Managing People and Products the Agile Way

If you want to learn how to be a better manager of people and product development, you don't want to miss this session. We're combining two expects which will make it more fun and interactive. I love the subtitle to this event which is "Make the nerds behave! -- How to be a great agile manager after you started life as one of the nerds." Those that attend get a copy of either Greg Cohen's or John Levy's book as well as the tools one needs to succeed. If you're in this space, this is a must-see session.

Hope to see you there. Mitchell Levy,[masked]
SV Business Meetup Chair and Publisher,,

WHAT: Managing People and Products the Agile Way
MORE: Make the nerds behave! -- How to be a great agile manager after you started life as one of the nerds.
COST: $20 fee until July 19th, ($25 from July 20th)
DATE: July 21 5:30-8:30pm
NOTE: Get a free copy of either "Agile Product Management" by Greg Cohen or "Get Out of the Way" by John Levy
BOOK INFO: or LOCATION: Intero, 10275 N De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
REGISTER: RSVP in the space above
MAKE PAYMENT: Use this url [] to pay with credit card or PayPal
5:30-6:30 Signup and networking
6:30-7:30 Interactive talk with both John Levy & Greg Cohen
7:30-7:50 Announcements
7:50-8:30 Additional networking -----------------------------

There have been a lot of changes over the years, from the advent of the Internet, ever cheapening bandwidth and processing power, the ability distribute products with little transaction costs, and hosted services where we can gather usage metrics and push updates on our schedule. But if we had to pick one change, Agile development stands out as the most significant innovation for product management that has occurred in this lifetime.

If you want innovative products that are delivered on time, you have to understand how to support and encourage your teams without over directing them. In other words, you have to get out of the way, because high-tech people can organize themselves very well under the right conditions.

Managing high-tech development is not for the faint of heart. Most of us believe that understanding the technology is sufficient for leading a high-tech group, but it actually takes a lot more than that to be successful. For managing people, you will learn:

  • What are the common mistakes technologists make when they become managers?
  • How to encourage professional growth in your high-tech teams.
  • What is the most important factor in your mind-set when planning new products?
  • Do you really need to be an expert in your teams' technologies?
  • Can you really afford those prima donnas on your team?

For managing products, you will learn:

  • The top three reasons Agile Development is great for product management
  • How to leverage Agile for greater product success
  • Changes product managers need to make to take full advantage of Agile
  • The two most important things to watch out for when working with an Agile development team
  • Where to start

About the Presenters:

John Levy
is a management consultant with over thirty years of experience in the computer and software industries, including engineering management positions at Quantum, Apple Computer, Tandem Computers, and Digital Equipment. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and holds engineering degrees from Cornell and Caltech.

John helps business managers get consistent, predictable, and innovative results from their product development and IT organizations. If you would like to find more information about his consulting services, please visit
Greg Cohen is a Senior Principal Consultant with the 280 Group and a 15 year Product Management veteran with extensive experience and knowledge of Agile development, a Certified Scrum Master, and former President of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association. Greg earned an MBA with honor from Babson College and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with second major in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

He has worked and consulted to venture start-ups and large companies alike and has trained product managers throughout the world on Agile development, road mapping, feature prioritization, product lifecycle process, and product management assessment. You can learn more about his book at or read his blogs at

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  • A former member
    A former member

    One speaker only could have bee just fine too.

    July 23, 2010

  • Leslie B.

    This meetup was excellent on Managing People and Teams and how to create specific business models. WE had an excellent turnout with over 23 guests! Speakers were outstanding engineers and highly educated, very wise and courageous entrepeneurs sharing their wisdom with us. In fact I was busy in the backroom creating my work flow business model according to George Cohen's diagrams, then I jumped up afterwards introduced myself to John and George and showed what I created, they were really eager to hear and very surprised! It was the perfect event for me! We welcomed new guests to this event too! Please join us next time, always informative and relevant topics!

    July 23, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great interactions & feedback.

    July 22, 2010

  • Richard F.

    The presenters have such great backgrounds and biographies....who could resist not attending? I'm sure I'll be hanging on John's every word...

    July 8, 2010

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