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by Chad McAllister, PhD

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The Everyday Innovator is a weekly podcast dedicated to your success as a product manager and innovator. Join me us for interviews with product professionals, discussing their successes, failures, and lessons-learned to help you excel.


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TEI 125: Product management communities of practice – with Martin Eriksson

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 22, 2017


  You are not alone as a product manager or innovator if you have had to explain your job to people you work with. It’s not uncommon. While your role is vital to the creation of successful products, it is not always understood by others. It can also be a lonely role because of that. […]

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TEI 124: Business design for product managers – with Jay Peters

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 15, 2017


Product managers and innovators want more influence in an organization so they can better create value for customers. Without influence, we can’t build support for our ideas and convince others to help us. Influence also allows us to be more strategic in our work, which is the same thing executive leaders want from product management. […]

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TEI 123: A product management view of Value Proposition Design – with Alex Osterwalder

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 08, 2017


  This interview is rather meta. It’s a discussion about a book; not about the book itself, but about the product management decisions for creating the book. This is the story of recognizing a problem a target market has and addressing it with a product. You likely already know my guest, Alex Osterwalder, as the […]

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TEI 122: The elements of value for product managers – with Paul Jackson

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 01, 2017


Listen Now to the Interview   Ok, I admit it, value is my most overused word. It’s because I love the word. What do product managers and innovators create for customers? Value! How about organizations? They create value. What do customers want? The products they purchase must provide value — more value for them than […]

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TEI 121: How top product managers launch awesome products and build successful teams- with Richard Banfield

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


Listen to the Interview   As you know from my Product Mastery Roadmap, product masters are the product leaders who have influence throughout an organization to launch awesome products customers love and to build successful product teams. And, this is exactly the topic I discuss with my guest. Richard Banfield has co-authored an exciting new […]

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TEI 120: Product development and management at Snap-on – with Ben Brenton, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


Listen to the Interview   I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing guests with incredible insights for us product managers and innovators and today’s guest cuts through a lot of noise and presents clear principles for creating more successful products. My guest is the Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Innovation for Snap-on, the leading […]

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TEI 119: The 17th Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey results – with Rebecca Kalogeris

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 10, 2017


Listen to the Interview   Are you like other product managers and innovators? Do you spend your time like most do? Are the challenges you encounter different from other product managers? These types of questions are explored each year in the Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey. I explored the results of last year’s survey […]

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TEI 118: Tools for data-driven product management – with Shah Ahmed

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 03, 2017


Listen to the Interview   I call listeners to this podcast Everyday Innovators. That means something. We are wired in such a way that makes us curious about problems people have, but we don’t stop there. Our real curiosity is how can we develop a product, or enhance a product, that solves a problem and […]

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TEI 117: How Pitney Bowes built a Product Management Council – with Felicia Anderson

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 27, 2017


Listen to the Interview I took notice when Pitney Bowes created a Product Management Council, and I wanted to learn what they are doing with this council. Anytime an organization puts a focus on their product development and management capability, I expect good things to come of it. That’s because products are the revenue engine […]

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TEI 116: How to transition into product management – with Charles Du

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


One of the questions I am asked by listeners is how do you become a product manager. For example, Melissa emailed me and said: “I’d like to hear more about transitioning to a product management role in software – getting yourself up to speed on the technical aspects that product managers needs to know to […]

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TEI 115: 6 areas of expertise effective product managers need – with Steve Johnson

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


Product managers and product teams have the challenge of creating market-winning products — those are products that customers love and that create value for customers and the organization. Some product managers are not as effective as they could be, or they have actually become less effective over time. According to my guest, an effective product […]

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TEI 114: New product managers share insights about the role and making the transition into product management – with 3 millennial product managers

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


This is the where product managers learn to be product masters. Product masters are the leaders of products in organizations and this episode is a very special one as I have not one but three guests who are all on their way to becoming product masters. This episode came about with the help of one […]

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TEI 113: Innovation tools – with Evan Shellshear

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


A frequent question lately has been what tools are used by product managers and innovators. In this episode, we are addressing some tools for innovation. I’ll cover product management tools in a future episode. To discuss innovation tools, I talked to the one person who has literally written the book on innovation tools, which appropriately […]

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TEI 112: Lean marketing for product managers – with Joe Dager

