Engaging Product People – the Hamburg Way
Last week the first ever MTP Engage took place in Hamburg and gathered over 300 product people – the largest gathering of product people in Germany ever! – for a day of keynotes, sessions and a number of side events to facilitate exchange among those who attended.
We wanted to live up to the event’s name and help people engage – and it worked out: Several attendees compared the event to a “class reunion” and spent the day’s long breaks chatting with old and new contacts. Many of these new contacts were established the day before the event in smaller groups at the side events (workshops, curated group dinners, volunteer drinks etc.) – icebreaking made easy!
This open atmosphere also showed during the 12 sessions in which product people from around Germany and Austria shared best practices and gave insights into their work – before opening the room to lively discussions with the audience.
In terms of keynotes Marco Boerries kicked off the day with his explanation of why bold answers to complex problems won’t come overnight (and why he spent 7+ years building his latest company enfore in stealth mode). Johanna Kollmann took a more theoretical route towards tackling complexity and shared what she learned from Systems Thinking about understanding and changing systems as well as collaboration around products.
Sebastian Deterding challenged the audience to remain conscious of our ethical responsibility as product people instead of acting as “Thieves of time” (as in Michael Ende’s Momo). Lastly John Cutler took us on a journey through his thoughts regarding the feature factory and why many of us keep falling back to it.
Videos of all four keynotes will be published here in the coming weeks – stay tuned!
They day ended with a dance-heavy afterparty in the belly of the legendary MS Stubnitz, a former fishing trawler turned club, with Justin Faust & The Beatifikation on decks – both of them product managers by day and excellent DJs by night!
Many thanks to all the volunteers, speakers, workshop moderators, crew, and last but certainly not least everybody in the audience who actively engaged with others! We hope to see you again next year!
— Tim Schurig (@schurock) April 28, 2017
— Eva Nesbach (@EvaNesbach) April 28, 2017
— Stefan Pollklas (@SPollklas) April 27, 2017
— Kai Gottschalk (@bruce_twillice) May 1, 2017
— Thomas Piribauer (@tpiribauer) April 29, 2017
It's a long weekend, but I feel so inspired after #mtpengage that I can't wait to go back to work and tell my team about everything!
— Lisa (@esome_lisa) April 29, 2017
— rendeiro (@rendeiro) April 29, 2017
— Wolf Brüning (@WolfBruening) April 28, 2017
— Arne Kittler (@ArneKittler) April 28, 2017
— James Mayes (@James_Mayes) April 28, 2017
— Andreas Stephan (@andyman3000) April 28, 2017
— Matthias Orgler (@morgler) April 28, 2017
— johanna kollmann (@johannakoll) April 28, 2017
— FREUDENREICH MEDIA (@freudenreich_m) April 28, 2017
— Matthias Schmidt (@McSchmidt) April 28, 2017
— Daniel Kränz (@kraenzmann) April 28, 2017
Slides from Keynotes
Slides from Sessions
- Intuio – Patterns as Product : Managing Design Systems
- Sophia Höfling – Customer Experience when Pioneering a New Market
- Britta Ullrich & Sebastian Bossung – At the Core it’s About Needs
- Stefan Haas & Yvonne Fissel – Product Hacks for Change
- Ravi Kumar
- Ole Bahlmann – Data Driven Product Management
- Christoph Tempich & Thomas Leitermann : Was Sind Datenprodukte?