Past Meetup

How to Train Your HiPPO

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Have you noticed the impact when someone more senior in your organisation shares their opinion? Meet the HiPPO: the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion. Sometimes it’s subtle and unintended. Other times, it’s more direct and intentional. Either way, the HiPPO is a dangerous animal in Product Management. Whilst the HiPPO likes to be in charge, none of us want to be responsible for developing products that nobody wants. How can we help the HiPPO to help themselves?

This session is a chance to learn a few simple techniques for training the HiPPOs in your organisation. At the end of this session, you would have learned why the HiPPO is so dangerous in product development and five approaches to help handle the HiPPO.

Speaker: Joshua Arnold, Black Swan Farming Ltd.

With a background in Engineering, Joshua has spent the last decade in senior Product and Technology Leadership roles around the globe (currently Silicon Valley). He gets pumped about developing products that customers love and that teams love building. His superpower is speeding up Time To Market and learning loops and he writes about Cost of Delay and other Product Management stuff at Most comfortable wearing a rubber suit, riding moving walls of water.

The venue has VERY limited capacity, so please RSVP only if you will definitely be coming to the event, and update your RSVP if your plans change and you can no longer come. The event will also be live streamed and if you are planning to join the livestream then please do not RSVP so that spaces are freed-up for those attending in person. Thanks!