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Here's a list of old episodes in date order! There have been some great conversations so feel free to binge them all!
Greg Coticchia is the CEO of Sopheon, an innovation management platform aiming to help companies innovate at scale. Greg has been in product management since the 80s and seen it all, and also helped Carnegie Mellon University create the first degree programme in product management. He's passionate about all things innovation and believes that we all need to get comfortable with managing change. He also shared some insights from his many years in product management.
This episode is sponsored by One Knight Consulting. Yes, yes, that's me. As you probably know, I've moved into freelance coaching and consulting for B2B product companies. I want to help your company, your team and your... well, you, get better at product management. If you want to chat to me about what I can do for you, why not head over to book a call with me and we can discuss your needs and how I can help.
Greg worked with Carnegie Mellon University to create a degree in product management, but it's important to realise that any learning is the start of a journey... you need to get punched in the face by a real job a few times.
It's common for PMs to learn from failure, but it's possible to go too far the other way and treat early success as The One Way to future success. You need to remain humble and never stop learning & adapting.
It's easy to use Kodak or Blockbuster as cautionary tales but these were successful organisations making a boatload of money. They needed to embrace change, but it's not surprising that they didn't.
Big companies are inherently resistant to change. If they want to stay ahead, they need to create or acquire small companies without baggage and leave them to it rather than try to make them fit in.
It's easy to get excited about new tech, but we should get equally excited about repositioning existing products or building new business models to serve novel segments. Everything should always be focused on the users!
You can catch up with Greg on LinkedIn.
You can try out Sopheon on sopheon.com
|Jeff Gothelf||OKRs: The Gateway Drug to Agility & Good Product Management|
|John Cutler||Survive the Feature Factory by Applying Product Thinking to Product Thinking|
|Allen Holub||The Role of Product Management on Truly Agile Development Teams|
|Melissa Perri||Escaping the Build Trap with Product Operations and Strong CPOs|
|Teresa Torres||Getting into the Habit of Continuous Discovery|
|Kim Scott||Defeating Bias, Prejudice and Bullying in the Workplace|
|April Dunford||Aligning your Positioning & the Myth of Product Market Fit|
|Marty Cagan||How to Build an Effective Product Organisation|
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