matt lemay on active listeningIn this Focus Forty episode of The Design Your Thinking Podcast, I talk to Matt LeMay who is a technology communicator, musician, author and the Co-founder of Constellate Data.

Who is Matt LeMay?

Matt LeMay is the co-founder of Constellate Data, a consultancy that helps companies bring human context and complexity back to their data. In his work as a technology communicator, Matt has developed and led product management and data strategy workshops for companies like GE, American Express, McCann, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product at Bitly.

Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, senior contributor to music website Pitchfork, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.

In this particular episode, you will learn

  1. Why is Matt successful as a product manager?
  2. How Matt manages staying productive?
  3. Matt’s secrets in managing the balance between being productive and being creative
  4. What Matt believes are the top 3 things a Product Manager should be good at
  5. Matt’s view of how the discipline of Product Management would change in the next 5 years
  6. How does Matt see the role of a Product Manager evolve in the years to come?


  • Listening
    • Conversation about conversations
    • Active Listening
  • Productivity
    • Less “Busy Work”
    • Tough to measure productivity
  • Balance
    • Group creativity
  • Mindset
    • Humility in letting the group succeed & reflect
  • Failure
    • What is the right scale for this business?
    • Revenue model
    • Sustainable business
    • Product failure is a function of the team designing the product without listening to customers

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