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Episode 23 - Avoiding the agency trap & ADHD in Product (with Janna Bastow)

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Episode 23 - Avoiding the agency trap & ADHD in Product (with Janna Bastow)
6 Jan 2021
Janna Bastow head shot
Janna is co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product, and inventor of the Now/Next/Later roadmap. We talk about how ProdPad and Mind the Product got started, the perils of falling into the trap of being an agency instead of a product company. We also talk about being diagnosed with ADHD, what that means to her and some of the advantages and disadvantages the condition brings to Product Management.

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About the Episode

Janna is co-founder of ProdPad and Mind the Product, and inventor of the Now/Next/Later roadmap. We talk about a few things:

  • How ProdPad started as an idea to solve a problem for Janna in her Product Management job and became a company serving thousands of Product Managers
  • How date-based roadmaps are the devil and how to tackle management wanting false security
  • The perils of building features for clients, falling into the trap of being an agency instead of a product company, and never getting the chance to solve big problems
  • How Mind the Product started out and how they've pivoted to run successful events even in the middle of a pandemic (and how she misses a good flat white)
  • Janna's recent ADHD diagnosis, what that meant to her, how she's managing it, and some of the advantages and disadvantages the condition brings to Product Management

More about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

You can find out more about ADHD in many places on the internet, and get support for a diagnosis via your medical practioner just like Janna did. Here are a few uncurated links offering further information.

NHS.uk

CDC

ADHD Care Ltd

CHADD—Children and Adults with ADHD

Contact Janna

Janna loves talking to people about Product Management... you can reach out to her on LinkedIn, on Twitter, or via email

Other links

You can find out more about ProdPad, about the Mind the Product community or your local ProductTank.