May 17 • 54M

Adam Thomas: Operationalizing your product strategy

Make your strategy come alive and stay alive.

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Product leadership and culture through the lens of "what makes people tick?" MTTM weaves together product development, conscious leadership, and science to help you build a product that matters, a workplace people love, and a fulfilling career.
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Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas is a coach that helps product teams operationalize strategy so they spend more time focused on building the right products and less time fighting fires.

In this conversation, we discuss Adam's decision making framework, Survival Metrics, which helps product teams make better decisions and avoid both sunk costs and loss aversion. We talk about:

  • how to earn the trust of our counterparts and be better internal collaborators

  • how to make our strategy a living, breathing thing

  • key product leadership responsibilities that extend past product work


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[00:01:48] War gaming shaped product strategy

[00:03:22] Warhammer 40K

[00:07:11] Michael Jordan's Winning Shot

[00:11:22] The whole person equation

[00:14:15] Emotions in the workplace

[00:17:54] Survival metrics

[00:23:08] Implementing survival metrics

[00:27:26] Trust issues in product development

[00:30:05] Internal value exchange

[00:34:33] Being "Product Led" is Misleading

[00:36:26] Using survival metrics consistently

[00:39:23] Focusing on important outcomes

[00:45:12] Complying with regulations in finance

[00:50:13] Questions to ask yourself