- Product Camp Melbourne - 10th year!!
The 10th anniversary of ProductCamp Melbourne will be Saturday August 24th. Thank you Australia Post for hosting!!! Thanks to all our sponsors: Brainmates, Sixsix, Envato, Seek, CultureAmp, Reecetech & Airwallex!!!! Logistics: * Registration starts at 8:30am and we kick off with talks at 9am sharp * There will be coffee and breakfast to greet you at this time. * We continue to feed you throughout the day and will have food requests taken care of. Just keep an eye out for the signage to come claim your dietary preferences apart from the main food layout. (we are doing our best so if you know your combo is tricky please do bring a back-up) * Our awesome keynotes include: * Special guest appearance by Rich Mironov, ProductCamp founder * Antony Ugoni, from SEEK will talk about data science, AI, and more * Georgia Murch, will take us through how to give and receive feedback. * We will wrap at 5pm and head to the European Beer cafe where we have space reserved for us to continue our conversations. *Lots of comms and updates via Slack: updates via Slack: http://bit.ly/pcmelb19 Remember, still time to put forward a talk, so submit your topic here: http://bit.ly/PCampMelb2019 (all talks are voted on by attendees on the day)
- Leading the Product - Lightning Talk - PitchFest
Leading the Product (LTP) are planning another round of Lightning Talks this year. Would you like to be one of those speakers & have the chance to present to 500 product professionals??? We're hosting LTP Pitchfest again this year to give you the chance to do exactly that! We had two great talks at last year's event by the two winners of the 2018 Pitchfest - Daniel Kinal & Shiyu Zhu. We are hoping to find another two great speakers to take the stage in 2019. First, we'll hear from the folks who did Lightning Talks last year. Get their tips and hear about their experience in planning, practicing and getting up there! Then, it's your turn! Those of you interested will get 90 seconds to pitch what you'd like to talk about. No slides... just you sharing with the crowd & judges. At the end of the evening, 2 people will be selected to present a Lightning Talk at Leading the Product 2019. Selection is based on the judges' vote and votes from the audience. If you know someone that should get up and present then make sure you send them the link to this event! "I wasn't sure about pitching a lighting talk topic last year but it ended up being an amazing experience. The pitch night itself is great fun and the crowd is incredibly encouraging. Think more 'open-mic night' than 'audition'. Actually winning a spot was a surprise but it was a thrill to have the chance to take that pitch to the next level. Preparing the presentation was intense but incredibly rewarding. And, of course, I wasn't alone: being paired with a supportive coach to assist in crafting the presentation to get that pace and structure just right was a huge help. And then the opportunity to present it to a group of my tribe at Australia's pre-eminent product management event was, of course, an absolute rush." - Daniel Kinal The judges are looking for: - Relevance: Appropriate subject matter for the audience - Level: The audience is primarily Product Managers with 5+ years of Product Management - Presentation Style: Entertaining, Engaging, Educational - The X-Factor: do we want to hear more from this person??? Our judges for the evening will be confirmed closer to the date. I WANT TO PRESENT! WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? You should rsvp for this session and then tell us you're interested at this form: https://forms.gle/jcbpEVNxVpippABv6 In a supportive and friendly environment put forward an idea you’ve been noodling on. Maybe there is something that annoys you, something that you love, a new tool you just can’t live without, anything, just come and tell us about it. It’s only 90 seconds. What have you got to lose? It’s a great skill to work on. Get yourself ready for that great elevator pitch. WHAT IS A LIGHTNING TALK? It is a five minute presentation, with 20 slides that advance automatically. You can see a video of the three Lightning talks from Leading the Product Melbourne 2017 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFL0gKVOhNE) and the LTP Sydney 2018 talks here: https://www.leadingtheproduct.com/past-speakers/ (scroll down a little and read, watch or check-out the sketchnote!)
- The life and times of an entrepreneur
This month we are talking with a panel of entrepreneurs about their journey in their space and the product skills they are picking up along the way. Our speakers: Grant Hatamosa is the first employee of Zen Ecosystems, a hot upstart in the cleantech/smart grid industry. Grant has worn multiple hats through his journey of becoming Zen Ecosystems Vice President of Product. He was a call centre agent, field technician, manufacturing manager, and operations & support manager on top of his actual role as Product Manager. He currently spends his time on Business Development & Product Management preaching the gospel of energy efficiency to customers in the US and Australia. Prior to his stint at Zen Ecosystems, Grant was a lead software developer for Planet Innovation, a company that was awarded Australia’s Most Innovative Company for a number of years. He also had stints in Singapore and the Philippines for NXP Semiconductors and Lexmark Research and Development respectively. https://www.linkedin.com/in/granthatamosa/ Shannon Gilleland is a project manager come entrepreneur who earned her stripes not only managing schedules across 12 international teams, for a global games company, but from getting her virtual hands dirty in the e-commerce business setting up and running multiple online businesses. She’s now putting her entrepreneurial, project management and problem solving skills to good use by helping solve one of the worlds plastic pollution problems as well as helping her fellow parents travel easier with a baby. https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannongilleland/ Carl Rigoni is the founder & CEO of SixSix. With a strong track record in successfully managing portfolios of digital and traditional businesses, generating revenues in excess of $1B, Carl is a leading force in helping our clients achieve their economic goals in the digital landscape. Carl also has extensive experience in building multiple cross functional digital incubation teams to facilitate innovation and Enterprise transformation agendas. Furthermore, he has launched highly successful disruptive products such as an award winning Whereis Mobile Application, Sensis1234, and a national Digital Change of Address Notification service. https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-rigoni-76230a17/ Thanks to our hosts for the evening - A Cloud Guru!
