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Can AI Create a Fairer World? By Kriti Sharma

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 22, 2019

In this thought-provoking keynote from #mtpcon London, Google Scholar and UN Advisor Kriti Sharma discusses the impact of artificial intelligence on decision making and what we, as product people, should be doing to ensure this decision making is ethical and fair. Key Points  Machine learning and decision making is often based on biased historical patterns Read more »

Product Research Rules by C Todd Lombardo

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 15, 2019

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, C. Todd Lombardo reminds us that as product managers we often make bad decisions. The key to minimising these, he says, is effective product research. Key points: All product managers make bad decisions To minimise the number we need to spend time doing effective product research – a combination of Read more »

How Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile Work Together by Jonny Schneider

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 8, 2019

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, Jonny Schneider, Product Strategy and Design Principal at ThoughtWorks, discusses how using all of design thinking, agile, and lean means we can build better products. Key points: You should try to use design thinking, agile and lean when building your products Testing and learning with real people, using real software in Read more »

Making Smarter Decisions with Mental Models by Andy Ayim

BY James Gadsby Peet on November 1, 2019

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, product leader and business builder Andy Ayim talks about how mental models can help us to make different types of decisions. And how, by using specific frameworks, we can focus on solutions that aren’t immediately obvious. Key points: Mental models can help us to make different types of decisions By Read more »

Minimise the Gap Between Maker and User by Henrik Kniberg

BY James Gadsby Peet on October 25, 2019

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, Henrik Kniberg, an organisational consultant and developer at Crisp in Stockholm, discusses how creating great products requires us to reduce the gap between makers and users. Key points: If we want to create products people love (like Lego, Minecraft and Spotify) we must reduce the gap between makers and users Read more »

Justify your product decisions and get stakeholder buy-in by Teresa Torres

BY Valerie Gee on October 4, 2019

In this closing keynote from #mtpcon San Francisco, product discovery coach Teresa Torres shares her insights on how product managers can co-create solutions with stakeholders and better manage expectations. Teresa starts by pointing out that we all find comfort in getting the right answer. She points out that product managers typically advocate for their own Read more »

Using Research in Material Design by Elizabeth Churchill

BY Emily Tate on September 27, 2019

At #mtpcon San Francisco, Elizabeth Churchill, Director of UX at Google tells us how research can work in product development to help us make useful and usable interactive experiences. Using a case study from Google Material Design, she shares how research was initially used in development, where the research practice is today, and where it’s Read more »

Product, Society, and Ethics by Kathy Pham

BY Valerie Gee on September 20, 2019

In this keynote from #mtpcon San Francisco, Kathy Pham reflects on the importance of asking societal and ethical questions in product organizations and asks how teams and companies can be more accountable in the future. Kathy, who is a Fellow at Mozilla, Harvard, and MIT with over 15 years’ tech experience in product, engineering, data and leadership, asserts Read more »

Great User Research (for Non-Researchers) by Steve Portigal

BY Emily Tate on September 13, 2019

Researchers often have concerns about what will happen when “other people” go out and do work with users. But the demand for research far outweighs the supply of researchers, and everyone wins when more people are enabled to do research themselves. At #mtpcon San Francisco, Steve Portigal, Principal at Portigal Consulting, tells us how to Read more »

Be a Director, not a Manager by Fareed Mosavat

BY Valerie Gee on September 6, 2019

In this keynote from #mtpcon San Francisco, Fareed Mosavat, Director of Product, Lifecycle, at Slack, shares his early career lessons on creativity from Pixar. He says being a great product leader is about being a director instead of a manager. Products have become much more complex over the last 20 years and an increasingly competitive Read more »