Welcome to Product Internals! My name is Rob Stephenson, and together with Arvid Olovsson we play Product Manager by day at Spotify and just now we’ve started this Product Management podcast and blog.
In one of our 1:1 meetings around Christmas time, Arvid and I did some introspection on our careers and decided we should write a bit more to get our learnings down. I ended up writing 20 pages or so and extracted the learnings that I’ve internalised from my 10 years in tech so far. Arvid made a set of guardrails, which he describes as ‘The Bare Minimums’ of the PM job which he strives to keep in good shape at all times (spoiler, it’s a lot easier said than done!). We started discussing the conclusions that we’ve come to with our other PM colleagues and told some of the stories where we’ve made mistakes and learned. We got some feedback that these discussions were really valuable and would be great to share with other new or aspiring product managers, so here we are!
Each week we plan on releasing a 30 minute podcast together with a short blog post which centers around a lesson or learning. But like any good product managers we’re staying flexible, we’re open to feedback, and I’m sure we’ll experiment with different things and tweak the podcast, cadence, or content based on the qualitative and quantitative feedback we receive!
If this sounds like something you would be interested in please subscribe, follow and listen to the Product Internals podcast on Spotify (linked below), and find us on Twitter!
Rob and Arvid