- Moving into Product - PAID event - get your ticket at Eventbrite
Are you looking to start a Career in Product Management? One of the questions that we hear at the Product Management Community Meetups is “How do I get my first job in Product Management?” We have heard the call and have prepared this seminar to help you. Tickets to be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/moving-into-product-half-day-seminar-melbourne-registration-55266644020 Brainmates have worked collaboratively with other product management leaders to design this half-day seminar where you will get a chance to put a lot of the buzzwords and concepts into a clear Product Management context that will help prepare you for getting that first Product Management role. Seminar Goal The goals of the seminar are to help you: - Determine what type of role in Product Management is aligned with your current skills and interest. - Create an action plan for getting a suitable role in Product Management. - Understand the fundamental concepts and purpose of Product Management. - Improve your confidence applying for your first product role. Seminar Topics The seminar will cover topics including: - The different types of product jobs available in the Product Management domain - Introduction to the key building blocks that lead to successful products - The terms MVP, MMP, Product Market Fit & hypothesis mean within product - Tools that help Product Managers perform key Product Management activities - An understanding of how lean, agile & design thinking fits in Product Management - How others have gotten started in product & their pathway - An understanding where your skills align within the breadth of product Actionable steps you can take now to move into a product role What will I get? This half-day seminar includes: - Printed seminar notes - Morning tea ATTN: By RSVP'ing here on Meetup, you are NOT registered for the workshop! https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/moving-into-product-half-day-seminar-melbourne-registration-55266644020
- Continuous Discovery – Worth the effort?
Overview: Most teams have gotten really good at delivering quickly, and measuring our results. However sometimes we can get a bit addicted to shipping fast rather than right, listen to our assumptions too much, and relying on A/B testing to validate if we’ve delivered value. Hear about the struggle and joy of a journey of continuous discovery, and some examples of validating ideas before building anything. Our presenter: Caitlin Blackwell is Acting Head of Product – Candidate Experience at SEEK. She’s previously been in Product Manager roles across many parts of SEEK over the past 7 years, and is currently focused on driving the candidate vision for all of SEEK’s jobseeking products. Doors 6pm Talk starts 6:30pm For further reading please check out Teresa Torres blog on this topic and her video's explaining the value: - https://www.producttalk.org/category/continuous-discovery/ (a link to all 23 of her articles directly on the subject) - https://www.producttalk.org/2018/10/continuous-discovery-mindsets/ (the talk) Thanks to our wonderful hosts RMIT Online. Launching Australia's first University program in Product Management on the 1st of June to help fulfil the emerging skills gap in product management! It's a Graduate Certificate - Masters level, 4 subjects, and can be completed in 6-12 months. https://online.rmit.edu.au/course/pg-graduate-certificate-of-product-management-gc169
- OKRs in Real Life
This month we are going to talk OKR's. What are they, how they do work, why are they a good idea to implement, what do you need to do to be successful, how to persist, and we may just get to the meaning of life by the end. With a group of folk: - Andrew Knibbe, Head of Product - Direct Hirer at Seek - has over 10 years of product management experience - cutting his product teeth in the early days alongside the ThoughtWorks team at Sensis followed by stints at Carsales and Flippa before moving to SEEK where he has had Head of Product roles across both the Consumer and Business side of the employment marketplace. He doesn't miss the chevrons-on-a-page days of product roadmaps and remains excited about what OKRs can mean for product teams (and customers!). - Wayne Allan, Technical Product Manager, REA - A muso turned software engineer turned product manager, I love creating things people love! Currently solving problems at realestate.com.au - Brad Dunn is the Co-founder and Product Director at OHNO in Melbourne. Before that, he was the executive for Product & Customer Experience at Geo. For 7 years, Brad was the CEO of Nazori, a mobile product development business, where they worked with clients in 12 countries around the world including Samsung, Airbnb and Aesop. If you've got key questions about OKR's post them here, and we will try and get them covered in the presentations or during the Q&A. We will open up Slido to help also facilitate the conversation. Some pre-reading if you are so inclined: https://www.oreilly.com/business/free/files/introduction-to-okrs.pdf Thanks to the wonderful folk at Medibank for being our hosts this month.
