- ProductTank Presents: Choose Your Own Adventure Roundtable
Join ProductTank Chicago for a night of networking and intimate discussion on some popular product management topics. In a participant driven format, we will have several roundtables set up where small groups can gather for discussion on the various topics. Our topics for this session will be: 1. How to build a product team 2. How do you prioritize? 3. Product Horror Stories - Key takeaways from what didn't work 4. How to achieve product-market fit - Bridging the gap between customer and product Each roundtable will have a discussion lead, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions and stories to share. Attendees can choose to spend the evening at a single roundtable, or move around to join the discussion at a variety of tables. Food and drink will be provided! Agenda: 6:00pm - 6:30pm Check-in and Networking 6:30pm - 8:00pm Discussion Roundtables
- AI and Machine Learning for Product Managers - A Primer
As a product manager, how do you plan for, design and build great products using Machine Learning? In 2018, a majority of the success stories in AI come from the largest tech leaders of the industry (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Baidu, Apple, Amazon). Like most waves of technology the enthusiasm is great, and several companies are now either creating or thinking about their AI strategy. As product managers, how do you prepare for this wave? Narrative Science (https://narrativescience.com),in Chicago has been a pioneer in building AI products. Mauro Mujica-Parodi III , the Head of Product at Narrative Science - will share his insights on how product managers can use machine learning and AI to build better products. He will talk about using machine learning in building products and also about building purely AI-based products. Speaker bios: Jim Witte, Senior Product Manager, Relativity As a Senior Product Manager on Relativity’s Product Team, Jim’s areas of focus include both Analytics and Review. Jim has over 8 years of software product management experience in numerous fields including automotive, financial services, and eDiscovery. Mauro Mujica-Parodi, Narrative Science, VP of Product As Vice President of Product, Mauro leads the Product Management and Design functions, and is responsible for Narrative Science’s product strategy as well as overseeing the product portfolio. Additionally, he oversees its "Incubator" - a cross-functional team dedicated to exploring innovative technology and ideas that will propel its customers forward. Prior to joining Narrative Science, Mauro spent several years working for McKinsey & Company in their banking practice as well as serving as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mauro earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BA from Georgetown University. Agenda • 5:45 - 6:15 : Networking • 6:15 to 6:30 : PT Intro • 6:30 - 6:50 : Presentation by Jim Witte, Senior Product Manager, Relativity • 6:50 - 7:30 : Using AI/ML in Product Management ( by Mauro Mujica-Parodi) and Q&A • Networking and Wrap up by 8:15 Venue Details Relativity (Formerly kCura) 8th Floor, 231 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60604 **All attendees will need to bring a valid I.D. to check in and no walk ins will be permitted**
- World Product Day Panel - How do companies innovate and build new products?
Join us on World Product Day (http://worldproductday.com/) to hear from some of Chicago's product leaders. The panel will discuss how companies of various sizes foster innovation and build new products. They will also share various strategies & approaches used, what worked well for them and what did not. Expect a lively discussion and Q&A with the panel! Panelists: - Dan Chuparkoff [Moderator] : Director of Product, Healthcare Analytics at McKinsey & Company, https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuparkoff/ - Sirisha Gorjala : Head of Product Management, Financial Planning Software, Morningstar, https://www.linkedin.com/in/sirisha-gorjala-4b76b99/ - Yuri Frank Maxwell Malina : Co-founder, VP of Product at SwipeSense, Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/in/yurimalina/ - Caitlin Fitzharris, Director of Product Management, Signal, https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-fitzharris-a175459/ Event Schedule: • 5:30pm to 6:00pm - Networking w/ Pizza & Non-Alcoholic Beverages • 6:00pm to 7:30pm - Panel Discussion • 7:30pm to 8:00pm - Networking & Wrap Up For those interested in joining the event virtually via live stream, join us here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/208299553146531/
- Metrics that Matter : Measuring Product Growth and Success
Measuring the success of your product is no easy feat. Every Product Manager strives towards a successful product, and success isn't always easy to benchmark. A few questions that must be answered when building your products - What makes a product great? What are the most intuitive and meaningful measures of product success? How does product success get measured across organizations (Start-ups vs an Enterprise)? Join us for the first Product Tank Chicago meetup in 2018! In this session, we'll have speakers diving deep into what has worked for them in the past, KPIs they currently use to measure their products, and new trends. Speakers, Dimple Rao - Sr. Director, Product, FTD Companies Greg Kohut - Senior Product Manager, Digital Authority Partners Kevin Marvinac - Product Manager, ShipBob, Inc. Jordan Skole - Product Marketing, ActiveCampaign Agenda: • 5:45-6:20PM - Networking / Food + Beverages • 6:20-6:30PM - Intro by Product Tank Chicago • 6:30-7:30PM - Speaker Presentations + Q&A • 7:30-8:00PM - Networking
- ProductTank Workshop: Discover Your Value Stream!
