E007 — Write the Outcome. Align on the Outcome.

For non-conformists, one hitter quitters
For Tyson types and Che figures
Let’s get it together, come on let’s make it

A Tribe Called Quest, The Space Program

Mikal and Sam discuss tools for communicating the vision, priorities, and perspective that uniquely differentiates you and recommend going with the lightest weight alignment tool that gets the job done.

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E006 — The Only Success is Team Success

That every now and then you gotta ask yourself
Do you really wanna win or just look good losing?

Phonte (Little Brother), Dreams

Mikal and Sam discuss what it means when the only success is team success, why it’s important for teams not to treat deliverables (code bases, comp, specs) as a success metric, and finally why the business value you create also needs a corresponding customer value.

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E005 — Product Team Members Must Hold Themselves to an Atypically High Standard

One thing that’s phenomenal was the day I decided
To hold myself accountable for my behavior

Royce da 5’9″, Hero

Mikal and Sam discuss that the trust in the product team, corresponds with an accountability for team members to hold themselves to an atypically high standard.

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E004 — The Product Team has Skin in the Game (Job Risk) Regarding Product Outcomes

Find your direction through introspection
And for my people out there I got a question
Can we be the sole controllers of our fate?
Now who’s gonna take the weight?

Gang Starr (Guru), Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?

Mikal and Sam discuss who is on the ‘product team’ and the difference between “product risk” and what it means for the team to have skin and the game regarding product outcomes.

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E003 — The First Building Blocks to Great Products

But you can’t break the mold in by holding your breath

Cee-Lo, Die Tryin

Mikal and Sam discuss why empowered and accountable Product Teams are the first building blocks to great products.

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E002 — ‘Product Teams’ Pursue the Law of Increasing Returns

The name is well kept, and the rep just gets bigga

Gang Starr, The Rep Grows Bigga

Mikal and Sam explore what product teams should aspire to, why a lot of what we think is great Product Teams are actually Optimization Teams, and the law of increasing returns.

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E001 — Great Products come from ‘Product Teams’

Slow down! You’re still a amateur

What separates the pro from the amateur is stamina

KRS-One. “Health, Wealth, Self.” KRS-One

Mikal and Sam introduce The Product Coach Podcast, quick wins, and what’s wrong with product today.

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