The Always Updated list of 20+ Product Management Podcasts you should listen to
A list of podcasts to listen, learn and engage with Product Management
All podcasts are not equal. There is variance in frequency, content, topics and styles but they can all offer us something different. I love podcasts as a medium for learning. Over the last few years working in Product Management, I’ve curated a playlist that works really well for me and wanted to share it with the community.
I intend to continually come back to this post and update as my listening changes and I discover new content so keep checking back!
I broke this post down into 5 main categories
- Product Management
- Business & Organisations
- User / Customer Research
The Podcasts in each section are in no particular order.
For each Podcast, I’ve given a Thought-Provoking rating between 1 and 5 stars. This is my personal score based on how it challenges me to think about my role and how I do it. Regardless of their rating, I should note that these are all podcasts in my playlist that get listened to — I just look to them for different things.
Featured this Month
Every month, I’ll amend this section to feature a particular podcast. These are not sponsored positions, just a show I particularly enjoy that I want to highlight to my Product peers!
Product Coffee started in 2019. The show is 30minute conversation chunks on a variety of Product Management topics. The reason I enjoy the show so is because of how genuine and transparent the members of the panel. It really does feel like you’re sat in a coffee place with a group of your favourite Product Friends talking about the challenges you face day-to-day. Even better, there are practical tips you can take away.
Product Coffee is probably my favourite Product Management podcast. The style is laidback (around a cup of coffee) and covers the day-to-day of Product Management in a genuine way. Sometimes it can feel like every other Product Team has their stuff together but Product Coffee reminds me we’re all struggling with similar challenges.
The Product Experience
Produced by MindTheProduct, Lily Smith and Randy Silver interview Product People from around the world that have spoken at ProductTanks (the local MTP meetups). The conversational, interview-based approach makes you feel like you’re in the discussion. Generally, I find they tackle bigger topics (such as “how to prototype” or “how to manage people”) but with meaningful things you can apply to your daily work.
The Product Science Podcast
I only found The Product Science Podcast last year but it’s the first I listen to when the latest episode is out. Holly’s relaxed style results in interesting conversations with new and familiar names in Product Management. Again, the podcast covers a broad range of topics from User Research through to Organisational Change. The format means the show has rigour and methodology you can use.
This is Product Management
This is the first Product Management podcast I started listening to a few years ago. The interviews don’t appear to be conducted live so you don’t get the conversational depth you get from podcasts like Product Science or the Product Experience. However, they have a large back catalogue that covers an extremely broad range of topics so you’re guaranteed to find a number of episodes that interest you.
Product Coalition Product Management Podcast
A recent addition to my playlist, Product Coalition hosted by Jay Stansell talks to Product People from different geographical regions. The first round was conducted in Australia and he’s now meeting with our Product Peers across Europe. A unique take on our community with new names and fresh ideas. I’m looking forward to how it develops!
Inside Intercom Podcast
Inside Intercom was a Podcast I couldn’t quite place when I first started listening to it. The topics are varied and cover Product Management, Design, Business and much more. Now, I use it as a way to raise my awareness of topics outside of my usual learning list. Really great content.
Product Love is another conversational, interview-style podcast that discusses a range of topics — primarily related product management. You can probably tell by now that I enjoy this style. Where I find Product Love unique is the topics they cover are general the bread-and-butter topics of Product Management but I usually take away a slightly different perspective.
Business & Organisations
Rocketship is one of my favourite podcasts to listen to. Each season that covers a different area (currently exploring Product Failures.) The cohosts explore topics with interviews from different people. I’d highly recommend working through their back catalogue because it is full of amazing content covering everything from running effective meetings, productivity and metrics. One thing to note, their adverts are getting a bit long so be prepared to use the skip 10second button!
Techmeme Ride Home
Techmeme is a daily podcast with ~15minute episodes that I use for keeping up with the latest tech news. The digests work well as our industry is so connected and moving so far. I like to maintain that broad understanding so Techmeme is how I do that. If there is a particular news item I want to explore in more detail, I can do that myself outside of the podcast space.
a16z is a podcast produced by the Andreessen Horowitz (Venture Capitalists) Team. They cover macro-topics and, directionally, where they are heading with some episodes going more into the specifics of business building. For me, it’s one of the podcasts that really elevate the conversation and expands my outlook.
HBR IdeaCast brings through interviews and ideas from business and management leaders. Given the parallels with the Product Management role, there is a lot we can take away — from running effective meetings through to cybersecurity. The podcast goes a good job of helping me take a step back from the specifics of Product Management and gain an overview of the broader business environment.
Rework (from the team at Basecamp) product a fantastic Podcasts with a wealth of insights. The thing they do really well is to give a fresh perspective on established ideas or add something new into the mix which challenges me to reevaluate how I approach things. They also frankly discuss the more difficult conversations (privacy, abuse of ads etc) in a way that few other podcasts seem to.
Masters of Scale
Hosted by Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Master of Scale bring in a broad array of guests from familiar companies to discuss the behinds the scenes of how they grew. Reid does an excellent job of threading these together into a story and giving insights and tales we wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
User / Customer Research
Mixed Methods focuses on User Research and is hosted by Aryel Cianflone. I’ve been using it to get a deeper understanding of qualitative data and research practices. The podcast is semi-active - episodes are released infrequently. The back catalogue, although not huge has a lot of great content.
One of my newer editions (I only subscribed a few weeks ago) and I’m making my way through the back catalogue. Again, an avenue for better understanding of humans and how to really embrace User Research in an organisation.
Secrets of the Most Productive People
There are a number of Productivity Podcasts in the stores and this is the one that I reference. I’m always looking for ways to hack my productivity and although there hasn’t been anything mindblowing, there are usually small tips in an episode that I can use to improve my own workflows.
Tools They Use
Again, this is a dip-in Podcast that I usually take away smaller tips. Again, I’ve not (yet) come across anything that dramatically shifted my workflow but it’s interesting to hear all the different ways people approach their Productivity.
99% Invisible is a very broad podcast. The reason I enjoy it so much is it exposes me to topics and people I would never come across in my daily life. The themes are varied from truckers to laugh tracks — the stories behind them are fascinating and gives me an appreciation for people and products further afield. This is probably the most unique podcast in this list.
The Knowledge Project
For me, this is a real education podcast. A broad range of extremely knowledgable guests sharing their stories, failures and learnings. You sit and listen into deep conversations between the host and the guests. Full disclosure: these episodes are long, usually running to 90minutes but I think that’s why there is such depth to the interviews.
Jake and Jonathan
Formerly known as the Product Breakfast Club, this show is a random mashup of general conversation, design, product and guests. I’m never entirely sure what I’m going to get when I play the episode (after Jake and Jonathan have finished singing the intro) but entertaining nonetheless.
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