We're thrilled to be able to run another ProductTank Chicago Workshop! This time, we'll be focused on mapping the customer journey through value streams. So, you already get the Lean Startup concept: MVPs, experiments, validation accounting, Leap of Faith Assumption. But, how do you know what test? What to measure? Where to focus? Your value stream is comprised of all the activities your business must do succeed in the market. Each of your customer segments goes through a set of states from first becoming "Aware" of your product through (hopefully) becoming "Passionate". Value Stream Discovery helps you define your customer’s entire journey — from their perspective and yours. It helps you understand where to focus to have the biggest impact and establishes a dashboard to measure your progress. In this session, we'll explore real world case studies and discuss how value streams are used to create impact. Splitting time between instruction and building your own value streams as a team, there will be ample opportunity to pick up or brush up on this valuable toolset and network with other great Chicago product people. As with the previous workshop, this meetup will be limited to a maximum number of attendees due to workshop format constraints. See you there! Agenda: • 6:00 - 6:45pm - Networking / Food + Beverages • 6:45 - 7:00pm - Intro by ProductTank Chicago + ActiveCampaign • 7:00 - 8:00pm - Discovery Your Value Stream Workshop by Pam Krengel • 8:00 - 9:00pm - Wrap / Networking This workshop will be run by Pam Krengel, a local Chicago ProductTank member and Principal at Moves The Needle. She's founded a successful startup and served as a strategist and mentor for several Fortune 500 companies like Cardinal Health, Ecolab, AES, Conseco, Inc. and Eli Lilly & Company resulting in breakthrough digital products. She also works closely with leaders at companies like Anheuser-Busch, Kraft Foods, and PepsiCo to empower leaders to create a more passionate customer bases, enable their core teams to move faster, be more agile and create new value with less risk.
- ProductTank Workshop: Prioritization
Join ProductTank Chicago for their first-ever ProductTank Workshop! The format will be different than our usual panel, and instead will be a team-based exercise around prioritization. Step out of your day-to-day and come learn from other product people as you collaborate on prioritization tactics for an extremely exciting, extremely made-up hot new company on the Chicago tech scene. Be prepared to get your creative juices flowing as you and your team whiteboard, Sharpie, and sticky note your way to a prioritized backlog that your team will then discuss with the larger group. While this is a new format for ProductTank Chicago, you can expect the same great networking experience, sponsored and hosted by Pivotal. Note that due to the unique format of this event, we'll be limited to a maximum of 50 participants. See you there! Agenda • 6:00 - 6:30pm : Networking / Food + Beverages • 6:30 - 6:45pm : Intro by ProductTank Chicago + Pivotal • 6:45 - 8:15pm : Prioritization Workshop/Exercise • 8:15 - 9:00pm : Networking and Wrap
- Mind the Product SF Recap
Join us for an informal product meetup to recap the Mind The Product - San Francisco conference that took place in June. Mind The Product, the parent org for Chicago ProductTank, is a global organization for product people and their San Francisco conference is the world's largest product-focused conference. We will have a few speakers from your local Chicago ProductTank community recapping and sharing their thoughts on a few of the talks given at Mind the Product San Francisco. Come hear their takeaways and how they are applying the learnings in their day-to-day. As always, we'll have great conversation with other Chicago product people and drinks, hosted by Arity. See you there! Agenda • 6:00-6:45PM - Networking / Food + Beverages • 6:45-7:00PM - Intro by Product Tank Chicago + Arity • 7:00-8:00PM - MTP Recap Presentations & Discussion • 8:00-9:00PM - Networking
- Minimum Viable Products and You
We talk about MVP's, but sometimes they don't work. You don't always have time to come back to the product, and it stays an MVP -- and it's maybe too "M" to sustain that way. What do you do? How do you ensure you've got the cycles to come back to something, and if you can't ensure that, how do you build something robust enough to stand on it own for a while if need be? And, heck, do you even do MVP's? People focus so hard on ship, but is it better to hunker down and get something right? What signals would tell you that? In this meetup we will have three speakers present their personal viewpoints on MVPs. Agenda • 6:00-6:45PM - Networking / Food + Beverages • 6:45-7:00PM - Intro by Product Tank Chicago • 7:00-8:00PM - Lightning Presentations + Q&A • 8:00-9:00PM - Networking Speakers • Regan Davis - Vice President, Product - Jellyvision (https://www.jellyvision.com/) Regan is the VP of Product at Jellyvision. There he helps engineers and artists build ALEX, your jokey, interactive best friend helping you choose your employee benefits. Previously, he was the head of product at info.com (http://info.com/), where he helped them build adtech and categorize over 5 billion search terms (yes, even the naughty ones). • Erika Warren - Vice President, Product - Wyzant (https://www.wyzant.com/) Erika has more than 10 years experience working with consumer products, and is passionate about creating excellent product and service experiences for users. Prior to joining Wyzant in 2014, Erika oversaw diner-facing technology as a member of the Grubhub product team. • Shay Howe - Vice President, Product - Yello (https://yello.co/) As a product designer and manager, Shay (https://link.nylas.com/link/3kmltlgbcdj25s4eihsnas6p8/local-518fe780-da2b/0?