Session Ideas for ProductCamp Portland 2017

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  1. The Future of Product Management: Continuous Product Discovery

    In this session, I'll walk through how product discovery (i.e. how we decide what to build) has evolved and where we are headed. If you are a product manager who wants to create more value for your customers and your business, this session will give you actionable next steps that you can start on Monday while also helping to secure your role as a product manager for the long term.

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    • ILTL (I’d Like To Learn) About Executives Supporting Strategic Product Management

      It has been my experience that senior management often views product managers (PMs) as support people for engineering and sales. In this reactive and tactical mode, PMs are asked to prioritize features, write whitepapers and provide technical support for specific sales situations. I’d like to learn about companies where senior management views PMs in a more strategic role, providing them support and resources with which to gain deep insights into industry trends, customer needs and competitive threats. With this critical information, PMs then become the Voice of the Market back into the company and help shape product and program strategy.

      8 votes
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      • Delivering Balanced Products with the Three Circle Model

        Developing solutions to customer problems is complex balancing act. Solutions need to be feasible from a technology perspective, economically viable from a business perspective, and desirable from a user perspective. This session is an invitation for teams to shift their thinking from developing a product to delivering a holistic solution that balances business, usage, and technology.

        The Circle-Model is both a taxonomy and a prescribed approach to develop holistic solutions. The Three-Circle Model was inspired from prior models, such as Don Norman’s “Three-Legged Stool” for product which included technology, marketing, and user experience.

        The Three-Circle Model is based on the…

        7 votes
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        • How to Win: Stakeholder Management

          The core of our work is our good product strategy and our ability to build and ship great product. But we can't do our work if we can't manage our key stakeholders--the CEO, CMO, CPO, sales teams, sales leads, etc. This session will present strategies for stakeholder management, including:

          - the Soft Land
          - the Fail Big
          - the Yes, And
          - plus more...

          10 votes
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          • ILTLA API Product Management

            What does a productized API look like and how does the requirements discovery process change when the customers are developers, rather than the typical customer the SaaS platform PMs typically design for?

            On a SaaS platform whose primary end users are in business or operations roles, the product managers are used to building products for those users. But when you want to start allowing developers from other platforms interface with or use information available in your platform, the incumbent product managers struggle to define and manage those products.

            6 votes
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            • The Surprising Fastest Path to Product-Market Fit

              • Why do more than 80% of products fail, even with state-of-the-art Lean product management?
              • How can you avoid the pitfalls that lead to failure?
              • Are there ways to accelerate your product's path to success?

              My Promise:

              You'll think differently about your role as a product manager.

              Presented by Alan Albert, President of MarketFit. www.linkedin.com/in/alanalbert

              8 votes
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              • Walking Skeletons: Bringing the Roadmap to Life

                Product Management doesn't stop with the creation of a roadmap, and how you break these items into stories influences how your developers tackle the solution. Use walking skeletons and tracer bullets to find points of failure faster, and build a stronger product.

                6 votes
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                • Product Leadership: Lessons Learned

                  Whether you're a product exec, group manager or the only PM for your product, leadership requires focus in many areas beyond what you can learn in class or on your scrum team. In this interactive presentation, l'll share hard-won lessons from several years leading products and product teams. We'll open it up to hearing about your lessons as well - we PMs never stop learning new tricks!

                  5 votes
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                  • Your Price is Wrong: How to Price Your Product for Maximum Return

                    • How do you set the price for your products?
                    • Do you know if you’re getting the best results possible?
                    • Do you want greater market share, more revenue, or more profit?

                    My Promise:
                    You'll learn new, actionable steps to improve your product’s pricing.

                    Proposed by Alan Albert, President of MarketFit. www.linkedin.com/in/alanalbert

                    7 votes
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                    • Transitioning from a Software Engineer role to a PM role

                      I'd love to hear from current PMs how they started their career in product managment, especially the ones who made the transition from a Software Engineer role.

