Marley Spector


I am an experienced Product Leader with over 10 years of experience and Culture Champion, passionate about building and growing high-quality products while focused on the customer. I love helping people grow in their careers and improving how cross-functional product teams work together. I am currently a Product Director at Dropbox where I've worked for the last 4.5 years, and I have my own PM coaching business, UnfinishedProduct. Before joining Dropbox I was employee #41 and the 2nd PM at Hired, a talent matching marketplace, responsible for building and scaling the core product experience as we grew to 200+ employees.

How will coaching shape the future of product over the next 5-10 years?

Over the next 5-10 years, the product function will continue to evolve as technology changes and Product Coaching will make sure that our next generation of product leaders are well equipped to tackle the next set of challenges we'll face as an industry. Coaching is all about asking the right questions that push product builders to take their companies and careers to the next level, and will meaningfully shape the products that solve our current and future problems.

What are some of the most effective frameworks you've used when coaching leaders in your area?

Why & What else, Decision Making frameworks, Teresa Torres opportunity mapping, Managing up communication frameworks, Devil's Advocate, Pre-Mortems, STAR, Giving & Receiving feedback

What's your best advice for product managers looking to increase their impact?

I see a lot of product managers equating increasing impact with doing more and owning more. To increase your impact constantly ask yourself if you are focused on the right problems to meet your goals and learn to enjoy the process of framing, making, and evangelizing challenging decisions.

Anything we should know about you as a thought leader in the area of product:

I believe the most important basis of product coaching is getting to deeply know who you're coaching, their motivators, fears, communication style, how they think, how they learn, and how they innately work with others -- really understanding them as a person first, product person second.