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Global Product Management Talk is pleased to bring you episode 036 of...
The Everyday Innovator with host Chad McAllister, PhD.
The podcast is all about helping people involved in innovation and managing products become more successful, grow their careers, and STANDOUT from their peers.
Our Guest: Jeremy Dillingham has a long list of skills and experiences as a seasoned product manager, including leading teams, roadmap planning, portfolio management, Lean Startup, Customer Discovery, Agile Development, and SaaS architectures. He is a mentor at Techstars, an accelerator for technology startups. He currently serves as a Senior VP at Return Path, a company that helps organizations promote and protect their brands.
Some favorite product management tools:
Discovery – the process of talking with customers and validating what you are learning about the problems and needs. This involves writing a script of interview questions, prioritizing the questions, talking with customers to gain responses, and analyzing the data. Discovery sessions with customers should be done by two interviewers so one can focus on asking questions and the other can focus on taking notes.
Experiment – one pass through the build-measure-learn loop (per Lean).
Metrics – dashboards, KPIs, another important indicators.
Lean Canvas – see TEI 010 episode with the creator of the Lean Canvas.
Global Product Management Talk is pleased to bring you episode 035 of...
The Everyday Innovator with host Chad McAllister, PhD.
The podcast is all about helping people involved in developing and managing products become more successful, grow their careers, and STANDOUT from their peers.
Our Guest: Professional associations provide value to career development. The first professional association I was involved in was the Project Management Institute, and I eventually became certified as a Project Manager Professional (PMP) because I recognized its value in helping me improve my project management capabilities while also helping me to stand out with future employers. Another association I have valued, as well as contributed to, is specific to product managers, marketing managers, and innovators. It is AIPMM, The Association of International Product Marketing and Management. I interviewed the president, Therese Padilla, to learn more about this important organization.
Goodness only knows that you've heard Jere B on "Hybrid Jazz!" One of our favorite people on the planet, B is returning to crow just a LITTLE about his group's new CD. Okay, maybe he'll boast a LOT - he sure deserves to be singing the praises of SounDoctrine's latest, called "Source." If you know anything about this fabulous band, based in Youngstown, Ohio, you already have perceived that the Source that gets recognition here is God - who is the SOURCE for ALL :)
We've watched SounDoctrine's growth and success through the years - back when they appeared at the "Gospel Music Connection" in 2002. That was in Northeast Ohio - and the word has spread all over the world by now. The original, alternative, Funk Jazz Fusion ensemble known as SounDoctrine has truly captured fans' hearts around the globe! You might have loved them when you first heard the debut project, called "Perseverance." Or you may know "SD Live" - or "Endurance." That album featured "Small Mouthed Bass" - which was latere re-mixed by contemporary Jazz great, Bob Baldwin. "Inspire" followed - and built on the group's word-of-mouth momentum.
By this time, a whole lot of industry folks were taking notice. Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Freddy Jackson - SounDoctrine opened for all of them! The Hollywood Black Film Festival loved their music - so did the Weather Channel. The excitement is building in every direction where their fans live NOW - because a new release is HERE - and "Source" will confirm what all of us have been saying for YEARS. That SounDoctrine is one of the most creative musical units on the planet. Fun, fearless, full of feeling! Join us in The Chat Room on 11/5 - it will feel like a reunion. Because it WILL be :-D
First, let me say a sincere thank you to Kari Gaffney, who introduced yours truly to Nancy Lane. Kari-On Productions has given "Hybrid Jazz" new breath - since the company is intent on fabulous artists. To keep UP with the stable of talent that they offer is a formidable task. But there's no doubt that we should cross paths with Nancy. She's so beautifully natural in her delivery. There's nothing staged or phony - she means every line in every song - but she's having a BALL while delivering the message :)
Turns out that it MUST be hereditary, this musical talent. Nancy's Grandmother was an opera singer - her Aunt was a Jazz entertainer. Dad used to play sax at home as his enchanted daughter danced. AND brother managed a record store in Montreal - which paved the way for many a musical style to be heard throughout the house.
