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Product Owner’s Kanban: I put that sh*t on everything!

Cory Bran
CSPO
Product Owner ( CSPO ) / Agile Coach
Ipreo

How can this topic help you?

Outside of team activities, Product Owners have so many different things to keep track of including, new ideas, customer requests, planning activities, UAT, and release activities. Can can you track, communicate, and floe all the needed things? Use a kanban board(s) for them all.

What is at stake?

Often Product Owners and managers try excel lists, email feature request, status reports, and other artifacts to communicate one or many different things that they are trying to track. Not being on top of all the items and ideas will leave you dropping one or many of them.

What should we know?

The various ways that kanban can be used for each area above, how to adapt it as you progress, how to share the information with customers, clients, execs, and the team.

The subtitle is from a add for hot sauce, a sweet old lady talking about how she use’s Frank hot sauce on everything she eats/cooks. Same principle to kanban, i constantly use it to start and expand ways to solve issues.

What will we be able to do better?

Plan, prepare, and communicate the activities to make your product successful and stakeholders informed.

About the presenter

I have been a product owner for 5 years and build teams, delivery processes, and products for large and small Financial companies. Focusing on incremental and iterative delivery allow the clients to provide feedback to make products more successful. I’ve helped teams deliver monthly, or as features are ready, whichever works best for our clients.
Cory Bryan

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How to be market-driven when your company is customer-driven

Joel Meyer
Product Director
Premier, Inc.

How can this topic help you?

Many companies get their start by solving a problem for a few initial customers. This session will help you create a strategy to move your organization from the focus on those initial customers to the needs of the greater market.

What is at stake?

Although a customer-driven product can satisfy a few important customers, it demonstrates a lack of vision and understanding for the true needs of the larger market. Also, it can create poor feature design, rework, technical debt, an inability to say “no”, and an overall high opportunity cost.

What should we know?

We will discuss:
o how we got here
o why we should change
o techniques to change the company’s mindset
o how to succeed during the mindset shift

What will we be able to do better?

o Articulate the market need
o Say “”no”” to one-off requests
o Stop incurring technical debt
o Focus on benefits over features

About the presenter

Joel Meyer is a Product Director for Premier and is responsible for Premier’s Data Alliance Collaborative. He is a product strategist, marketer, innovator, and entrepreneur focused on resolving the challenges of healthcare through creative and collaborative solutions. Joel’s healthcare focus began by building electronic medical record systems, then he moved into patient portals, telemedicine, and mobile apps.

Prior to Premier, Joel designed Verizon’s Virtual Visits, a mobile solution to connect patients and clinicians for remote care. He has held various product management roles in large and small companies for the last 15 years. Joel was a board member for the Utah Product Management Association. Joel holds degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.


Joel Meyer

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MVP, Product-Market Fit, Whole Product? Coming up with practical answers.

Steve Stover
VP, Product
Samanage

How can this topic help you?

Understand from practical experience how to navigate the right product to your market.

What is at stake?

If you don’t learn from more examples, your products will fail.

What should we know?

See warning signs, avoid common mistakes, get where you want to go sooner.

What will we be able to do better?

Deliver the right product faster, but non one hits it out of the park on the first try.

About the presenter

Steve is a technical and product management leader that has launched and grown product portfolios at start-ups and large organizations like Teradata, Quest software, Dell, and Red Hat.
Steve Stover

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How to Think Strategically

Greg Hopper BSEE, Master of Entrepreneurship
CEO
Strategic Edge Executive Resources, LLC

How can this topic help you?

This session will help you get and stay out in front of your competition…

What is at stake?

…and teach you the consequences if you don’t stay out in front of your competition.

What should we know?

You will learn an overview of five frameworks that will change the way you look at business.

What will we be able to do better?

If you are an engineer, entrepreneur, executive, salesperson, or just plain fascinated by what makes some companies succeed above others, this entertaining, interactive, and information-packed talk is for you!