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fshayhowe.com%2F&r=amVuQGdldGJyYWludHJlZS5jb20=) has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products. He specializes in product design, interface development, and organizational leadership, areas in which he regularly writes and speaks about. Currently, he is the VP of Product at Yello (https://link.nylas.com/link/3kmltlgbcdj25s4eihsnas6p8/local-518fe780-da2b/1?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fyello.co%2F&r=amVuQGdldGJyYWludHJlZS5jb20=), helping companies deliver the ultimate hiring experience. Elsewhere, he is a co-founder of Lead Honestly (https://link.nylas.com/link/3kmltlgbcdj25s4eihsnas6p8/local-518fe780-da2b/2?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fleadhonestly.com%2F&r=amVuQGdldGJyYWludHJlZS5jb20=) and Chicago Camps, partner at Prota Ventures, board member at DESIGNATION, and author of "Learn to Code HTML and CSS." RSVP now to receive all the updates about the event
- Coffee Talk
Join your fellow Product Tankers Wednesday, April 12th to connect and chat over coffee! We'd like the community to continue to stay connected with a more intimate event. The meetup will be held at the Braintree offices. Coffee and breakfast items will be provided. Attendance will be capped at 30. Agenda • 8:30-9:30AM - Networking + Breakfast RSVP now to receive all the updates about the event
- Leveling Up Your PM Career
One of the best things about being a product manager is, there’s no defined track to success! One of the most challenging things about being a product manager is, there’s no defined track to success! PMs come from all backgrounds; operations, QA, engineering, design, business analysis. Come hear about the journeys of senior product leaders and take away strategies that you can employ in your career development path. Questions like: • Should you take coding classes? • What about pursuing an MBA? • How do you identify and foster a mentor-mentee relationship? From year two to year ten, there will be something for you. Agenda • 6:00-6:30PM - Networking / Food + Beverages • 6:30-6:45PM - Intro by Product Tank Chicago • 6:45-8:00PM - Lightning Presentations + Q&A • 8:00-9:00PM - Networking Speakers • Matt Esler - Director, Global Product - Expedia (https://www.expedia.com/) Matt Esler has been in product for the last 8 years with a focus on mobile apps and responsive web experiences. He's work for brands like the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orbitz and now is a product director at Expedia. At Expedia, Matt is in charge of delivering a world class experience for their lodging customers. • Jen Busenbark - Director, Product Management - Braintree Payments (http://www.braintreepayments.com) Jen is currently a Director of Product at Braintree Payments, helping businesses of all sizes to accept payments to help maximize business opportunities. As the first Product Manager for Braintree, Jen has had the unique opportunity to evolve a product from pre-beta payment processor to a global payments solution used by companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Dropbox. Her expertise has helped design Braintree’s processes including planning, building, testing, launching and just about everything else pertaining to software delivery. Jen was able to help scale the product organization to over 20 Product Managers, establishing best practices and processes along the way that have enabled the team to continue to push for the best product experiences. Prior to joining Braintree in 2009, Jen spent 9 years as a consultant for ThoughtWorks, a global IT consulting company, helping clients build products in industries such as leasing, insurance, and online auctions. • Subha Sriram - Director of Product - ReviewTrackers (http://www.reviewtrackers.com/) Subha has over 18 years of experience in software development, product delivery, client relationship, staffing, product management and agile coaching. Through her life as a software consultant, she has navigated through projects in the leasing, finance, e-commerce, non-profit, education and more recently SaaS product development. She believes in technology and its possibilities as much as she believes in people and their ability to push technology to its limits. Subha also enjoys cooking for her family, spending time with her triplet children and taking long walks when the weather is good.