Based on your feedback we’re adding an optional pre-conference day full of in-depth workshops to help you level up your product management skills and kick even more ass than before! We’ve lined up five amazing full-day workshops with true experts in the field and we’re keeping them small and focused with a maximum of 25 attendees per workshop to ensure a quality experience. This means tickets are extremely limited so don't hang about!
Most product management writing and sessions are about managing individual products/service or feature-level lean/design thinking. This workshop is for those managing teams of product managers, designers and engineers (or who hope to be soon). We'll tailor an agenda plus group exercises based on attendee's specific issues and concerns, but likely to include:
Rich Mironov has been running product teams, coaching tech executives and working with startups for three decades. He blogs relentlessly at www.mironov.com.
A design sprint is a time-boxed, disciplined way to get validation on an idea to ensure you design something people need and/or want. C Todd Lombardo guides you through a day-long mini-design sprint so you can get firsthand experience of what it’s like to participate in one. You’ll walk away knowing how to implement them in your organization. In this workshop, small groups will work their way through each phase of a design sprint. Along the way, we’ll discuss tips and “gotchas” for how to execute design sprints in your organization and hear stories of how other organizations have implemented them.
C. Todd Lombardo is a leader who wears many hats, all at once: Author, designer, scientist, professor, and visualizer. After originally beginning his career in science, C. Todd shifted his focus to product and design, ultimately innovating, designing, and managing products for countless companies large and small. In his role as Chief Design Strategist at Fresh Tilled Soil, he employs strategic thinking to craft smart, impactful solutions that radically transform clients’ product strategies. C. Todd serves as Adjunct Faculty at IE business School in Madrid, and co-authored the Design Sprint book published by O’Reilly.
MVPs, or Minimum Viable Products, can boost a product’s user experience exponentially. Teams who implement MVPs correctly will learn more about customers, waste less time, and deliver usable solutions faster. But, MVPs are wildly misunderstood today, with most teams jumping to a Minimum Feature Set too early in the process. In this workshop you will learn the ins and outs of creating MVPs as product experiments and how to introduce this concept into your companies successfully.
Melissa Perri is a Product Manager, UX Designer, and speaker based in New York City. As the CEO of ProdUX Labs, Melissa does strategy and training for product management teams globally. As a practitioner and a coach, Melissa enjoys finding the best processes for her clients while tackling their toughest product problems with the team.
In this workshop, participants will work through a real-world challenge. You’ll start by mapping out your own experience with the challenge. Then you’ll explore different perspectives, hearing from your neighbors in the room. You’ll experience first hand how exploring different perspectives expands the problem space, helping you to better understand the challenge. You’ll get a crash-course in field observations and customer interviews and then you’ll be set off to do some research. Your classmates will stand-in as customers so that you can get some rapid experience with interviewing and we’ll use the surrounding environment to practice our field observation skills. Next you’ll synthesize what you learned into a fresh perspective, followed by a round of testing to make sure it reflects reality. And finally, you’ll learn how to visually communicate your perspective in a way that inspires action.
Teresa is a product coach who helps teams adopt user-centered, hypothesis-driven product development practices. She has spent the majority of her career leading product and design teams at early-stage internet companies including AfterCollege, Affinity Circles, Become.com and HighWire Press.
Whether you've got a few years under your belt or are new to Product Management, this workshop will bring you up to speed on all the essentials you'll need to know about being an awesome Product Manager. The workshop delves deep into topics such as: the definition of products and product management; the importance of communication with customers; user personas and how to utilize them; the connection between business and product; how to use metrics and KPIs to stay on track; and how to condense your knowledge into user stories to share with your teammates.
Janna Bastow comes from a user-centric design background and has extensive product experience. She's a co-founder of Mind the Product and the Co-Founder and CEO of ProdPad, product management software that helps you manage your roadmap and your product backlog.
MindTheProduct is brought to you by a team of product managers who spend all day building start-ups, and all night building a community for other product managers.
We founded and run ProductTank, a regular product management meet up in 90+ cities around the world with over 50,000 members.
We also founded and run Mind the Product, a blog, a community, and the pre-eminent product conference with annual events in both San Francisco and London.
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