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


Lean concepts are being applied across organizations, but what about applying them to marketing? To explore how Lean benefits marketing, I talked with someone who has helped many organizations fuse Lean practices into marketing. That person is Joe Dager. As product managers are frequently involved with aspects of marketing, I thought these concepts would be […]

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TEI 111: How SPICES help product managers build insanely great products – with David Fradin

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


A book caught my attention recently, and when I investigated the author, I was even more intrigued. The book is “Building Insanely Great Products,” written by David Fradin. David has trained thousands of managers throughout the world. He infuses his workshops with insights and experiences gained as a product leader at companies like Apple & […]

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TEI 110: How GE’s FirstBuild creates products – with Taylor Dawson

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


We have seen significant increases in large companies creating some type of innovation lab or starting a partnership with an innovation lab. One benefit is that the innovation lab can run at a different pace than the organization. The lab has more freedom to try quick experiments and explore new areas that may be deemed […]

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TEI 109: How product managers can design the organization they want – with John Latham, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


Product managers have unique experiences and competencies that equip them for senior leadership roles. Many CEOs come from a product management background, including the last 8 CEOs of Proctor & Gamble. But, what should the product manager turned senior leader (or one who is planning on being a leader in the future) do to help […]

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TEI 108: Communicating design in product management – with Latif Nanji

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


The role of product management is encompassing more design and the need to integrate design capabilities into the product team. It is a topic that Latif Nanji is passionate about, along with designing products customers love. Latif is the CEO of Roadmunk, which creates road mapping software for the enterprise.  Roadmunk was built out of […]

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TEI 107: Create group flow for radical innovation – with Laurie Buss

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 16, 2017


I’m very interested in how innovation can be made better and one category of tools is related to team performance – higher performing teams can create products that produce higher value. One particular tool is Group Flow, which was the topic of a paper published by The International Council on Systems Engineering titled “Group Flow: […]

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TEI 106: Jobs to be done – with Tony Ulwick

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


I have a returning guest, Tony Ulwick, who is sharing 6 tools from his new book, Jobs to Be Done: Theory to Practice. Tony is well known for the creation of Outcome Driven Innovation and as the founder of Strategyn. When ODI was published in the Harvard Business Review, they declared it one of “the […]

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TEI 105: Highlights from valuable 2016 interviews with savvy product management insiders – with Chad McAllister, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 02, 2017


Welcome to the second anniversary of the Everyday Innovator — another 52 episodes of discussions with skilled product managers and savvy insiders. In this year in review I share highlights from several of the discussions – emphasizing concepts and tools product managers and innovators should know. Just like my 2015 Year in review, there are […]

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TEI 104: Storytelling for innovation – with Michael Margolis

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 26, 2016


My guest today discusses another valuable topic related to the skills that all product managers need and that, according to a 2016 study, results in a 25% increase in pay. If you want to see the full list of topics, go to www.TheEverydayInnovator.com/podcast. The topic is how to use storytelling to share ideas and persuade […]

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TEI 103: How Karcher developed a new product that captured the market – with Bill Ott

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 19, 2016


This interview is a great discussion about a product story — from how the product concept was developed all the way through launch, including industry awards the product has received. My guest is Bill Ott, Executive Vice President of the product development organization at K?rcher. They are the world’s leading manufacturer of cleaning equipment. Bill […]

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TEI 102: Executive coaching for product managers – with Evan Roth

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


I’ve been fortunate to have excellent mentors at different times during my career. I’ve seen an interesting trend in the last few years – the rise of the personal coach. This is a type of mentor. A personal coach can help you in many ways, all of which are generally related to improving performance and […]

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TEI 101: 9 traits of highly innovative people- with Tamara Kleinberg

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 05, 2016


I’m a big believer in people playing to their strengths, and this includes product team members and others involved in innovation. Not everyone has the same strengths – if we did, that would be a bit boring. Realizing how people approach innovation and their strengths is something Tamara Kleinberg accomplishes. Tamara has spent more years […]

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TEI 100: Celebrating 100 episodes for product managers – with host Chad McAllister

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


Welcome to the 100th episode of The Everyday Innovator podcast. I have a little something different for this episode, being this is kind of a big milestone, the 100th episode. I don’t have a guest today, and I’ll tell you more about that in the episode recording. For the 100th episode, I cover four topics: […]

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TEI 099: Speaking with confidence and gravitas – with Caroline Goyder