About the presenter

Greg Hopper is an executive focused on creating customer value. He is CEO of Strategic Edge Executive Resources, LLC, a business growth and strategy firm in Raleigh. Greg has extensive product development, marketing, and management experience in a broad spectrum of industries including IBM, co-founding a venture-backed startup, and consulting. He is an adjunct professor at Duke University, a member of the Executive Education Faculty at the NC State University Poole College of Management, and a member of PDMA and the Association of Strategic Planning.
Greg Hopper

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Disruption of the Traditional Management Model and Impact on Innovation Management

Jeff Groh BSME, MBA
President
New Product Visions

How can this topic help you?

The predominant management model used in organizations today has been around since the beginning of the last century and influences how companies manage innovation. The focus of this discussion is to explore the forces and trends that are disrupting the current management model and what it ultimately means for innovation management.

What is at stake?

The traditional management model is outdated, having been created for the industrial age. It is no longer relevant in today’s world, and companies who rely on its fundamental tenants will not survive long term.

What should we know?

You will gain an understanding of what the traditional management model is, why it is being disrupted, and key insights on what that means to all of us who work in organizations. The insights apply to any kind or size of organization, profit or non-profit, product or services, B2B or B2C.

What will we be able to do better?

You will be better able to make sense of what you see happening all around you and develop your own worldview on the topic, and how it applies to your organization. It will make you think differently and challenge assumptions. More importantly, it will help those who manage organizations view the management model and culture as a way to create a sustainable competitive advantage. For those who work in organizations but not in organization leadership positions, they will gain an understanding of the topic so they can influence those around them. Ultimately it is about not only achieving financial success, but better serving society, the needs of employees and the environment.

About the presenter

I am President of New Product Visions and help small to mid-sized manufacturing companies improve their innovation management practices. I focus on processes, organization issues, role of management and culture. Services include consulting, workshops and software enablers.

Prior to starting New Product Visions, I spent 30+ years in industry, mostly in manufacturing firms. I had a variety of roles in sales/marketing, manufacturing, service/support and just prior to staring my consulting company, was VP Technology for a $250M analytical instrument manufacturer. In that role, I was responsible for all product development across three product lines and part of the senior management team responsible for the P&L.

I am a practitioner and generalist when it comes to innovation management, view innovation as a key business process not just the role of R&D, and am passionate about the important role of senior management in innovation success.

I write extensively through my blog, and have a monthly column on innovation management in South Carolina Manufacturing.


Jeff Groh

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Applying Big Data to Know – Exactly – Now

Finbar Gallagher
Founder of Fraysen Systems. Masters in Systems Engineering
CEO
Fraysen Systems

How can this topic help you?

This session will help you with real-world approaches to using data effectively in your organization.

What is at stake?

This presentation will help you discover the difference between having/using data and turning your data into useful information.

What should we know?

You will learn the difference between data (measurements, metrics) and actionable information. You will gain usable techniques to tame your data.

What will we be able to do better?

You will be better able to take charge of information available in your company and how to make use of it.

About the presenter

Finbar Gallagher is a “Big Data” pioneer with over 25 years experience in manufacturing, analysis, improvement and large scale information systems development. Finbar’s innovative technology leadership has helped companies such as Hewlett Packard, Bausch & Lomb, Oral B, Yves Rocher, Peach State Market and Glover Printing gain a competitive edge and increase ROI through business process automation and integration. Finbar led several systems implementation teams during his 12-year tenure with Hewlett Packard, most notably the engineering team that successfully introduced the first Hewlett Packard Inkjet cartridge manufacturing line to Ireland. Finbar holds a Masters in Systems Engineering from Boston University
Finbar Gallagher

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Adobe Digital Storytelling Session

Gunes (Goonesh) Yucel, Ph.D.
Research Associate

How can this topic help you?

Digital Storytelling is an emerging instructional & marketing strategy. Join Gunes(Goonesh) Yucel, Cognitive Neuroscientist (UNC-Duke) to learn how to tell very compelling stories in a rich and visually appealing format using Slate Adobe mobile/web application (will mention a little bit Premiere Clip & Voice). Bring a laptop, Android Device, iPhone, or iPad with you and you may walk out of the session with a great story to tell! See some examples: https://slate.adobe.com/welcome/

What is at stake?

