Product Therapy

Rich conversations on software product leadership, hosted by Giff Constable, former CPO of Meetup, CEO of Neo Innovation, and author of Talking to Humans and Testing with Humans

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Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Yvette Pasqua is an experienced software engineering and product leader. She was my CTO counterpart when I was CPO at Meetup, went on to be an engineering executive at Haven, the healthcare startup from Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorganChase, and was CPTO at Exos. She is currently acting as interim CTO/CPTO.  
1:17 The role of CPTO — the pros and cons and when it is applicable
19:30 You can never escape silos, you just have choose which ones
22:10 Whether to hire a separate head of data / AI
26:52 Unintended consequences of separate functional optimization (example: devops vs product engineers)
30:58 Promoting based on quality of execution versus objective metrics
41:55 Takeaways on growing teams, quality over quantity, scrappy generalists and player-coaches in the early days, resisting the pressures to over-hire
1:04:30 As a executive leader, how do you spot if or when you're the problem?
1:11:08 How to get people to be honest with you about areas for improvement
1:20:22 Building trust with your colleagues and the power of doing a listening tour when new
1:27:29 How do you help your teams make better decisions?
1:35:15 Trust and verify with your direct reports
1:41:49 Leading through change
1:46:28 The indelible lesson from a former boss
1:52:52 the work Yvette is interested in now
Link to her LEAD DEV talk on Leading through Change

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