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


Have you ever wondered why some people earn attention and respect when they speak and others don’t? According to my guest, the secret to their success can be summed up in one word: gravitas. With gravitas, you can express yourself clearly and with the passion and confidence to persuade, influence and engage listeners. And that […]

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TEI 098: When product managers’ good ideas are not enough-with Samuel Bacharach

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


I have a great guest for us to learn from – the author of a new book, The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough. Doesn’t that sum up the challenge of being a product manager – when your good idea is not enough. My guest, Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, argues that in […]

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TEI 097: How product managers pitch and sell ideas to managers – with Chris Westfall

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


The topic of this episode is another in a series of interviews I’m doing focused on the four skills that enable a 25% higher income for product managers and increasing their influence. The 4 skills were discussed back in episode 073 and include: Pitch artist – the ability to present and sell your ideas and […]

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TEI 096: Conjoint analysis for product managers- with Brian Ottum, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


This episode is about market research – what’s in your toolbox for conducting consumer and market research? Does it include Conjoint Analysis? Well, if not, it will after you listen to this episode. To explore the topic and walk through an example of using Conjoint Analysis, I tracked down a previous guest from way back […]

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TEI 095: Product line roadmapping for product managers – with Paul O’Connor

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


The last episode was on the topic of product roadmaps and today we extend that topic by considering product line roadmaps – roadmaps for product lines and product families. The person who has turned that topic into his professional career is Paul O’Connor. He is the founder and managing director of The Adept Group and […]

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TEI 094: Creating product roadmaps for product managers – with Jim Semick

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


I’ve had some requests from listeners to explore product roadmaps, so I had a discussion with Jim Semick. He is co-founder of ProductPlan, which creates roadmap software for product teams. Jim has helped launch new products generating hundreds of millions in revenue, including being part of the founding team at AppFolio for property management, responsible […]

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TEI 093: Identifying the ideal customer – with Tom Schwab

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


According to my guest, “Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer.” Of course, then my first question is how do we find the ideal customer for a product or service. Thankfully, my guest, Tom Schwab, had some ideas. Tom is the founder of Interview Valet and […]

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TEI 092: Innovation mantras from R&D-with Dana A. Oliver

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 03, 2016


Research and development is tightly coupled with product management and innovation. To learn how an R&D person thinks about innovation, I talked with Dana A. Oliver, who has 30 impressive years of experience in R&D groups. He now focuses on writing and coaching, after leaving Medtronic, the medical device company, where he was the Senior […]

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TEI 091: How product managers can influence virtual teams – with Hassan Osman

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


This episode is about virtual teams. Many of us are part of virtual teams and we have felt the pain of virtual teams that don’t work well. Virtual teams are becoming more common in organizations and especially product management and innovation where the product team is often scattered across multiple time zones. I found someone […]

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TEI 090: Agile product portfolio management- with Brent Barton

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


We have explored the topic of product portfolio management in previous episodes, but not from an Agile perspective. That is the topic for this episode – Agile portfolio management. Each week I talk with a savvy insider to help us understand an aspect of product management and innovation. This time my guest is one of […]

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TEI 089: Intelligent disobedience for product managers-with Bob McGannon

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


Are there times that product managers need to be disobedient – not do what they were asked to do? To explore the topic I spoke with Bob McGannon who has great experience with this through the lens of project management. As the purpose of a project is to develop a product or service, product managers […]

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TEI 088: Product management for preparing the next generation of innovation leaders- with Youth Digital

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 05, 2016


My son got to meet his heroes. Not sports players, astronauts, or Marvel comics characters. He met the people behind Youth Digital, his favorite source for online tech courses. We traveled to their headquarters in Chapel Hills, North Carolina. What they are all about is creating the next generation of creators, focused on kids ages […]

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TEI 087: Metrics and successful product management – with Saeed Khan

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Saeed Khan. He started the On Product Management blog and has been a career product manager, working in Toronto, Canada and Silicon Valley. He is also a frequent speaker at product management events, including ProductCamps. I saw a presentation Saeed did on the topic of successfully using product management […]

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TEI 086: Manufacturing serendipity, open innovation, and product management – with Kevin Stark, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 22, 2016