Adobe Slate turns stories into modern, professional, attention grabbing web pages. The end result is a modern, responsive, web page, one that looks great on any device and any size screen.

What should we know?

With Slate, you will learn:
1) How to bring words and images together in fun ways, turning portfolio, essays, assignments, reports, and more, into engaging visual stories.
2) How to play with a variety of layouts, and add text.

What will we be able to do better?

Build an enchanted resume or portfolio, explain how to do or make something, a call to action for a cause, document a favorite life event, describe a process, pitch a grant proposal, a new course or a new product. Talk about or illustrate your favorite book, vacation, etc. Outline a problem you are going to solve, explain your research project.

About the presenter

I am a cognitive neuroscientist conducting experiments in auditory, vision, emotion, face processing, and autism fields by using neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potentials(ERPs). I am passionate about learning data analysis and technical tools as well as programming languages. I love sharing what I learn. Thank you for giving an opportunity to share with you my Slate Adobe mobile/web application knowledge.
Gunes (Goonesh) Yucel, Ph.D.

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Product Managers as Creative and Innovative Leaders

Victoria Kumar, PMP
Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional; Director, PMI Board of Directors (2014 – 2016)
Sr Program Manager, AIG United Guaranty EPMO
AIG United Guaranty

How can this topic help you?

In the current global economic climate, organizations are forced to “innovate or die.” Only innovative organizations can survive the highly competitive global market.

What is at stake?

If you stay ignorant about being innovative leaders, you run the risk of “dying” as an organization, like Kodak, Blockbuster, Circuit City.

What should we know?

Key things you will gain from my presentation are leadership competencies for you, as product managers, to manage your teams most effectively as creative and innovative leaders, deliver successful projects and programs and achieve your organizational strategies and goals

What will we be able to do better?

If you attend my presentation you will learn how to manage and lead your teams in an organizational culture of creativity and innovation

About the presenter

Since 2006, I have owned and run the training group: Project Management Leaders Training, a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider, delivering project management and leadership training to the global project management community.
Victoria Kumar, PMP

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From Ideas to Action: An Intrapreneur’s Guide to Thriving in the Enterprise

K. Melissa Kennedy, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer & Founder
48 Innovate

How can this topic help you?

This session will help individuals inside companies to go from product idea to pilot to scale. It leverages both traditional and lean startup methodologies to help employees take that brilliant product idea, build internal buy in through communication and influence to pilot product to full-scale global roll out.

What is at stake?

More than 98% of people don’t quit their day job to start a company, they must successfully navigate the organization they work in. Internal politics and status quo often impede product introductions. Knowing how to gain buy in on all levels from the mailroom to the boardroom is critical for any product developer or idea generator to be successful. At stake is having that brilliant prototype never see the light of day because you didn’t play the inside game right. Going from influence to impact is the one of the top failure points for any new idea, product or change within organizations. If attendees don’t know how to gain influence and support on the inside that new product he/she developed during product camp will be just an academic exercise.

What should we know?

You will learn how to evolve your pitch depending on your audience. You will learn how to identify key stakeholders and road blockers and how to navigate internal politics. You will learn when to offer credit when it’s not due, but when it means getting your idea from pitch to pilot. You will learn how to build collateral to sell your product idea during each stage of the buy in process inside organizations. You will learn when and how to let go of YOUR EGO in order to see your new product offering scale and succeed.

What will we be able to do better?

Navigate the internal politics of any organization, in order to take your idea from thought to large scale roll out through influence, communication and buy in.

About the presenter

I’m an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur. I have built and launched products and services for companies like Cisco, WRAL.com and my startup ventures, Ester Mae Marketing and 48 Innovate, garnering more than $500M in revenues for clients or my businesses.
K. Melissa Kennedy

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Not An Afterthought: Interweaving Measurement Into User Stories

John Cutler
Senior Product Manager
Pendo.io

How can this topic help you?

“How do you incorporate measurement into standard user stories? Why is measurement always tacked on “”at the end””, and often with little oversight. What do we actually measure?

