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100 Product Managers Interview with Ryan Harper from Conde Nast

Feb 27, 2018

Episode 47: “The Art of User Story Writing” with Ryan Harper, Conde Nast

By: Suzanne Abate @suzanneabate

On paper, Ryan Harper's career trajectory looks like the "how to" guide on getting into Product Management. In reality, he's just like so many of us who found our way into managing products by doing something else we loved that touched tech.

For Harper, that love was music. Originally hired as a composer for a multimedia project, Ryan quickly became fascinated with "this idea of creating through this collaborative process." It led him to learn code and how to ready design assets and, eventually, to claim a seat at the founder's table and even declare his first pivot. It doesn't get any more "startup" than that!

Today Ryan is still playing the startup game, it just so happens to be a startup inside of Conde Nast, one of the world's largest publishers and a leader in developing innovative online publication experiences.

In this episode, Ryan shares more about his journey, how he likens product management to writing music, and inside tips from his course "Writing User Stories" which you can purchase at O'Reilly.

Also in this episode:

  • The right time to bring in a product manager
  • The difference between doing product management and teaching it
  • The art of writing user stories


Conde Nast - Next Gen

Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world's most influential audiences.

100 Product Managers began with a mission to interview one hundred active product managers in Los Angeles - from startups to enterprise. We didn't realize we were also pioneering the web's first consolidated and comprehensive resource for product management topics.