You’ve likely heard of the curse of knowledge or sometimes it is called the curse of the expert. It occurs when our knowledge leads us down predictable paths, likely not considering other possible solutions to problems but only those that are familiar to us. This is cognitive bias and is the topic I asked my […]

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TEI 085: Managing product teams – with Todd Dewett, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


Product managers often work in diverse teams and need good team management skills to be successful. To explore managing teams, I invited a frequent keynote speaker and coach who companies invite to teach them about improving teams and their work. He is Dr. Todd Dewett, a best-selling author, popular trainer on Lynda.com, a TEDx speaker, […]

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TEI 084: Product portfolio management – with Carrie Nauyalis

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


Product portfolio management is concerned with selecting the right products to develop, making trade-off decisions, and generally maximizing the value of the product portfolio. It is an important activity in organizations that have more than one product, but it is also an activity that is difficult to learn about. I sought to find an expert […]

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TEI 083: Trend-driven innovation for product managers – with Max Luthy

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


Trends can be a product manager’s best friend. They can propel products, increasing adoption by customers, or if misread, they may have costly consequences of wasted resources, too much inventory, and lost opportunities. Product managers know about the importance of trends, but are often already overwhelmed and don’t make time to study trends. Are there […]

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TEI 082: Design Thinking and Action Learning for product managers – with Chuck Appleby, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Product management is about change – the change that creating new products involves. Along the way, product managers need to learn about customers and their needs, consider problems from different perspectives, and collaborate with others. A person with deep experience in doing these things and helping groups and organizations identify and push through barriers of […]

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TEI 081: Innovation Wars & creating products customers want – with Scott Bales

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 18, 2016


How can product managers help their organizations become more innovative? That is the topic of this discussion with the author of Innovation Wars: Driving Successful Corporate Innovation Programs. The author is Scott Bale, a technology & innovation evangelist. Scott has been a serial entrepreneur, speaker at TEDx, and now runs Innovation Labs Asia, based in […]

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TEI 080: Innovate like a startup – with Michael Docherty

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


When established companies decide they need to be more innovative, they often talk in terms of acting more like a startup. But acting like a startup is much more challenging in reality, especially for larger organizations. Instead, established companies can partner with startups. Doing so is the topic of the book, Collective Disruption: How Corporations […]

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TEI 079: Cross the chasm using the target market model – with Chasm Institute’s Michael Eckhardt

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 04, 2016


I read Crossing the Chasm when it was published in 1991. The third edition was released last year, with updated examples of how companies successfully increased the market for their new products. The book introduced me to the “target market model,” which had a significant impact on how I thought about the relationship between product […]

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TEI 078: Traditional vs Agile project management for product managers–with Chuck Cobb

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Project management is an important tool for product managers and an area where we have choices. I often hear Agile practitioners talk about the evils of more planned methodologies, like Waterfall and Stage-Gate. Like most things, these areas are not so black and white and the nuances are important. My guest, Chuck Cobb, is the […]

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TEI 077: Scaling lean product management – with Ash Maurya

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


I’m bringing back an incredible guest who I first interviewed way back in episode 10 – one of the first interviews I did. He wrote the step-by-step guide for implementing Lean startup practices, titled Running Lean, created the Lean Canvas tool, and blogs regularly about these topics at www.leanstack.com. His name is Ash Maurya. Now […]

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TEI 076: Effectively pitching your ideas and influencing others – with Nancy Duarte

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


The 2016 Annual Product Management and Marketing Survey identified four skills that are responsible for a significant increase in personal income. Product managers that excel in these four areas earn 25% more than product managers who don’t. One of these skills is called “pitch artist” and is defined as, “the ability to stand up to […]

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TEI 075: Building product lifecycle excellence – with Kimberly Wiefling

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


This episode is about the product lifecycle and developing products customers want. As the pressure to get products to market faster increases, little room is left for learning through mistakes. My guest knows this well and has helped numerous companies improve their processes and results developing products. She has worked all over the US, Europe […]

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TEI 074: Content Marketing for Product Managers – with Jerod Morris

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 30, 2016


The topic for this episode is one I have wanted to explore for a long time – the connection between product management and content marketing. If you look at a recent marketing textbook, you’ll see sections that address product management and likely some coverage of content marketing as well. I have found similarities between the […]

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TEI 073: The pulse of product management and 4 skills that match a 25% increase in pay – with Rebecca Kalogeris

