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Product Innovation is a subject on everyone’s minds so we’ve been digging deeper into what that actually means. Who is responsible for product innovation? What does it look like in growth companies vs. enterprises? How do you make innovation part of the culture of an organization?

My guest today is Deanna Aho. Deanna has over 22 years of design and innovation leadership experience at organizations like Northeastern University, Cengage Learning, and most recently Quick Base.

Direct download: Deanna_Brown_Aho_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

This week our product hero is Emera Trujillo, Senior Product Manager at MediaMath. Emera started her career in customer services at Cars.com but eventually found herself seeking to satisfy her growing customer-centric mindset through product management.

Along with former Product Heroes Vanessa Ferranto, Cait Porte, she is an organizer for Boston Women in Product, whose mission is to inspire, equip and help advance women in product. Part of the larger Boston Product Management Association, the group organizes events for local female product leaders to learn and affect one another in an open, casual setting.

Direct download: Poduct_Hero_-_Emera_Truijilo_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:24am EST

Our guest this week is Mike Brown, Head of Product at GenePeeks. Mike has the unique distinction of being named our very first Product Hero. And he’s also the first one to return as a guest on our podcast. The GenePeeks platform has expanded a few times over the years, something that Mike and I talked about in our interview. What were the signs pointing to this expansion, and how did they know that the time was right?

Direct download: Mike_Brown_-_GenePeaks_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 5:53am EST

This week we sat down with Brian Lindauer, EVP Product and Engineering at Mavrck. Brian runs both engineering and product at Mavrck, which he says some find controversial but he finds interesting and important to satisfying his organizations "need for speed." Leading both groups allows the product team to move very fast and resolve conflicts across those two groups efficiently.

Direct download: Brian_Lindauer_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 6:22am EST

This week we sat down with José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design and User Experience at Philips Lighting. José joined Philips during an interesting time in the company’s history as they are currently in the process of splitting from Royal Philips to become a standalone lighting company, which is interesting given Philips started out in lighting 129 years ago. José understandably views this as both a challenge and an opportunity to find out what makes sense for the future of the company as it relates to design and innovation.

Direct download: Product_Innovation_-_Jose_dos_Santos.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series that highlights outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week's Product Hero is Stephanie Tanner, Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies.

Direct download: Stephanie_Tanner_FINAL.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

This week we kick off a new series on Product Innovation by sitting down with Michael Affronti, VP of Product at Fuze. We talked with Michael about dividing his time between making sure they are moving the ball forward on the short-term product changes and talking to customers about their needs all while continuing to innovate. Protecting innovation is one of the most difficult challenges for a company in the “hyper-growth” stage. Michael reveals how he challenges his team to think longer than three to six months out.

Direct download: Michael_Affronti.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series that highlights outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Thor Ernstsson, CEO of Alpha

Direct download: Product_Hero_-_Thor_Ernstsson.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 7:12pm EST

Product Hero is our bi-weekly series that highlights outstanding members of the product management community. These industry leaders share tips on processes, team building, how to be a better product manager, and who they are outside of their careers. This week our product hero is Daniel Elizalde, Founder at TechProductManagement.

Direct download: Product_Hero_-_Daniel_Elizalde.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 8:07am EST

A little over a month ago, we were invited to participate in General Assembly's Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers series. The idea of the series is to provide practical tips and insights from expert designers on how they're solving problems through design. We're always game to discuss UX design, product design, and design thinking, so we gladly accepted the invitation. Building digital products is a team sport, with both strategy and design complimenting one another. So we decided what better way to underscore this point than recommending a panel discussion on the topic of how designers and strategists working together at Fresh Tilled Soil?

Direct download: GA_Panel.mp3
Category:tech -- posted at: 9:27pm EST