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Episode 110 - Build High Growth Products by Following the Product Science Success Path (with Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder @ H2R Product Science)

Digital Transformation
Product Discovery
Product Principles

Episode 110: Build High Growth Products by Following the Product Science Success Path

Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder @ H2R Product Science

13 Feb 2022

13 Feb 2022 Holly Hester-Reilly head shot

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About the Episode

An interview with Holly Hester-Reilly. Holly is the founder of H2R Product Science, a consultancy that aims to help companies large & small build high growth products by following a scientific approach to product development.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • The mission behind H2R Product Science, her belief that there's a science to building products and the types of problems she can help to solve
  • How she got a gig as Head of Product & Engineering at YourBase, whether she thinks CPTOs are a positive trend and whether there are disadvantages to having combined tech & product leadership
  • The five step Product Science success path, what those steps looks like and how not all companies start at the first step
  • The timescale for impact from the Product Science process, how it's not a quick fix, and whether it fits with all companies' timescale expectations
  • The need for strong product leadership to take up the baton when she moves on, and how Holly jumped the product leadership leadership chasm herself
  • How life isn't like the books & whether product managers should just get on with it or try their best to drive transformative change through the companies they work for
  • Using the "Built / Learned / Planning" product demo format to help build a ripple effect through the whole company and bed in the concept of a learning organisation

And much more!

Holly's book recommendation

Holly's all about product discovery, but she hasn't written a book yet! I asked her to recommend a book on product discovery that was not Teresa Torres's book Continuous Discovery Habits. Holly recommends that book but also Lean UX. She also promises to write her own book one day.

Contact Holly

You can reach out to Holly on Twitter or check out H2R Product Science.

Holly Hester-Reilly and me before the recording