To show you how intent little Nancy's heart was - at TEN - her dance instructor invited the class to perform any piece that they desired. While classmates chose the latest Pop offerings, Nancy selected Stan Getz's "Reflections." Can you just see them stopping in their tracks? Hah!
At 18, a sound engineering student asked Nancy if she would record a Jazz standard for his final. Unknown to her, he submitted her voice to "Downbeat" Magazine - who recognized the teenager publicly for her intonation and interpretation. So, you might figure that Nancy Lane's future would be bright. And it IS. She has done radio jingles, soundtracks, and has been the station ID voice for the now CKLX in Canada.
We'll talk about Nancy's songwriting, too, for sure - and this wonderful debut. "Let Me Love You" is peppered with the kind of songs that we heard growing up - in a whole new way :-D You'll LOVE Nancy Lane!
When you contemplate the illustrious career of Harvey Mason, your mind HAS to be blown. Born and raised in Atlantic City, young Harvey absorbed the vibes of the great musicians THERE - and showed so much promise on drums that he was playing with Duke Ellington and Errol Garner in the 60's. Early in his recording career, there he was - up front and center with Blue Note Records. And on Columbia: Please go check out Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters for a refresher course in freshly fused Jazz :)
The associations that this consummate first-call musician has made through five decades is staggering. Because, quite simply, HE is. Nathan East has shared space and stages with The Mase for 25 years or so (Fourplay's "Silver" just dropped) and he firmly suggests that drummers of ANY note studied Harvey Mason in order to find their own style. He was THAT distinctive THAT early in his journey.
We dare you to find another legendary drummer who has been involved with more Gold and Platinum recording sessions than our guest. Awards, accolades, nods from NARAS and "Modern Drummer." Over 150 motion picture soundtracks. A regular fixture at the Oscars each year. And that long relationship with Fourplay cannot be stressed enough. When you're with a successful musical unit for 25 years, that's cause for celebration!
As bandmates Nathan, Chuck Loeb, Bob James, and Harvey prepare for a holiday run at the Blue Note in New York, our friend wanted to take the time - during this Thanksgiving week - to express his gratitude for all that his fans have given him. How beautiful that NEW fans and fellow artists got together for his album last year. And how wonderful that life-long "brothers" are banding together again right before Christmas. How fortunate are we to visit with Harvey again? You already KNOW :)
Where does one begin with a vocalist of this ability - and magnitude? Are they the same in the case of Indra Rios-Moore? Born in the Lower East Side of New York, Indra's Puerto Rican Mom (who named her after a Hindu deity of sky and rain) would keep her indoors. She was afraid of the dangers OUTSIDE. So, little Indra would entertain herself with Mom's vast collection of Rock, Soul and Jazz - that latter, we're supposing, partly influenced by Indra's Dad. Of African-American/Syrian descent - a Jazz bassist: Donald Moore.
Through her teen years, Indra found herself in fascinating evolution. She had truly been fearful of being on stage - and she was working through that. Also, because of the early promise that Indra had shown regarding her talent, she was studying classical arias - as well as American Folk songs at camp. Combined with what was already immersed as inspiration as a child, her inner repertoire expanded.
At 26, she met Danish Jazz saxophonist, Benjamin Traerup. A year later, they were married and living in Denmark. And Indra's career began to take shape. Benjamin and his transplanted wife formed a trio - with bassist, Thomas Sejthen. The attention that they received translated into accolades, nominations, and then a gift: the Danish Music Award for Best Jazz Vocal. Three albums later, Indra is continuing to receive praise. Her voice and the Hybrid sensibility that has always been part of her soul couldn't have arrived at a better time.
When you hear "Heartland", you will hear the echoes of the past (Motown and Pink Floyd). You'll hear multiple languages. And you'll feel Church. As Indra has said: singing helps her move to an emotional place "where the mind doesn't interfere."
