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The Habits of Successful Product Managers – Dave Martin on The Product Experience


Dave Martin

We learn something from every guest that joins us on the podcast, but it’s not that often that something they say makes it onto our wall. Dave Martin (co-founder of Right to Left) chatted with us about building great habits for product people, and how to make sure they stick.  He also tells us about his simple question to ask at the end of every week – something that’s already made a difference to the way we work!

In this episode, sponsored by Pendo, listen to learn about:

  • What your habits are
  • How to have and retain good habits
  • What recruiters look for in a Product Manager

Quote of the Episode

Reward is a really important part of habit forming. It’s really important that you reward yourself and recognise when you’re doing well, so if you’re already doing it, there should be a big thumbs up – we should be high-fiving that somewhere. The fact that you have the habit at all is a good thing.

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Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. She’s currently Head of Innovation at Go Compare and has spent 13 years in the tech industry working with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She’s worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank Bristol (which now has 800+ members!) and runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.

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