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 23, 2016


I have a great guest, Rebecca Kalogeris, to help us understand the pulse of product management. We discussed a number of factors, such as what department product management reports to in companies and what product managers say the future holds for the profession of product management, but I was most interested to learn the 4 […]

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TEI 072: The 7Ps of successful consumer products – with designer and CEO Tracy Hazzard

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 16, 2016


My guest, Tracy Hazzard, is known as the “Product Whisperer.” She is CEO of industrial design firm Hazz Design and the co-designer of many consumer products you buy at retail stores every day. Tracy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and for more than 20 years she has been creating for […]

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TEI 071: How product managers can conduct Voice of the Customer research- with Gerry Katz

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 09, 2016


This discussion is about Voice of the Customer (VOC). When it comes to VOC experts, there are only a handful of people that match the experience of my guest today, helping hundreds of companies with VOC research and training many more practitioners. His name is Gerry Katz. He is also the author of several published […]

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TEI 070: Innovation and product management at Chick-fil-A – with Steve Nedvidek

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, May 02, 2016


I visited a few dozen Chick-fil-A restaurants across several states while I was on a year-long RV trip interviewing innovators. It was one of several restaurants I frequented. I was surprised and delighted with the consistently pleasant customer experience. That level of consistency is difficult for any chain of restaurants to achieve. It is one […]

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TEI 069: 4 reasons you should expand to an educational market- with Product Manager Bill Cullen

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 25, 2016


If you want your own BB-8 droid, you can buy one from Sphero, a company in Boulder, CO. BB-8 is the adorable droid in Star Wars, The Force Awakens. It is a round ball that rolls across the ground with a head that always stays on top of the ball. Sphero fuses robotic and digital […]

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TEI 068: Making product concepts easy to understand- with Lee LeFever

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Product managers must be effective communicators. We have ideas and product concepts to share, but the best idea will fall flat if not properly explained in terms our audience understands and appreciates. Further, if the idea is complicated, we have to find ways to make it easy to understand.   This is the world that […]

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TEI 067: Master the product manager interview – with interviewing coach Charles Du

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 11, 2016


In this interview you are going to learn simple structures for answering product management interview questions. This is useful for anyone wanting to start a career in product management or making a move to another company as well as for product leaders who interview candidates. My guest, Charles Du (Do), is a UX Designer, SCRUM […]

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TEI 066: Conducting customer research – with co-founder Jane Boutelle

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


Need a better customer research approach? This is the interview to listen to. My guest has an impressive background in product management, having served in product manager roles at Apple, Intuit, and other companies before co-founding a company that solves an important problem for product managers—getting the voice of the customer in a timely and […]

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TEI 065: Keeping innovation simple – with Brad Barbera

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


Just about every CEO talks about innovation but making it happen in their organizations is not easy. My guest agrees – stating that innovation is not easy, but it is simple. And, to show us how simple innovation can be, he just released the book, “Keep Innovation Simple: Lead with Clarity and Focus in a […]

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TEI 064: Help your product team go fast using Lean Startup practices – with Tristan Kromer

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 21, 2016


Product managers and innovators are using Lean Startup practices to create products customers love. But, many product managers are still learning about the right ways to apply Lean Startup to their work. To find some answers, I interviewed Tristan Kromer. His bio shares that he “helps product teams go fast.” He does this by coaching […]

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TEI 063: Product management in large and small companies – with Ellen Chisa

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 14, 2016


Product management work changes from company to company and from one industry to the next. A key factor influencing the work is the size of the organization. Product managers at a large company like Microsoft will have a different scope of responsibilities than a product manager in a small startup.  To explore these differences and […]

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TEI 062: Stage-Gate, agile Stage-Gate, and innovation tools used by 80% of the Fortune 1000 – with Mitch Kemp of Stage-Gate International

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Mar 07, 2016


One of the frequent topics I am asked about is processes for new product development. Sometimes the topic is approached from the perspective of an innovation framework, which includes how ideas are discovered for product concepts, or it is focused on developing a concept into a product. Both are addressed by the Stage-Gate system. Stage-Gate […]

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TEI061: Product managers are uniquely prepared to transform organizations for greater success – with John Latham, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 29, 2016


Most people, when asked, would share they want to work in a better organization. And, most organizational leaders would like to improve their company. How to accomplish both objectives is answered by organizational design. Product managers and innovators have an important role in this. The cross-functional nature of product management uniquely equips product managers to […]

