace, how to craft user stories with context and the role of domain expertise in product management.

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