In this facilitated activity I’ll share some methods for interweaving measurement into user stories without detracting from their user-centricity.”

What is at stake?

You run the risk creating parallel paths … user stories AND the stories meant to measure those stories. This is counterproductive and defocuses the team.

What should we know?

“You will learn a framework for incorporating measurement directly into user stories that leverages:

Context: The problem context or situation
Events: Events taken to rectify the problem
Outcomes: What outcomes result from attempts to solve the problem”

What will we be able to do better?

You will learn how to to write INVESTable user stories that capture customer pains AND serve as a basis for measurement/validation.

About the presenter

John Cutler is the Senior Product Manager of Pendo.io, an analytics and onboarding product targeted specifically at improving outcomes for product development and customer success teams. John is keenly focused on user experience, evidence-driven product development, and agile/lean methodologies. As a former UX researcher at AppFolio, a product manager at AdKeeper and RichFX, a startup founder, and a product team coach, John has a perspective that spans individual roles, domains, and products. His viral enthusiasm has been heard through speaking engagements with Agile 2015, Agile Open Northern California 2016, and various ProductCamps and MeetUps.

Mixing in some less-than-typical experiences — driving rickshaws in NYC, and touring the US with “five other weird creative people in a van” — John blogs prolifically about collaboration, product development, diversity, UX research, lean startup, and user experience. Some notable posts include The Iron Triangle Is Dead, Persona(s) Non Grata, and To Experiment Is Human. Reality is a **cker. And The Law Of Two Feet. Subscribe on Medium or follow him on Twitter (@johncutlefish).


John Cutler

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Agile beyond software

Davidson Wicker
Founder & CEO
Ravetree

How can this topic help you?

This presentation will explore the benefits of applying agile project management methodologies outside of software development.

What is at stake?

Agile methodologies can help teams move faster, be prepared for change, and mitigate the effects of scope creep.

What should we know?

The audience will be given an overview of how agile methodologies can add tremendous value to teams that have struggled in the past to meet deadlines, and suffered from scope creep.

What will we be able to do better?

Attendees will have a better understanding of how agile methodologies can benefit non-software teams to increase the likelihood of successful product outcomes.

About the presenter

I founded Ravetree, a cloud-based agile management platform for creative service businesses. The entire software platform was built by myself and we have recently taken the product to market.
Davidson Wicker

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Product Managers and Customer Success Managers – How to scale the Voice of the Customer to Optimize your Roadmap

Alix Harris
Customer Success Manager
Pendo.io

How can this topic help you?

This session will help organizations of any size understand how to define relationships and processes that will empower Product Managers to maintain visibility into the behaviors and personas of the customer from Customer 1 to Customer infinity!

What is at stake?

As your organization grows, learn methods to optimize engagement and scale the product feedback loop – growth can be unpredictable- don’t lose opportunities to identify and promote success for lack of preparedness!

What should we know?

1) Learn what the role of PM means to you and what the role of the Account Owner (CSM, AM) means to Product Management

2)How your users look today, can change tomorrow – be ready to evolve internally as your customer base grows from the outside

3) Examples of where to start breaking down the process to build up your business

4) What tools and data can help grow your business and promote a successful product roadmap

What will we be able to do better?

Learn more about what Customer Success means, when to get Account Liaisons involved in processes with the Product Management team and how to bubble up and prioritize customer requests to optimize roadmap planning from Day 1 of business as you scale!

About the presenter

Alix Harris is a Serial Customer Evangelist with over 15 years experience in working to achieve Customer Success.
Alix’s career evolved from an early interest in the analysis and understanding of Customer behavior through Customer relationship management and Customer relationship data and applying those data points and qualitative information to forging long term partnerships with clients across many Software/SaaS solutions.
With a desire to turn customer wants and needs into translatable business requirements that deliver high impact products and top results for both internal organizations and external clients, Alix has taken her experience in Sales Operations, Technical Implementation and Support, Pre and Post-Sales Engagement and Contracts Admin/Negotiations to coach clients, colleagues and partners in best practices for Optimal Client Engagement and Product Success.

Alix Harris

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