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TEI 060: Design Thinking for greater innovation – with IBM Design Director Karel Vredenburg

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


I expect you’ll enjoy this wonderful discussion with the world-wide director of design at IBM, Karel Vredenburg. In this role, he leads design efforts, applying Design Thinking. He also conducts organizational transformation design workshops with senior executives at major companies around the world. Karel introduced User-Centered Design at IBM in 1993 and assumed a company-wide role […]

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TEI 059: Leading product teams and scaling a business- with Mike Paschal, Product EVP

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 15, 2016


Leading engineering teams from a strategic perspective of creating competitive products can be the source of a company’s growth. I interviewed Mike Paschal to explore this dimension of product development, management, and innovation. In our discussion he shares his experience building and leading engineering teams and applying the 3 P’s of business – people, product, […]

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TEI 058: How to 5X your product management career- with Allan Neil & Chad McAllister, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 08, 2016


I have a special guest today from the Great White North. It is cold at home in Colorado as I write this, but it was much colder at Allan Neil’s home in Toronto, Canada. Allan is a fellow product management podcaster, hosting Ready Product Radio. Allan asked if he could interview me for his podcast […]

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TEI 057: Applying the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework – with Chris Spiek

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Feb 01, 2016


The Lean Startup approach has brought a lot of visibility to the importance of getting out of your office and interacting with actual customers. And you do that so you can understand the details of their problems related to the solution or product you envision as a product manager and innovator. However, accomplishing this brings […]

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TEI 056: 5 steps to becoming an innovative company – with innovation VP Michael Wynblatt

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 25, 2016


Most companies talk about wanting to be more innovative, but few take the steps needed. In this discussion, I discovered the five steps organizations can take to be more innovative, from someone who has successfully executed the steps many times. Recently, Ingersoll Rand was ranked #9 for Innovation in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies 2015. They […]

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TEI 055: Solving challenges organizations create with product management and innovation – with Rich Mironov

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 18, 2016


Rich Mironov is a legend in the world of product management. He is the founder of Product Camp, a collaborative unconference for product managers and marketers that has spread across the world. He also is the author of the book The Art of Product Management: Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator. Today he provides full-time […]

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TEI 054: 5 Steps for selecting the best product ideas – with SVP Peter Duggan

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 11, 2016


The discussion with my guest is about selecting ideas to be developed into products. Many organizations encourage employees, partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide ideas for products, but only a few companies successfully manage organizing the ideas, selecting the best one, and executing well to turn ideas into valuable products. Peter Duggan, a SVP […]

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TEI 053: The 26 Most Important Concepts for Product Managers and Innovators – with Chad McAllister, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jan 04, 2016


Welcome to the one year anniversary of this podcast. I’m excited to review the key concepts I found most useful for product managers and innovators from the last 52 episodes. I heard Tim Ferriss do something similar on his podcast and thought it was really helpful and I think you will find it valuable for […]

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TEI 052: The Simple Approach for all Product Managers and Innovators to be Effective Communicators – with Curtis Fletcher

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 28, 2015


Great product managers must interact with people across the organization and possess the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels, including the very top of the company. Further, they are skilled in developing rapport with customers to gain deep insights into their problems and what they value. All of this requires effective communication and learning […]

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TEI 051: Creating Strategic Narratives and Imagineering Your Innovation Process – with Joe Tankersley

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 21, 2015


I learned what a Walt Disney Imagineer was when my kids started watching the Disney Imagineering videos about science and engineering. Imagineers are known as the dreamers, doers, and the masterminds of magic at Disney. They create what we see and experience at Disney properties. I was fortunate to speak with Joe Tankersley, who was an Imagineer […]

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TEI 050: Use design heuristics to improve idea generation – with Seda Yilmaz, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 14, 2015


I’ve been highlighting aspects of Design Thinking in several episodes and I continue with this episode that considers how idea generation can be improved using design heuristics. I discussed the topic with Seda Yilmaz,  a professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Iowa State University. She earned her PhD in Design Science from the University […]

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TEI 049: The right and wrong way to use a business case – with Steven Haines

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


Several years ago I was part of a group of product management professionals and we all felt that our profession lacked a good how-to guide that product managers could use. We considered writing one ourselves but life was a little too busy for us at the time. A few years later The Product Manager’s Desk […]

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TEI 048: Guiding Innovation at IBM and other Large Organizations – with CINO Linda Bernardi

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Nov 30, 2015


If you have wondered what it means to do innovation at a large company, you are in the right place. I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Bernardi, IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer responsible for Cloud and the Internet of Things. She is also a startup founder & CEO, strategic advisor to large organizations, and author […]

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TEI 047: Lessons from Design Thinking for Using Design in the FFE – with Giulia Calabretta, PhD.