                      3 votes
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                      • Inspiring Innovation

                        Innovation programs within companies have fallen trap to a chronic misuse of the word innovation, to the point that most programs are shoehorned into traditional project management frameworks that focus more on the word than addressing the needs of the inventor. In this session, I would like to explore the key amplifiers of innovation inside our product teams.

                        5 votes
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                        • Value-driven Delivery

                          Stakeholder value delivery is a central concept for product management, whether products are created in a traditional, Agile, or Lean environment. For example, the first Agile principle reads "Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software."

                          This introduction covers fundamentals of value-driven product management, including: the concept of value, how to specify stakeholder value, how to structure and conduct value-driven work, and a brief overview of some effective models for locating stakeholder value and requirements.

                          5 votes
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                          • The Strategic Role of Product Management

                            As product managers we span the spectrum from strategic to tactical, but we often get buried in the tactical and scarcely touch the strategic.

                            In this session, we'll discuss how to make your job as a product manager more strategic and more impactful to your organization (and your executive team) - driving product direction to create customer value, competitive differentiation and long-term profitable growth.

                            Session will be led by Todd Birzer, Senior Director of Product Management at Lytx

                            5 votes
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                            • Quantifying Business Value - how do you prioritize the work?

                              I find many organizations are haphazard about deciding/prioritizing what is the most valuable stuff to bring to market. I see so many PO’s drowning in orgs that don’t respect the art of prioritization.

                              I’ve been preaching methods on how to baseline, quantify and prioritize Business Value just as rigorously as engineering teams are tasked with guesstimating Story Points.

                              Any organization who hasn’t surfaced their prioritization decision factors is just jerking their customers *and* their engineers around.

                              And no mistake, it’s just as challenging to quantify business value as it is Story Points, but I’m sick of hearing companies who only…

                              6 votes
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                              • Product Roadmaps: Beyond the Gantt Chart

                                Are you looking for better ways to present your vision, get your customers excited, and communicate with internal stakeholders? We'll talk about the various ways product teams share their plans and goals internally and externally. You'll leave inspired and won't need to use a Gantt chart again!

                                4 votes
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                                • Defining Product Management & Team Best Fit Working Relationship

                                  Describing the Agile Fluency Model and how we use it to help guide us in discovering what PM's need from teams and vice versa. Will include discussion of team and PM fluent proficiencies, involvement in team chartering, beneficial relationships, and more.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Iterate, Calculate, Communicate: Closing the gap between measure and learn

                                    Most of us know that tracking KPIs and metrics help us make more effective, less ego-driven product decisions. However, knowing what to track and keeping stakeholders engaged can often lead to our KPIs and metrics getting deprioritized. This interactive session helps us know what to track and how to close the loop in every part of the product lifecycle.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Bad ideas and where to find them

                                      Even the best ideas can easily follow the wrong path. Whether realized in the intent or in the execution, ideas that lose their way are more than an unfortunate waste: they can become a menace to your team, your company, and even society. We'll discuss examples of this downfall in action and explore how building and sharing a set of principles can keep your next product or initiative on the right path.

                                      This session will help new and tenured product managers alike form a better grounding for the persistent presence of trade-off decisions both big and small. Realize you're already…

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Untangling Product Management Hairballs

                                        Product managers encounter messy, poorly defined, convoluted problems (hairballs) that need to be teased apart into to help the organization move forward efficiently and effectively. In this session we be using the Cynefin Framework to help untangle and unpack problems and challenges. Cynefin is a sensemaking framework that helps practitioners understand their context in order to take appropriate action.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • 20/20 Product Vision

                                          I'm astounded how many otherwise highly effective Product Managers haven't articulated their Product Vision. Without this Vision, there is nothing to align your roadmap against, and you may well wind up investing in all kinds of interesting distractions that don't get you any closer to your destination. This session will [re-]introduce Mission & Vision, and will give you a handy dandy template you can apply right now to drive clarity. This clarity will help you see your product future clearly and help you enroll everybody around you in achieving it.

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