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Product Management: What is the job, really? – Christian Idiodi

May 26, 2021

The job of a Product person is hard to define. We’re a little of everything, depending on the day and what’s needed. The one thing we can all agree on is that it’s never really done. Christian Idiodi—partner at Silicon Valley Product Group—joins us on the podcast to break down what’s expected of us, what we should actually be doing, how to get better at it, and how to know if we’ve actually got a great job.
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Episode transcript
Lily Smith:
Randy, so we’re recording this episode on Friday afternoon, and I am absolutely fried, but I’m also totally buzzing, because of our guest this week.
Randy Silver:
I’m equally fried, Lily. So, tell me who have we got?
Lily Smith:
We have the wonderful Christian Idiodi, partner at Silicon Valley Product Group. And he’s going to tell us all about what a product manager’s job is supposed to be.
Randy Silver:
Oh God, I hate that question. I always used to tell my wife that I go to meetings, so that other people can get work done. And then my friend, Monica Tosca, told me that our job was actually to help other people make better decisions faster. So, I stole that because she’s much smarter than I am.
Lily Smith:
Yeah, she sounds it. But at this point on a Friday, I have no idea what I’m doing or who I am. So, I’m really looking forward to this chat with Christian. And perhaps next week, I’ll be more productive as a result. The Product Experience is brought to you by Mind the Product.
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Lily Smith:
Christian, welcome to The Product Experience Podcast. It’s so lovely to have you here for our topic of the day.
Christian Idiodi:
Thank you, Lily. Nice to be here.
Lily Smith:
So, before we get stuck in to our conversation, for anyone who hasn’t met you before, could you give us a real quick intro into who you are and what you’re currently doing, and also just a bit of backstory on how you got into p...