What we're about

Since 2004, Brainmates has been championing the importance of effective Product Management in organisations big and small.

The purpose of this group is to help bring together the growing community of Product Management Professionals and those who want to learn more about this vital function. The Product Management domain touches many areas of an organisation and is misunderstood or poorly defined in many of them.

Great Product Management means great products that customers love and great outcomes for the businesses providing them.

Product Talks Sydney will provide the community with an opportunity to learn from the Brainmates team and other Product Management professionals.

Who Should Join?

Product Management is not a single role. It covers everything from marketing, strategy, finance, development, sales and customer experience.

If you are interested in managing an existing product or developing a new one then this is a great opportunity to meet other professionals and learn from them.

"Product Talks" is also a networking function. We’re keen for Product Managers across different industries to meet up and exchange business cards. You never know where your next job offer will come from.

Please come with strong opinions and a desire to voice them!

Hey, if you are interested in Product Talks, but don't live in Sydney then no problem. Here are some other Meetups specifically for great product people:

Product Talks Brisbane (https://www.meetup.com/Product-Talks-Brisbane/)

Product Talks Singapore (https://www.meetup.com/producttalkssingapore/)

Product Women Sydney (https://www.meetup.com/Product-Women-Sydney/)

Product Women Melbourne (https://www.meetup.com/Women-in-Product-Melbourne/)

Product Anonymous Melbourne (https://www.meetup.com/Product-Anonymous-Meetup-Melbourne/)

Upcoming events (3)

The Art of Prioritisation the Radical Product Thinking way by Radhika Dutt

The Art of Prioritisation the Radical Product Thinking way: How to use Jedi-like powers of persuasion to align your organisation and communicate priorities. Most product leaders pick out prioritisation as one of their hardest challenges. Not only do you have to make difficult decisions, but you also have to persuade your team and stakeholders on your priorities. Even with data-driven approaches to prioritisation, your rankings can still look arbitrary to others. To experienced product leaders, priorities may at times seem obvious because you’ve developed an intuition for product decisions and priorities. How do you develop the same product intuition in your team? How do you make prioritisation discussions more productive and less contentious? In this talk, you’ll learn a powerful method and vocabulary that you can use across the organisation to prioritise almost anything, from sales opportunities and strategic initiatives to tactical features in your sprint planning. As an added bonus, for Star Wars fans, you’ll feel like you’ve learned to use The Force and be ready to use it in your organisation. ABOUT RADHIKA DUTT Radhika Dutt is co-founder of Radical Product Thinking movement and Advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the central bank of Singapore) on applying product thinking. She is an entrepreneur and product leader who has participated in four acquisitions as a result of the products she built; two of which were of companies she founded. Radhika has built products in industries including broadcast, media and entertainment, advertising technology, government, consumer apps, robotics, nonprofits, and wine. The roles she has held have been equally varied, including marketing, sales, strategy, program management, operations, CEO and product management. Her journey into product leadership made her realize that “product” is a way of thinking that can be applied almost anywhere, not a job title or function. It led her to co-found Radical Product Thinking as a movement of leaders creating vision-driven change.

What Do We Do Now? Lessons in creating a product-led strategy during a crisis

The philosopher Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This year has punched all of our roadmaps in the mouth. Hard. The question is, what do we do now? Starting with the basics (customer needs and market analysis) and moving through capabilities, ways of working and execution, this is critical for anyone who wants to be sure that their teams are working on the right things, right now, in the best way possible. In his new book - also called WHAT DO WE DO NOW? - Randy Silver takes Product Managers through the questions they should be asking and the conversations that they need to have with their customers, teams and management. ABOUT RANDY SILVER Randy Silver has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. A recovering music journalist and editor, he launched Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, and has worked across sectors including museums and arts groups, online education, media and entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Randy’s book, What Do We Do Now? A Product Manager’s Guide to Strategy in the Time of COVID-19 is out now, with all profits going to COVID-19 relief efforts.

Boosting Creativity in Your Teams and Workshops

Online event

How to unlock the creativity in individuals, teams and workshops to generate fresh new breakthrough ideas. Ideas are the currency of any customer experience, innovation, technology, people or transformation program, yet most organisations aren’t purposely set up to encourage creativity to flourish. In fact, often they the way they are set up has the opposite effect and kills creativity. In this interactive and experiential talk Nathan exposes the 5 blockers of individual, team and organisational creativity and how to overcome them to unleash everyone’s creativity, even those without a so called creative bone in their body. ABOUT NATHAN BAIRD Nathan is an internationally experienced author, speaker and innovation consultant living in Sydney, Australia. He is one of the world’s leading Design Thinking practitioners, having practiced and taught it since before it was called Design Thinking. He was previously a Partner of Design Thinking for KPMG, where he established and led KPMG’s Human Centred Design practice. He has run 100s of innovation projects, 1000s of workshops and spent tens of thousands of hours leading and training innovation across most industries and continents with global giants and market-leading organisations like the Australian Institute of Sport, Bausch & Lomb, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Diageo, Les Mills, Siemens and Unilever, as well as many small-medium enterprises, startups, not-for-profits and government. He is super passionate about democratising innovation while balancing the need to maintain rigorous standards of teaching and practice to enable all individuals, teams, organisations and countries to prosper and flourish through design-led innovation. In his 20 years of experience in business Nathan has worked both client side and consultancy side, as well as running his own company.

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Leading the Product Pitch Fest!

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