Killing Zombies – Lisa Long on The Product Experience [Rebroadcast] "Product people - Product managers, product designers, UX designers, UX researchers, Business analysts, developers, makers & entrepreneurs August 08 2019 True podcast, Product Development, product management podcast, The Product Experience, Mind the Product Mind the Product Ltd 548 Lisa Long explains how to find and kill zombie features at ProductTank London Product Management 2.192

Killing Zombies – Lisa Long on The Product Experience [Rebroadcast]


We’re taking a short break from releasing new episodes for the month of August. We’ll be back with new interviews in September. But don’t despair! We’ve asked a few friends to pick some of their favorite episodes to re-broadcast in the meantime. This week’s pick comes from our Executive Producer, Emily Tate.

Emily Tate’s Pick

It is hard to choose a single episode as my favorite, so I went with Lisa Long’s episode on Killing Zombie Features because it has really stuck with me. I actually listened to this episode multiple times when it came out, and there is just so much truth in it that I have experienced myself. I think any of us that have worked on an older product really understand the weight that Zombie Features put on the development process and the joy of finally killing one. The advice Lisa gives in this episode is advice I wish I had earlier when I really needed to navigate the corporate struggles that come when you try to take features away, even if they’re terrible.

I can also credit this episode with another impact on me. I have been recovering from a recent foot surgery and needing to ease my way into activity again. So this interview with Lisa inspired me to check out Zombies, Run! I can confirm – it is a great way to motivate yourself to get out there and be active. I always want to know what happens next in the adventure!

As an added bonus, we actually created a transcript of this episode as well. You can check it out here!


The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She has worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank in Bristol, the Product Managers’ meetup with regular events and talks on Product now with 800+ members and growing. Now the Product Director at Symec, Lily also runs ProductCamp in Bristol & Bath.

A recovering music journalist and editor, Randy has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. After launching Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, Randy has worked with museums and arts groups, online education, media & entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Now a trainer, Discovery and Leadership consultant, he’s spoken at Mind the Product Engage (Hamburg and Manchester), at a number of ProductTanks (London, Zurich, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, and Brighton… so far!) and at conferences across the US and Europe.

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