The Balanced Team Approach

Colorado Product Meetup
Colorado Product Meetup
Public group


1644 Platte St · Denver, CO

How to find us

Take the elevators up to the 2nd floor.

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Product Managers working in Tech often feel like they carry a heavy burden - understand the market value, understand the user, understand the engineering - along with the pressures to quickly decide and act in a fast-moving industry. The Balanced Team Approach, utilized at Pivotal Software, attempts to better distribute this perceived burden by bringing multi-disciplinary teams (Product, Design/UX, Engineering) together to share ownership of iteratively delivering high-value products. When Product, Design, and Engineering all equally collaborate and feel ownership of delivering improved customer outcomes, better products emerge.

In this session, you’ll not only learn more about the concept, but you’ll also have an opportunity to hear from an actual Balanced Team at Pivotal. The presenting team took on a highly technical effort that traditionally may have only been staffed with engineers. You’ll hear from the Product Manager, Designer/Researcher, and Engineering Team on how having a balanced team approach helped their work and ultimately allowed them to deliver far better product outcomes.

In the session you will:
- Learn the value of the Balanced Team Approach and how you might apply it at your organization
- Hear it applied pragmatically on a technically-complex project where using a Balanced Team Approach might not have traditionally been considered
- Have the opportunity to ask questions of the people in these Balanced Roles: Product, Design, Development

Agenda for the evening:
5:30- 6:00 Network, grab food and drink
6:00- 7:30 Session with the Balanced Team
7:30- 8:00 Network

The Balanced Team you'll be hearing from:
Amber Alston is a Principal Product Manager for Pivotal Cloud Foundry
Nadja Conklin is a Senior Product Manager and Manager for Pivotal Cloud Foundry
Christy Cattin is a Staff UX Researcher for Pivotal Cloud Foundry
John McBride is an Engineer for Pivotal Cloud Foundry
Jesse Alford is a Senior Software Engineer for Pivotal Cloud Foundry