Product Management Essentials 102 Training Workshop - Seattle

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Pioneer Collective

100 South King Street

Suite 570

Seattle, WA 98104

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Increasing your strategic impact as a product manager

Training Workshop Overview

Essentials 102 is an overview course intended for confident product managers who are looking to increase their strategic skills and influence. The intention of this course is to help product managers build a strategic layer onto their core product practices, and focus on the soft skills and influencing tactics that are often needed to ensure effective product delivery. It seeks to answer the questions:

  • How can product managers increase organisational understanding of product practice?
  • What parts of their process can be used as tools for increased alignment?
  • How can product teams craft an evidence-driven product vision and ensure buy-in?

This course is centered on the senior product manager’s role between the product team and the broader business. In order for teams to deliver effectively, they need buy-in and support from their stakeholders. Participants will gain an understanding of how to sharpen their product practice so that it becomes an alignment and educational tool.

What we’ll cover on the day

Essentials 102 is a full-day workshop comprised of six modules. Each module includes a lecture component on theory and practice interspersed with up to three hands-on activities. This ensures that participants have an opportunity to apply and work with concepts in a setting that will answer questions and facilitate critical thinking. The following modules will be covered:

  • Evaluating opportunity: Understanding how to unpack product assumptions and line up macro data to establish product viability and the foundations for product/market fit
  • Implementing user research: Breaks down the components of running a user research round and what is needed to ensure maximum value of the time invested
  • Research techniques: Reviewing a range of research methodologies, beyond the classic interview, that help product teams validate problem and solution
  • Synthesis: Distilling insights from research and how to collaborate with stakeholders to deepen user understanding and influence
  • Prioritisation: Covering a range of techniques and their uses for alignment at points of product development lifecycle
  • Stakeholder management: A deep-dive into organizational relationships and understanding how to build a communication strategy

Mind the Product Trainers

Every Mind the Product trainer is a working product manager who has worked with multiple products and domains. Your trainer’s product management experience enriches the curriculum by delivering diverse perspectives on best practice in different scenarios. You will hear about the products they have worked on in the past, what went well, what didn’t go so well, and how they tried to make improvements. Our trainers’ main goal is not to provide participants with all of the answers, but help facilitate them in asking the right questions.

About Your Trainers

Molly Norris Walker, Lead Product Designer

Molly is the lead product designer at Voom, an on-demand flight booking app. She has a passion for bringing new initiatives to market with human-centered design and agile methodologies. She's developed a strong record of growing businesses in dramatically different economies, including Europe, North America, Latin America, and Africa. She's been an in-house creative at the WashingtonPost.com, ABC News and The World Bank, and agency-side at IDEO.org, Blue State Digital, and Pivotal Labs. She's an Oxford Internet Institute alumni and author of the book UX Design for Growth.

Kevin Saito, Product Manager

Kevin has spent 15 years in a variety of product roles working across industries like ecommerce, travel, and adtech. He is currently leading product management on Quantcast’s Audience Platform, but he has previously spent time in senior product roles at companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Groupon.

Prior to joining Mind the Product Kevin was an instructor at the University of Washington’s Software Product Management program where he taught the Go To Market series for seven years.

Outside of that Kevin mentors at Blue Startups in Honolulu, HI.


  • Registration will begin at 9.00

  • Class will start at 9.30 sharp and end at 17.00

We'll also provide a light breakfast, buffet lunch, and plenty of tea and coffee to fuel you through the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, but only the person who purchased the ticket can make these changes on Eventbrite. You are free to change your ticket details up to two days before the event, including name, title, etc. Please make sure these details are correct as they will be what we show on your badge! Just log into Eventbrite and make the changes, following these instructions. If you can’t reach the person who purchased the ticket in order to get them to change the information please contact us on tickets@mindtheproduct.com and we will help you make the updates.

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Can I pay by invoice?
As we are a small team we only offer payment by invoice if you are buying 5 tickets or more due to the additional overhead. Early Bird conference tickets cannot be purchased by invoice. Please also note that no tickets are held/issued until payment of the invoice has been received. Request to pay by invoice by emailing tickets@mindtheproduct.com

  • Tickets are not held until payment has been made – there are no exceptions to this.
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Where can I park?

  • Stadium Place Garage (1 min walk from venue), 530 Occidental Ave S Seattle, WA 98104, $3 per hour
  • CenturyLink Field Garage (10 min walk), 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, $8 for the day

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