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ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product People in Brighton to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. Events include talks from guest speakers on topics around product management, networking opportunities, and a good old-fashioned chin-wag over a beer or two. We're open to companies big and small. We also welcome early-stage technology businesses looking to learn how to get their ideas off the ground. We also have a blog and encourage the community to get engaged by commenting on or writing new posts for http://www.mindtheproduct.com Finally, check out our annual conference in London - Mind the Product

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Prioritisation

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Prioritisation, the mention of the word is enough to send a shiver down even the most experienced Product Manager’s spine. Which framework - MoSCoW, Kano, CEO? At our next ProductTank Brighton meetup we have two product experts to help guide us through this thorny topic.

What is the plan?

  • 6pm - Doors open, drinks & pizza
  • 7pm - 7:30pm - Susana Lopes - Navigating the Twilight Zone
  • 7:30pm - 7:45pm - Break
  • 7:45pm - 8:15pm - Matt LeMay - Taking a Bite of the Layer Cake

Who is speaking?

Susana Lopes (Director of Product, Onfido)
Susana will be focusing on the weird space between Founder/CEO lead product and having the first product leader. Susana will cover frameworks and techniques to help navigate these two modes of working, for individual contributors but also people who have been promoted to be the first product leader.

Susana is a Product Coach who helps founders and leaders in early stage businesses, develop and scale high performing product orgs. She coaches Product Managers to accelerate their growth and multiply their impact. And advises leaders on product org design, goal setting, and product vision.

At Onfido, she’s a Director of Product focused on fighting Identity Fraud. There she grew the Biometrics line of business from zero to over $30 million revenue a year.

Matt LeMay (Product leader and author of ‘Product Management in Practice’)

When I started coaching product managers and teams, my guidance on prioritisation was simple: “The more straightforward and actionable your goals are, the easier your prioritisation process will be.” Several years later, I’ve come to believe that product managers and teams will rarely, if ever, find themselves with a straightforward and actionable set of goals to prioritise against. Instead, they’ll often find themselves navigating a messy and contradictory layer cake of company “goals”, “initiatives”, “strategies”, “OKRs”, team and domain-level “goals”, as well as product-level KPIs and personal aspirations. In this talk, I’ll share some guidance for taking the best possible bite you can out of that big, messy layer cake, and share a few of the particular cakes I have encountered most often in my work with product organisations big and small. Bon appétit!

Matt LeMay is an internationally recognised product leader and author of Agile for Everybody (O’Reilly Media, 2018) and Product Management in Practice (Second Edition O'Reilly Media, 2022). Matt has helped build and scale product management practices at companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, and has worked with companies like Mailchimp, Google, Spotify, and Audible. Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product at Bitly. Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.

Introduction and questions will be coming from James Mayes, formerly co-founder and CEO of MindTheProduct. James is now supporting the integration of MTP into new parent company Pendo following the acquisition earlier this year. He now operates as an evangelist for the value of good product management everywhere!

Who is our sponsor?
https://prodpad.com
Beer, wine, drinks, pizza and hosting kindly provided by ProdPad

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Please note that this is a in person only meet-up and not a hybrid event. We will have limited capacity so please keep your RSVP up to date if you can't make it.

A couple of other things to note, given that we are above the shops, there are a few flights of stairs to get up, let us know if you have any accessibility issues. Also, we’re a dog friendly office so if anyone has an allergies or phobias again let us know.

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