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Episode 76 - Finding a PM Superpower and Using your Product Sense (with Peter Knudson & Braxton Bragg)

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Episode 76 - Finding a PM Superpower and Using your Product Sense (with Peter Knudson & Braxton Bragg)
18 Aug 2021
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An interview with Peter Knudson & Braxton Bragg. Peter & Braxton are co-authors of new book "Product Sense", with which they hope to help the next generation of product managers discover their product superpower and land that next big product management role. We speak about how the book came about, some of the themes inside, and whether it's fair enough to brag on Twitter about not writing tickets.

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About the Episode

An interview with Peter Knudson & Braxton Bragg. Peter & Braxton are co-authors of new book "Product Sense", with which they hope to help the next generation of product managers discover their product superpower and land that next big product management role.

We speak about a lot, including:

  • Their shared history as product managers in the gaming industry, why Peter stayed in it and why Braxton spread his wings
  • How the book has been received, how they took an iterative approach to book writing, and why they decided to write a book together in the first place
  • How the book is different to some of the other classic "get a product job" books and whether it's a compliment or a replacement
  • The importance of bringing your authentic self to product manager interviews, and whether it's ever OK to fake it till you make it
  • How they define product sense, whether everyone already has it, and whether people who don't have it can be taught it
  • The concept of a product manager superpower, being T-shaped, and using your expertise and passion to stand out from the crowd
  • Why they created the Compass Framework, why it's needed and how it helps give a structured response to interview questions
  • Whether you need an MBA to be a product manager, whether it's totally unnecessary, and how in either case it can be very tricky to get into product

And much more!

Buy Product Sense

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"Product Sense is a comprehensive and accessible, guidebook for what it means to solve problems as product manager, and ace complicated PM interviews."

Visit the book website or check it out on Amazon or Goodreads.

Contact Peter & Braxton

You can contact Peter or Braxton on LinkedIn.