Past Meetup

PCampDC 2012 End-of-Year Meetup

This Meetup is past

46 people went

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Note change in date: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Excella Consulting ( has generously offered their facilities for the event. It will be on the first floor main conference room as you enter the building.


6:00-6:20pm: Registration, Networking

6:20-6:30pm: Kick-off, Welcome [Shardul Mehta, Founder, ProductCamp DC]

Shardul will explain the purpose of the meetup and provide updates on PCampDC events.

6:30-6:50pm: Lessons Learned as an Agile Product Owner [Alesia Booth, Program Manager, Product Management, Department of Treasury]

Alesia Booth ( will share lessons learned as the Product Owner for the USAJOBS 3.0 project, an 18-month effort to overhaul and improve the user experience for job seekers.

Alesia has more than 20 years experience in Federal HR and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and a Human Resources Information Professional (HRIP). She has served as Deputy Director of Systems for, the Federal government's job portal, and continues to work in product management as program manager for talent management systems at the Department of Treasury.

6:50-7:10pm: Fireside Chat on Lean Startups [Teague Hopkins, Principal, Teague Hopkins Group]

Teague Hopkins ( will conduct a fireside chat on Lean Startups, dispelling myths and misconceptions, and discuss the applicability of its techniques and philosophy to new product development and corporate innovation. Come prepared with your questions!
Teague is Principal of the Teague Hopkins Group (, an organization that helps entrepreneurs adopt lean startup methodologies and make strategic use of rapid prototyping and user experience design, and runs the Innovator's Digest ( Teague has 15 years of design and technical experience working with the US federal government, Accenture and PBS, among others. As a Fischer Fellow at Babson’s Serious Games Initiative, he developed entrepreneurship curriculum materials for Goldman Sachs. He serves as an alumni advisor to Lean Startup Machine, and has been recognized for service to the community by the Maryland Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Service, the Harvey B. Gram Award, and the Ralph Z. and Charlotte R. Sorenson Award, and received Accenture’s Celebrating Performance Award.
7:10-7:30pm: Why is Getting Buy-In for a New Product Idea So Damn Hard? [Shardul]
Shardul will share his findings on ongoing research he's conducting on the challenges of creating and selling a business case for a new product idea.
7:30-7:45pm: Open Discussion [Tony Lizza, Product Manager, Visual Mining & Shardul]
Tony & Shardul will lead an open discussion on what can be done to foster a more engaged product community.
What can we do collectively, as a community, make it more collaborative, share ideas, foster good practices in product management and innovation? As members of the community, what should we be expecting from local product leaders? What can product managers do to foster greater dialogue and build community? 7:45-7:55pm: Say a "Tweet" [Tony Lizza & Joanna Snead, Excella Consulting]
Tony and Joanna will manage a rapid fire open mic around the room. Step up and "say a Tweet". We'll use the #pcampdc hashtag to post all updates given live. Talk about what's hot in the local DC product management community. Promote a project, job opening, seek a partner, or pimp an upcoming event.
7:55-8:00: Wrap-up
A couple of other things:
- Please fill out our very short survey ( We'd really like to get your feedback. It will take just 2 minutes. (Really!)
- If your organization is interested in being a sponsor of PCampDC, please send us an email at Great way to get exposure to the DC metro product community, generate awareness, and build your brand.