The All Things Auth Podcast

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Your Engineering team is always on the same page as your Sales team, right? They never miscommunicate with Design, UX, or Customer Success either, right? Yea, I didn’t think so. Simon Moffatt explains what a Product Manager actually does and why the role is critical to building better software.

Show Notes

Simon Moffatt, a Technical Product Manager at ForgeRock, joins me to discuss why a Product Manager is a critical role within any organization that aims to create usable security and privacy technologies. We discuss what, exactly, a PM actually does and why they are the critical hub between all departments, teams, and areas of the business.

While most companies have a never ending list of TODO items, Simon explains why it is important to have a DO NOT list.

Should PMs come from a technical background, a sales background, or is it better to be a polyglot with a range of experience? How can companies create product road maps that they will actually stick to and avoid the trap of sales-driven engineering?

We also discuss security compliance and how market failures lead to standards and regulation to protect end-users.

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Resources mentioned in episode
  • Simon mentions how The Lean Startup advocates a quick learning cycle to capitalize on user feedback to improve your products.
  • Simon also writes articles on The Cyber Hut.

You can find the host of The All Things Auth Podcast on Twitter @conorgil.

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What is The All Things Auth Podcast?

Every 2 weeks, Conor Gilsenan hosts a conversation with creators, researchers, founders, and advocates who are working to improve the usability of security and privacy technologies.

Guests share what they are currently working on, how they got to where they are today, who they are trying to help, and what keeps them motivated to overcome challenges along the way.

The goal is for the rest of us to learn from their experiences and go on to promote usable security and privacy within our own projects and organizations.