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


I am doing another interview in my Design Thinking series and the topic of this episode is the impact of moving design principles into what is commonly called the Fuzzy Front End (FFE). I personally prefer the term Managed Front End, because, while it is fuzzy, full of unknowns and chaotic at times, it is […]

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TEI 046: Building a Global Innovation Capability at a Large Enterprise – with Caterpillar Director of Innovation Ken Gray

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Nov 16, 2015


When it comes to innovation, there are significant distinctions between startups and large enterprises. Startups have the advantage of agility and ability to rapidly change directions because they are not encumbered with legacy systems and organizational constraints. Large enterprises have access to greater resources and an established brand but also have erected barriers to innovation […]

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TEI 045: Understand What Customers Need Before Developing a Product – with Tony Ulwick

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Nov 09, 2015


In this episode I’m talking with the creator of an entire category of product innovation – one that significantly changed how I think about the process of innovation. Clayton Christensen said his approaches “bring discipline and predictability to the often random process of innovation.” The category of innovation is known as ODI, Outcome-Driven Innovation, and […]

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TEI 044: The 2015 Challenges in Product Management Findings – with Brian Lawley

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Nov 02, 2015


Brian Lawley is the CEO and Founder of the 280 Group, a company that provides product management and product marketing solutions. Brian has a long history in product management, including product manager for the Apple Macintosh OS. He is also the author of “The Phenomenal Product Manager: The Product Manager’s Guide to Success, Job Satisfaction […]

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TEI 043: Metrics for New Product Development – with Allan Anderson, PhD

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 26, 2015


My guest is Allan Anderson. He is a keynote speaker at the 2015 Product Innovation Management conference. For the past 20+ years he has been refining his skills in product development and change management, gaining three perspectives as practitioner, academic, and c-level leader in companies. He earned a PhD in Product Development from Massey University […]

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TEI 042: Applying User Experience Creates Products with High Value – with Larry Marine

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


There is a great TED talk by Steven Johnson titled “Where Good Ideas Come From.” Steven shares the importance of coffeehouses and how many innovations we recognize that took shape through discussions in coffeehouses. Interestingly, I met today’s guest, Larry Marine, at a coffee shop. I heard him discussing product design and started talking with […]

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TEI041: Using Story & Prototyping in a Design Thinking Framework – with Designer Mark Zeh

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 12, 2015


Mark Zeh was already developing products using a methodology that was very similar to what IDEO was doing when he joined them. The approach has since been coined Design Thinking. He views the use of storytelling coupled with prototyping as the keys that make Design Thinking work so well. Mark started his design career in […]

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TEI 040: How LEGO is Using Customer Communities for Product Innovation – with Marc-Andre Bazergui

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Oct 05, 2015


Back in episode 25 I told you about a unique experience I had creating the Future Innovation Leaders class for 8-12 year olds. We explored the connection between the digital world and the physical world. One of the tools we used was LEGO Mindstorms – robots that can be built and programmed. An executive at […]

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TEI 039: What Product Managers Need to Know about IP Protection – with Dan Brean

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 28, 2015


Patents, trademarks, and copyrights make my head spin. But, any good product manager or innovator needs to consider the intellectual property issues when developing a product. Consequently, I asked patent attorney Dan Brean of the Webb Law Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to help all of us Everyday Innovators navigate the IP issues with new product […]

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TEI 038: Product Managers Take Note…Changing a Culture for Innovation – with Poet Michael Graber

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 21, 2015


I met my guest at Innovation Excellence, the online home of the global innovation community, where we both contribute innovation insights regularly. Truth be told, I was giving in to my vanity and checking out the top-20 posts for the month. My record is three posts in the top-20 in one month. For the month […]

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TEI 037: Using Games to Help Your Group Create Amazing Products – with Luke Hohmann