Our No Interference Chat Room awaits :)
Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Piano lessons came early - and she trained to become a classical concert performer. In the late 80's, she became immersed in Jazz studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Coming to the States in 1989, she completed her education at Berklee. It was there that she met Bart Platteau, a flutist from Belgium.
Together, Amina and Bart were invited - in 1998 - to join the Monk Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Aspen. And there have been countless shows - everywhere - since then. And a baker's dozen of albums! "Blue Whisper" is her current project, full of personal reflection and haunting melodies. With Amina on this gorgeous ride, is her touring sextet - and a bevy of prestigious guests. Including past "Hybrid Jazz" visitor Wayne Escoffery. And a man whose name you've heard quite a bit on the show, bassist Luques Curtis.
We'll certainly heard tracks from this incredible CD - and talk to Amina about the road that took her to such articulate expression of her musical heart. We'll also hear offerings from November Babies - this month is full of strong Jazz voices and instrumentalists. We might even thrown in some December children - Amina is one of those :)
Join us at NOON Eastern time on Tuesday, 11/3/2015. Our fascinating guest joins us in the second hour. We hope to see you in our Chat Room!
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How much do we love Mark Arthur Miller? Enough to pass around virtual towels when he's guesting - because his vocals are THAT hot ;) When we first met Mark, his "Soul Searching" EP had just arrived - in 2013. Well, guess what? He's on his way to make sure that we get MORE music. Because he's about to launch a campaign to get the funds he needs - and he's going to tell us all about it!
If you don't know our friend's story, hold onto your hat. Mark was raised in the depths of Chicago, the only white boy on the block. He absorbed the music around him, to say the least. What helped that neighborhood music stick to his emotional ribs? That fact that his Dad was a respected staff writer at Motown. Mark and his father were estranged - but the music that he heard him turn out in the Motor City inspired young Miller in ways that he couldn't explain. He knew that his path in life would be similar to what "chose" his Dad (discovered by Berry Gordy). Because, really, we don't choose what our passion is: it chooses US.
We've already thrilled to the life that Mark gives songs - witness what he does to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." Hence, the need for virtual towels ;) Let's help Mark get his Christmas present. Let's get this fundraiser going to give us the music that we love: the Jazz-infused SOUL that this man does like no one else! You best believe that Ron Miller is watching over his son's journey. Bet Stevie Wonder would take an interest, too. After all, Mr. Miller wrote FIVE of Stevie's hit records. We're all FAMILY, after all. And Brother Mark is gonna make you smile, talking about just that - one of his favorite subjects :) Join us on 11/19!
You already know that we cover the gamut of ALL That is Jazz on this show. We have had the most traditional of the straight-ahead crowd. We have had acts that are SO contemporary that they AIN'T Jazz ;) Cecil Ramirez is that most awesome of artists - trained at The Music Conservatory, University of the Pacific (at age 16!), worked hard on the road with his college band, Pacific Crossing, and formulated his music through a cross-section of inspirations - helped along by his rigorous schedule in recording studios in Northern California.
Who Cecil IS: a seasoned artist who is completely comfortable playing that Mason & Hamlin piano in a living room - or outdoors to several thousand fans. Something that needs to get said about our guest - while yours truly is typing this on Veterans Day: he's a military brat. And that fact tells you what is necessary about his music. Having lived in many places, one cannot help but be inspired by the many cultures and local flavor that surrounds you. Cecil has brought this to his music, too.
What a pleasure to have this consummate keyboardist, composer and arranger on the show! You ask Brian Culbertson about Cecil. Brian has had this amazing artist as a key figure at Mr. C's "Napa Valley Jazz Getaway" for a few years now. Whew, is Cecil's life kicking! And with "Party in the Back" (his second release), it's only UP from here. The personnel on the album - besides his friend and frequent music collaborator, Brian: Darren Rahn, Michael Lington, Phil Denny and Adam Hawley! So you KNOW that there are many who respect Cecil's vast talent. Including this writer!
Besides having worked with the A-listers in Contemporary Jazz, Cecil has also spent time working on behalf on charities. Including cancer prevention and autism awareness. Please join us during our visit on 11/12!
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