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  1. Delivering actual outcomes

    You know the feeling, you inherit a 'roadmap' (read wishlist) and your boss wants a pink widget, and there's that guy down the hall who wants every just "like it was before." How do we cut through the crap and deliver actual, valuable business outcomes?

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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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      • Growth Hacking for Product Managers

        Learn about growth hacking - both from sharing our own experiences and listening to effective techniques/experiments of others - in particular, how to use these skills and what it might mean for Product Managers (esp in regards to evaluating & proposing product enhancements).

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        • 3 votes
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          • WTF is a Design Sprint? And why should I care?

            Going beyond the basics of a design sprint, one of the most common questions is: how do we do more of these in our organization? Drawing on 3 years running design sprints at Contact Contact, and working withdozens of clients large and small, we'll have a discussion on the good and bad of incorporating this product approach in your organization.

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            • The first 90 days as a PM

              This session will look at how to Join a new team as a Product Manager and Discuss common pitfalls to avoid and things you probably want to do to get up to speed with the product and people quickly.

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              • Roadmapping your product

                Ask 10 people what a product roadmap is and you will get 10 different answers! This little artifact is an often misunderstood component of product development, but an incredibly important one to get right. Creating a great one is part art and part science. In this session we will talk through the real purpose of a roadmap and how it can be used to get the most out of your project and team. We'll unpack the key steps in the process and shed more light on the tools and frameworks that can be used to ensure a successful roadmapping effort.…

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                • Forget User-stories. Job Stories are the new black in Product Management

                  Why are we obsessed with User-stories? It makes many assumptions the team is aware of and aligned on about who the user is. Why not look through the lens of the "Jobs-to-be-done" framework and add a desperately needed layer of context, which will help the team better understand what's needed for your product

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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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                    • How much information to give to your sales team from the development plan?

                      Sales teams are always asking what is new in development and what can I tell my prospective customers about. Finding the balance between not being seen to be working on anything verses giving the grand plan away is a challenge for all product managers. Discuss how best to manage this process and avoid over commitment.

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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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                        • How PMs can stop developers & stakeholdrs f**king up the tech

                          Problems with technology almost always stem from people – engineers, stakeholders, product managers, and the interplay between them. Product managers have it within their gift to prevent technology going horrible wrong even without being technical, thus avoiding crippling technical debt and having to bin everything and start again.

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                          • How to optimise a product backlog

                            I'd like to discuss best practise for prioritising hundreds of competing tasks in a product backlog which meets the needs of multiple stakeholders across the business.

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                            • How to get consensus on emotive issues such as design, logos and colours

                              So often great wireframes come undone at the design stage, as suddenly everyone in the company has an opinion. Design is such an emotive issue, and you can't really A/B something purely on aestehtics. So what techniques can you use to reach consensus (or just make sure your favourite design wins!), rather than a horrible compromise or endless cycles?

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                              • 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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                                • How to Create Product Customers Love -

                                  This talk will be about using Lean Principles to Create Winning Products, showing fundamental and timeless elements that every great product posesses and also drawing from research from top product minds of the day,

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                                  • Minimum Viable product

                                    What are the best practices/ guidelines for defining MVP of a new product?

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                                    • 'First Product Manager' - Building the Product mindset from scratch

                                      Discussion around the challenges faced by the 'First Product Manager' in an established organisation (not a start-up). When the company culture is set in place, and introducing relatively 'new concepts' such as Agile/Scrum can be classified as too radical for developers and management.
                                      How have Product Managers/Directors dealt with this in the past and what are the best practices used to develop a product development mindset from scratch.

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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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                                        • 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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