Top 15 Podcasts for Busy Product Managers
Most product managers we know are extremely busy. If you’re wondering how you can find time to read a new product management book, there might be a better way to stay abreast of tips, trends, and ideas. Podcasts.
Before you say you don’t have time to add one more thing to your schedule, let’s point out an obvious caveat. You have to fold laundry and cook dinner. You more than likely commute to work. And you might even squeeze in a workout or run some days. All perfectly mindless activities that are utterly conducive to podcast listening.
Most product managers wear several hats. So, we focused attention on the best podcasts that give you not only product management information but also extend to entrepreneurship and leadership as well as marketing.
If you want to learn from some of the brightest stars in tech startups, listen to The Product Podcast by Product School. You’ll have access to the brilliant minds at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spotify, Twitter, and many other startups to help you break into product. The Product Podcast is perfect for PM’s, designers, engineers, and even marketers. Their most popular podcast so far is “9 Important Lessons of a Product Manager by Facebook PM.” Good stuff.
Once a week, get amazing interviews of the most brilliant minds from a variety of disciplines supporting today’s product managers. You get tactics and strategies and a deep dive into statistics, user experience, differentiation, innovation, design, development, ad metrics. One of their most popular podcasts is “Recurring Revenue is Product Management.“
3. Product Hunt
If you’re not already following Product Hunt, now is the time to start. The hosts Ryan Hoover and Erik Torenberg interview founders, investors, and product people in the startup community and beyond. They cover products, technology, and the people who create them. Product Hunt Radio is the podcast for product geeks and those who live and breathe product.
Jake Knapp, NY Times best-selling author of “Sprint,” has helped companies like Slack, Nest, and 23andMe build successful products. His co-host Jonathan Courtney is co-founder of AJ&Smart and have worked with RedBull eBay and the United Nations to help them build better products faster. One of their most popular episodes is “How to Deal with Doubt.“
Both Neil Patel and Eric Siu are top marketers who share their knowledge and wisdom freely with others. You get tremendous marketing tips, trends, and value in a short and sweet podcast. Every single day, the podcast offers 10 minutes of the hosts’ best actionable marketing advice and tips to skyrocket your business. One more popular podcast is “How to Be Creative When You’re Not Creative.”
6. Killer Innovations: Successful Innovators Talking About Creativity, Design and Innovation | Hosted by Phil McKinney
A little bit of management mixed with some marketing know-how, this podcast is part of a nationally syndicated radio show. McKinney interviews successful innovators about creativity, design, ad innovation. You get real-world, practical advice on radically improving your personal, career, and business success. One of the most popular podcasts is “Discovering the Roadmap to a Better Future.“
NPR is great for hard-hitting news and information, but their podcast “How I Built This” looks at the stories behind some of the world’s most well-known companies. Guy talks to innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists to give you the low-down on the movements they built. From Zappos and Airbnb to Lyft and Samuel Adams, you get insight into some of the most popular brands and their stories.
8. The Goal Digger Podcast – Marketing, Social Media, Creative Entrepreneurship, Small Business Strategy and Branding
Hosted by Jenna Kutcher, the Goal Digger podcast answers your most pressing questions about productivity tips, social media strategies, and business hacks. Jenna shares her tips and advice on how she became a self-made millionaire in photography, online courses, Instagram sponsorships, and how to be a #girlboss social media influencer. She also interviews the best in the industry who share their secrets to help you get inspired and meet or exceed your biggest goals.
You need this podcast about the art, craft, and discipline required to create a product that contributes value. #ProdMgmtTalk professionals cover everything from customer development and user experience to product innovation, design, development, marketing, and scaling. This podcast talks with thought leaders from Silicon Valley and beyond. One of their most popular shows is “How product managers can join the meaning revolution.”
10. HBR IdeaCast
Harvard Business Review hosts interview leading thinkers in business and management in this thought-provoking podcast series. You’ll love the in-depth segments that are only around 10 to 15 minutes long. They’re enough of a bite-sized portion of hard-hitting, meaty interviews on the best ideas out there. Look for two of their most popular shows, “How AI is Making Prediction Cheaper” and “Choosing a Strategy for Your Startup.”
Vasco Duarte, host of Scrum Master Toolbox, is an agile coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Manager, and business consultant who interviews scrum masters and agile coaches from around the world. You get actionable advice, tips and tricks, and techniques to improve your craft. Scrum Masters and Agile gurus from around the world will inspire you on such topics as Agile Business, Agile Strategy, Retrospectives, team motivation, sprint planning, and much more. One of Duarte’s most popular podcasts is “Mapping how a story gets developed and what we can learn from that.“
Hosts Chris Stark and Lorenzo Flores together have four decades of combined experience in how to be an effective leader. Covering soft skills like empathy, emotional intelligence, and how to make personal connections. Chris and Lorenzo help you keep employees engaged and performing at their peak. Podcasts come out every Monday and Thursday and are less than 30 minutes, easy to squeeze in for busy product managers. One must-listen-to podcast is a 7-part series on “Changing the Culture of a Team.“
Co-hosts Erin Falconer and Jeremy Fisher pick the brain of the brightest minds on topics like productivity, health, motivation, inspiration, minimalism, and self-improvement. Named in over 100 “Best of the Web” lists, this podcast helps you retrain your brain to experience and expect the best from both yourself and life. Episodes are less than 30 minutes and easily digestible for busy product managers. The most popular podcast is “Why People Matter with Starbucks Founder Howard Shultz.”
14. Proof to Product
Katie Hunt, founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp, takes you behind the scenes of some of the top growing product-based businesses. Katie talks to founders about their success, struggles, and how to keep a business growing. Get inspired, learn about new resources, and hear how to scale your business. Each week, Katie interviews a founder of a product-based business for 30-60 minutes on a variety of topics, like this popular podcast: “Kelly Parker Smith, Hello World Paper Co., on prioritizing profitable projects, setting boundaries to protect our time, and three strategies for enhancing your Etsy shop.”
Organizational psychologist Adam Grant interviews leaders from some of the world’s most unusual workplaces to discover the keys to better work. Learn how to low criticism or trust a co-worker you can’t stand. One of Adam’s goals with the WorkLife podcast is: you’ll never see your job the same way again. Episodes are around 30 minutes long, except for a recent live taping. Check out “Bonus: A Debate with Malcolm Gladwell.” Gladwell, a revisionist history expert, talks about how to avoid doing highly undesirable tasks and what makes an idea interesting.
Bonus Podcast: A16z
Produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, this product podcast discusses everything tech: culture, trends, news, and the future. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. Look for several weekly episodes varying in length from 7 minutes to just over an hour. Their most popular podcast to date is the “Network Effects, Origin Stories, and the Evolution of Tech.”
Bonus Podcast: Most Useful Podcast Ever
Popular Mechanics offers the most useful podcast ever to help you get things done. The magazine’s editor Jacqueline Detwiler hosts a rotating cast of individuals who answers the toughest questions and offer tips for being smart about life. Their most popular podcast is “Sleep” which interviews Dr. Charles Czeisler, the chief of the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Did you know the International Space Station inhabitants watch the sun rise and set every 90 minutes? Talk about crazy circadian rhythms! But the rest of us on earth, in fact 1 in about 5 people, struggle with getting enough sleep and staying alert during the day.
And there you have it. A compilation of some of the best podcasts to help well-rounded product managers add to their repertoire of skills and abilities. In minutes a day, you can learn new skills, come up with new ideas, and get inspired by others’ stories—all without setting aside hours to read a book. If don’t mind a little reading check out 17 Must-Read Product Management Books for a list of amazing product management books!