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Nerd out about flat whites, macchiatos, and more, with our Co-Founder, Martin Eriksson. Today's special guest is product superstar C. Todd Lombardo. (BYO fave blend!)
Join product manager, friend of Mind the Product, and trained yoga instructor, Iris van de Kieft for remote yoga classes, helping you find “balance in the digital age”. You can expect some simple movements, breathing exercises, and a brief meditation (BYO body and a place to sit your body down – nothing else needed!)
Matt LeMay is the author of Agile for Everybody (O’Reilly Media, 2018) and Product Management in Practice (O’Reilly Media, 2017). He has helped build and scale product management practices at companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises.
He is the co-founder and partner at Sudden Compass, a consultancy that has helped organizations like Spotify, Clorox, and Procter & Gamble put customer centricity into practice. In his work as a technology communicator, Matt has developed and led digital transformation and data strategy workshops for companies like GE, American Express, Pfizer, McCann, and Johnson & Johnson.
Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product at Bitly. Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.
Jeff is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX and the Harvard Business Review Press book Sense & Respond.
Author of Sense and Respond & Lean UX
Jeff helps organisations and executives build the cultures that build better products. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX and the Harvard Business Review Press book Sense & Respond. He works as a coach, consultant, and keynote speaker helping companies bridge the gaps between business agility, digital transformation, product management, and human-centred design. Most recently Jeff co-founded Sense & Respond Press, a publishing house for practical business books for busy executives.
Bruce McCarthy is CEO of UpUp Labs, President of the Boston Product Management Association, and co-author of Product Roadmaps Relaunched.
President of the Boston Product Management Association
Bruce McCarthy is CEO of UpUp Labs and President of the Boston Product Management Association. Bruce helps organisations improve the return on their investments in product development. As an experienced product leader and the co-author of Product Roadmaps Relaunched, he is an internationally-recognised thought-leader and sought-after speaker on product roadmapping, prioritisation, team effectiveness, and leadership.
A workshop on the unique set of challenges faced by product managers building digital software to deliver physical experiences.
Alicia Dixon has over two decades of experience building products and creating technology solutions for consumers and enterprises. Her specialty is software product management, where she enjoys focusing on new product development, product strategy, and market research. Alicia has held management positions at leading companies including Hilton, UPS, Dell & Fruit of the Loom. She is a proud alumnus of Howard University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. In addition, she holds an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY, and an MS in Marketing from the University of Alabama. She loves to travel, especially to beach locations, and she has a goal to visit all 50 states (just 1 left).
We've heard it all the time: a product managers responsibility is to own the roadmap! How to manage this when there are so many competing priorities, there never seem to be enough resources, and things always take longer than initially planned. This session will review some of the gotchas commonly found in creating and updating a product roadmap, and offering some practical tips on how to approach your roadmap and engage your stakeholders effectively.
C Todd Lombardo
VP Product & Author
C. Todd Lombardo has been tinkering and doodling since he was four. Originally trained as a scientist, he’s had job titles ranging from scientist, to engineer, to product manager, to designer, and even professor. He is currently the VP of Product at MachineMetrics. He also serves on the adjunct faculty at IE Business School in Madrid, as well as Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He is a published O’Reilly Media author with two titles: Design Sprint (2015) and Product Roadmaps Relaunched (2017).
Learn a framework that you can systematically apply across your team and organisation that will enable you to maximise for IMPACT.
Manager of Product Management, VMware
Gabrielle Bufrem is a Manager of Product Management at VMware, where she works with a range of clients from enterprise to start-ups in order to build user-centred products. She is originally from Brazil, has lived in 13 cities around the world across 10 different countries, and has built products across North America, Europe, and Asia. She is passionate about the intersection of product management and design - so much so that she is currently conducting research with Brown PhD students on how to improve collaboration in design. She loves to travel, explore different countries, is a barista and a coffee lover. Gabrielle earned a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations.
Alignment is difficult and even more so in a cross-functional team. You need to consider a few things, including the customer who buys it, other disciplines who make and sell it, and the executive teams who resource it. As a product person, you know how hard it is to keep all of them in the loop.
Enter the initiative document, a problem-focused one-page that has the right information to provide to the team to make asynchronous decisions.
In this workshop, Adam Thomas will talk about this initiative format and how you can use it to keep teams aligned with team mission/vision (executives) / strategy (you/product)/ objectives and third rails (the other teams).
Afterward, we’ll make a quick one using an old project :-D.
Adam Thomas is a product leader, founder, and researcher with over ten years of experience in the intersection of tech, creative, and big data. He was most recently the Director of Product for Informed, and before that a Product Strategist for Philosophie and Cofound Harlem.
Regardless of what you are working on and where you are doing it, most product people face similar challenges. Getting started in product, communication and collaboration issues, excess meetings, poor stakeholder management, misalignment, and conflicting priorities are just a few issues product people encounter on a regular basis. These challenges are often rooted in gaps in leadership and management. Learn about the key problems product people face in organizations and how to manage and overcome these challenges.
Christian has been a product leader for over 15 years, building teams and developing enterprise and consumer products that have shaped companies such as CareerBuilder and Merrill Corporation as well as clients such as Starbucks, CarMax, and Macy’s.
Christian is passionate about helping companies implement the discipline of product management to build world-class products and new technologies. At CareerBuilder, Christian founded and managed CareerBuilder Institute, the industry’s first combined human capital and consumer training platform, creating a new stream of revenue for the company.
As VP of Enterprise Product at Snagajob, Christian conceptualized a new-to-market solution and led the discovery, development, and successful launch of the ReadyHire business line. He designed and led the B2B product strategy for IdentityForce, a leading provider of identity, privacy, and credit protection for individuals, businesses, and government agencies. He then founded Firtsi, a product consulting company that has overseen the product development lifecycle from ideation to launch for over 120+ new products.
Before joining Silicon Valley Product Group, Christian was the Global Head of Product for Merrill Corporation. Christian built the company’s product organization and led them through a transformational, large-scale industry launch of the first SaaS app for due diligence in the finance industry.
Christian teaches product management and innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He also gives back to his local product community each year by supporting and advising two student-led startups from conceptualization to product delivery.
Ever wondered what cocktails the Mind the Product team drink? Find out in our cocktail making classes, including the infamous “Cyan Margarita” from Martin Eriksson (BYO cocktails! – depending on your local time!)
The Pub Quiz
Everyone loves a good pub quiz! Need we say more? Hosted by our very own Emily Tate and Chris Massey. (BYO beer/wine/cocktail/soft drink!)
Geek out over all things beer with Mind the Product team members Will and Shaun! They'll sample beers, talk through tasting notes, and rave about their favourites - and chat about yours too! (BYO beer!)