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Randy Silver: The conversations that create impactful products

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Randy Silver is a product leadership advisor, podcast host, and global product community weaver. We explore the conversations needed to drive impact and perception of value.

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Topics discussed:

(04:00) Moving from a journalistic editor to product editor

(07:34) Parallels between product management film production

(09:53) Missed opportunities & the need for collaboration

(15:21) Alignment with stakeholders

(18:24) Sales misalignment and restructures

(21:10) Diagnosing teamwork challenges with partners

(25:02) Diagnosing your new org via informational interviews

(28:05) Creating a manager README

(30:11) Roles and responsibilities convo for better understanding

(35:19) Guiding conversations and change

(44:22) Did reorganization at Airbnb address strategy misalignment?

(46:18) Defensive reaction within product community to Airbnb

(52:14) Coordinating while scaling

Links & resources mentioned

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Randy Silver: website, LinkedIn, Twitter

MTP talk: “Getting aligned with your exec team by Randy Silver”

• Podcast: The Product Experience

• Book: “What Do We Do Now? A Product Manager’s Guide to Strategy in the Time of Crisis”

The product environment canvas

Stakeholder Informational interview template

Related episodes:

Andrew on Randy’s podcast, The Product Experience

#72 Pam Fox Rollin: Growing groups into teams

#44 Teresa Torres: Habits for clear thinking and better product bets

#18 Josh Seiden: Create clarity with outcomes thinking

#5 Rich Mironov: Building a thriving product organization

#3 Christina Wodtke: Unleashing potential with extraordinary teams

People & orgs:

Georgie Smallwood

Matt LeMay

Alan Albert - value based pricing

Itamar Gilad


Growing Groups Into Teams

Evidence Guided

The Team That Managed Itself

Continuous Discovery Habits

Outcomes Over Output

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

Other resources:

Product, it’s time to grow up

Rich Mironov: The slippery slope of sales-led development

The Journey to Empowered Teams - Twitter, Airbnb & Tumblr

Product Strategy Acid Test

OODA loop

• Manager README: The Indispensable Document for the Modern Manager

Roman Pichler - the decision making chart

Relentless equanimity