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


Luke Hohmann was recommended by the VP of Global Innovation of the RELX Group, Jeff Honious, who was my guest in episode 28. Consequently, I knew I had to interview Luke to learn about his tools for innovators. Luke is the founder and CEO of The Innovation Games, which is now known as Conteneo. His […]

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TEI 036: Product Development Lessons for New and Experienced Software Product Managers – with Senior VP Jeremy Dillingham

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Sep 07, 2015


Jeremy Dillingham has a long list of skills and experiences as a seasoned product manager, including leading teams, roadmap planning, portfolio management, Lean Startup, Customer Discovery, Agile Development, and SaaS architectures. He is a mentor at Techstars, an accelerator for technology startups. He currently serves as a Senior VP at Return Path, a company that […]

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TEI 035: AIPMM is the Professional Association for Product Managers – with Therese Padilla

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 31, 2015


Professional associations provide value to career development. The first professional association I was involved in was the Project Management Institute, and I eventually became certified as a Project Manager Professional (PMP) because I recognized its value in helping me improve my project management capabilities while also helping me to stand out with future employers. Another […]

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TEI 034: 6 Processes for Generating Ideas for Radical Innovations-with Michal Herzenstein

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 24, 2015


I am continuing my series on Design Thinking and talking with Michal Herzenstein, who contributed to writing “Optimal Design for Radically New Products” in the PDMA Essentials book titled “Design and Design Thinking”. Michal is an associate professor of marketing at the University of Delaware and she earned her PhD in marketing from the University of […]

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TEI 033: Fostering Innovation via a Startup-With Tim Bates

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 17, 2015


Tim Bates has been taking things apart, fixing them, and building products since he was a kid. He has also been a product creator, founder, and CEO and more recently, an interim executive for hire serving in innovation, product and senior leadership roles. Another interesting thing about Tim is that he lives in Boulder, Colorado, […]

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TEI 032: Creating a Corporate Culture for Design Thinking-with Nathan Rosenberg

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 10, 2015


Nathan Rosenberg is the person who executives turn to for advice. He has worked with more than 100 of the 1000 largest companies in the world and has been founder or CEO of 5 companies. As an example of his experience, he provided innovation consulting that led a well-known consumer goods company to add $200M […]

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TEI 031: 4th Annual Study of Product Team Performance – with Greg Geracie

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


I am bringing back my guest from episode 17, which was about creating the ProdBOK – The Guide to the Product Management and Marketing Body of Knowledge and how Greg Geracie led that effort. I also shared on that episode that he is a co-author of the annual Study of Product Team Performance and the […]

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TEI 030: How Product Managers Create Products that Hook Customers–with Nir Eyal

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


The guest for this interview came from the recommendation of a listener. Thank you! Keep the quality recommendations coming. Nir Eyal has been a startup co-founder, a CEO, and now helps product teams build habit-forming products. He is also the author of the book “Hooked,” which tells you how to create products that capture the […]

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TEI 029: Reflections on Being a Serial Innovator in a Large Organization–with Steve Pierz at Caterpillar

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 20, 2015


I recently visited Peoria, Illinois, the global headquarters of Caterpillar. Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. They make a lot of really big things and innovation has been important to their 90 year history. However, we know being an […]

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TEI 028: Creating an Innovation Group in a Large Organization–with VP of Innovation Jeff Honious

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Jeff Honious is the VP of Innovation at RELX Group, which you may know as Reed Elsevier, a multi-billion dollar international publishing and information company. To provide some context for this, the company bio shares that it helps scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and executives forge relationships with their clients. Jeff’s […]

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TEI 027: If You are a Product Manager, You Need to Know about PDMA–with Charlie Noble

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jul 06, 2015


I have the pleasure of interviewing people in all types of roles that can help product managers, developers and innovators. And today I get to bring you a discussion with the Chairman of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), Charlie Noble. I’ve been wanting to do this interview because PDMA is the professional association […]

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TEI 026: How to Design Meaningful Products by Focusing on User Experience – with Mark Capper

Author: Chad McAllister, PhD - Helping Product Managers become Product Masters
Mon, Jun 29, 2015


If you have listened to other episodes of this podcast, you likely have heard me say that the challenges with product management and creating products customers love is not actually development – while it’s not easy, we generally know how to get a product developed. The real challenge is knowing what product to develop. This […]

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