Last week we published a list of our favourite product management blogs to help you stay up-to-date with industry trends and brush up your skills. This week, we want to discuss our favourite product management podcasts and what you can learn from them.
The Product Podcast
The Product School’s The Product Podcast has over 400 episodes featuring product managers from top companies like Facebook, Uber and Slack. These interviews include everything from daily responsibilities and duties to larger tasks and trends so you can get a well-rounded look into these PMs.
It’s a great way to get a look into the habits and practices of successful product managers and see what you can utilize in your own work. What do they do that helps them stand out? What makes them more efficient? Furthermore, because they interview so many different people from various industries, it’s a great way to learn how product management can differ for different teams and organizations.
This is Product Management
Mike Fishbein’s This is Product Management podcast talks about product management realistically. It doesn’t shy away from discussing the hard parts of the industry or any failures that may happen. The truth is that product management can be overwhelming, and Fishbein tries to give listeners the resources to get their footing in the industry by showing product management up-close and personal.
While it’s a great podcast for beginners, it’s also a good resource for experienced product managers as well as it can help them keep up-to-date and refresh their skills.
Masters of Scale
Masters of Scale is run by Reid Hoffman, one of the co-founders of LinkedIn, and focuses on scaling and growing business. His episodes feature guests (including CEOS from Shopify and Netflix and figures like Bill Gates) who discuss how they built and scaled their own businesses. Their stories and strategies give you unique insights into their process and can help you plan how to scale your own company as well.
You can learn everything from leadership and entrepreneurship to business strategy and fundraising from Hoffman.
This Week in Startups
This Week in Startups, hosted by startup veteran Jason Calacanis, focuses on successful product startups by interviewing their up-and-coming entrepreneurs, CEOs and product managers as well as Calacanis’ colleagues and other business experts. It covers everything from product development to the SaaS model.
Product Coalition offers a great community of product professionals you can learn from, but its podcast can be even more helpful. It gets into the specifics of how to turn your ideas into reality and all the obstacles you might face in your journey as a product manager. And because of its large community, it’s also a great way to see how different product managers work around the globe.
Product Coalition’s podcast episodes go deep into specific product management topics like technical debt, engineering problems and dealing with executives.
Product Talk by Products That Count is another great way to find product management role models. Each episode is a deep dive with high level product leaders who share their stories and advice on how they created and managed successful products. Many of these leaders have specific and different niches or verticals, meaning there’s something for everyone.
Product People is pretty self-explanatory—it’s a podcast about products and the people who create them. It’s a great podcast for learning tips from successful product managers and leaders for everyone from beginners to experts. You can find episodes on everything from building habits to promoting your product to SaaS pricing models.
100 Product Managers is a great podcast series by Suzanne Abate. As you might guess, each episode features a different product manager or expert from various different industries; for example, she’s hosted people from Squarespace, Expedia and Netflix. It’s a great resource from anyone in a startup or enterprise; there’s something for everyone here.
With 100 PMs, you can find resources on everything in product management from hardware design to hiring team members and much more. Her website also has many different articles on these topics if you want even more information.
Our last podcast on this list, Rocketship.fm, is hosted by Michael Sacca and focuses on explaining best practices and tips for efficiency in the product world. You can find insights on various topics in project management, like funding and growth, but you can also find valuable information on marketing and sales. It’s a great resource for everyone from product managers to product developers and everyone in between.
Rocketship.fm has ten seasons so far, and all of them focus on different themes in the product world; for instance, one of their seasons focuses on the unglamourous side of product management and mistakes people have made in the industry, and another focuses on workplace confessions with industry leaders. The podcast uses case studies to explain different product management concepts, giving you a unique insight into each case and a better understanding of what they mean.