- April Dumplings - an Easter/ANZAC holiday break. Join via Slack
Due to the big break that Easter and the ANZAC holiday will bring we aren't having an official Product Anonymous event this month. Instead, we will head out for DUMPLINGS (& maybe a game of ShipIt). For those interested in doing that, join us on Slack (sign up here: http://bit.ly/prodanonslack) and jump into the #dumplings channel! We will organise dinner & numbers from there.
- The What & Why of Wardley Mapping
A lot goes into creating a strategy - market data, competitor information, current performance evaluation, vision, mission, values and on and on. The creator of Wardley Maps, Simon Wardley, argues we need a map, not a SWOT. Maps help us with situational awareness so we can see movement in the future and maps are important in deciding on actions. Our speaker for the evening, Kim Ballestrin of elabor8, will run us through the concept of Wardley Mapping, how to use it for decision making and some examples of how others have used this type of mapping. The bulk of the evening will be workshop style as we will all create a Wardley map. Hope to see you there. RSVP now! Doors 6pm Talk starts at 6:30pm Speaker: Kim Ballestrin is a passionate and highly skilled Principal Consultant at Elabor8 working on the Agile transformations of large enterprises. She has over 20 years of diverse management (IT) experience, helping some of Australia’s most prominent organisations on their Agile change journey. Kim is an experienced technologist, having worked in roles from IT business analyst through to program and delivery centre management. She specialises in Lean, Cynefin, Agile, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, DevOps and ideas to improve the ways that companies work and deliver value to customers. Currently the organiser of the Melbourne Cynefin and Lean Coffee Meetups, Kim regularly presents and runs workshops at leading local and international conferences on the Cynefin Framework, Decision Mapping and Early Idea Feasibility. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimballestrin/
- Moving into Product - Ticket sales closed
Eventbrite sales are closed. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/moving-into-product-half-day-seminar-melbourne-registration-55266677119?aff=erelexpmlt Are you looking to start a Career in Product Management? One of the questions that we hear at the Product Management Community Meetups is “How do I get my first job in Product Management?” We have heard the call and have prepared this seminar to help you. Brainmates have worked collaboratively with other product management leaders to design this half-day seminar where you will get a chance to put a lot of the buzzwords and concepts into a clear Product Management context that will help prepare you for getting that first Product Management role. Seminar Goal The goals of the seminar are to help you: - Determine what type of role in Product Management is aligned with your current skills and interest. - Create an action plan for getting a suitable role in Product Management. - Understand the fundamental concepts and purpose of Product Management. - Improve your confidence applying for your first product role. Seminar Topics The seminar will cover topics including: - The different types of product jobs available in the Product Management domain - Introduction to the key building blocks that lead to successful products - The terms MVP, MMP, Product Market Fit & hypothesis mean within product - Tools that help Product Managers perform key Product Management activities - An understanding of how lean, agile & design thinking fits in Product Management - How others have gotten started in product & their pathway - An understanding where your skills align within the breadth of product Actionable steps you can take now to move into a product role What will I get? This half-day seminar includes: - Printed seminar notes - Morning tea ATTN: By RSVP'ing here on Meetup, you are NOT registered for the workshop!
- F**k Roadmaps!!! - The good, the bad and the ugly
Welcome to 2019!!! For our 1st session of the year, we are focusing on the #1 requested topic in our annual survey - roadmaps! Our speakers will be taking you through their perspective on roadmaps… we won’t give it all away just yet but you will hear that not every roadmap is f**ked, tips on how to unf**k your roadmap, and of course when to tell a roadmap to go f**k itself. Our speakers will include examples from both personal experience and the way their current organisation navigates their use. Our three great speakers will be: 1. David Bignell - Product Lead at SEEK, currently focused on improving the eCommerce space across the APAC region. - Picked up most of his craft from stuffing things up at least once. - Current ‘product passion’ would be trying to describe things in verbs and not nouns. Gives an interesting perspective! 2. Whitney Cali - GM Product, Audience & Experience, REA Group - As REA Group’s GM – Product, Audience & Experience, Whitney Cali is responsible for creating smart and compelling experiences in realestate.com.au’s desktop & mobile apps to help change the way the world experiences property. She leads a team of product managers, designers and UX researchers to create intuitive and personalised experiences that help individuals make great property decisions. 3. Keith Swann - Lead Product Manager, Origin Energy There will be lots of time for Q&A and you can submit questions via Sli.do or vote on the questions of others. Details will be shared on the night. Thanks to our sponsors! Without them these events would not happen! Our host: Gather is a brand within United Co. and exists to connect and inspire a community of Melbourne’s bright-minded and open-hearted, exploring complex questions, expanding perspectives and building skills for a thriving future. Making sure we don't go hungry or die of thirst.. - Seek - Brainmates