Suggested sessions for ProductCamp London

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  1. Avoiding silos in product management

    When a number of products exist in a portfolio, and there are potential interactions between those products, what's the best method to ensure that product priorities are met, but user experience is prioritised too?

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    • Holding this in Cambridge?

      I know it's called "PCamp London", but before you dismiss this out of hand...
      There's a concentration of high-tech companies here (http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/directory/), a local ProdMgmt group (80+ members @ http://product-management.ning.com/), a decent train service, plus a possible venue lined up.

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      • Time to Clean Up the Product!

        The lessons learnt from planning and executing this particular part of the product lifecycle - the Product Withdrawal.

        Why to keep my product "clean"? What is the impact of under-performing products and features on the brand recognition, value of other products and features in the portfolio and team's motivation?

        Sample questions and considerations:
        - When is the right time to retire?
        - How to get aboard my team and management to retire a feature or product?
        - How to communicate the decision with the users and market?
        - The decision is made. How to prepare for the product withdrawal?

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        • STARTUP FUNDING - Learn about a new platform that can help fund and manage your idea to prototype stage

          MatchMaker and DealMaker are the two complimentary Buzz Technology platforms that are aimed at (1) entrepreneurs and innovators who are looking for new ways to fund their startup ideas into an MVP - minimum viable product - for crowd funding or investment (2) individuals who want to monetise their spare time.

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          • Thinking about customer acquisition

            So you've got a great product, it's getting ready to be shipped, how can you get people using it and gain their feedback to help improve it so it's successful.

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            • For the sake of the environment, use more oil not less

              We are merely caretakers of this world what we do now will affect the kind of inheritance left for our children and their children. Oil is limited, but is also used in a variety of applications. Instead of rationing it's use we should be using more....

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              • Sensemaking - Portfolio Product Management in a Complex world

                In Cynefin we talk of hypotheses which are basically ideas and the exploration of these as long there is messy coherence, that is someone can make a coherent argument for a particular hypothesis. We are not trying to establish if a hypothesis is right or wrong, only that there is a degree of coherency that supports running an experiment. The implications are that we remove the need for there to be a formal justification for an idea as we are looking to validate them as part of establishing the options.

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                • How much "technical" does a Product Manager have to be?

                  There's an ongoing debate on how much technical a product manager has to be, or if "non-technical" product managers even exist. This is also pretty evident in job postings for PMs, where technical requirements vary hugely, from strong programming and computing background to zero experience (although the first case seems most common).

                  Can we identify a valid "minimum" technical level for Product Managers?

                  Some food for thought for the discussion:
                  "Getting to “technical enough” as a product manager"
                  http://bit.ly/1SFmUr4

                  "PMs, you don’t need that technical degree"
                  http://bit.ly/1qmpDwm

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                  • QR codes: customer acquisition miracle or myth? Contains data from the real world

                    QR codes: Either you love them or you hate them. Sceptics deride them as a gimmick and that the general public lack the knowledge of what they are or even how to use them. Evanglists regard them as the holy grail for encouraging customer engagement and interaction from offline media. Despite these polarised views, there is little data published on their effectiveness.

                    In this talk, I will discuss how we used a very data-driven approach to evaluate the effectiveness of QR codes at increasing customer acquisition for one of our online products. I’ll go over the data findings and share…

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                    • what the cloud means for product managers

                      The cloud is little more than an idealised data-centre, but to use it properly you have to build properly, what does that mean for a product manager?

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                      • In-product data visualization

                        Not data journalism, but data viz IN your product. How to visualize and represent data to your users so they take the right next actions?

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