- The SKYPaws Story
Join us as GVL hosts Brianna (Chief Medical Officer) and Stephanie (CEO) of SKYPaws, a startup that is designing a wireless monitoring device for animals that measures ECG, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. The device allows veterinarians to remotely access their patients' vitals in real time. SKYPaws has won several startup pitch sessions and will share their product story with the group. Networking from 5:30-6:00 Content from 6:00-7:00 Food and Drink will be provided.
- The Definition of "Done" with Brenda Peshak
Brenda Peshak, Product Owner at John Deere/Source Allies, will speak about how to know when a feature or product is "done". "As a product owner, I hear a lot of keywords thrown around in the Agile Development process; Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Minimum Marketable Product (MMP), and Minimum Marketable Feature (MMF) just to name a few. As a product team, how do you really know when good is good enough or as I like to say 'done'?" Note: lunch will be provided!
- Special Guests: Jeff Patton & Archie Miller
Jeff Patton connects product management with strategy, lean UX, and agile delivery practices. He has written numerous articles and the book User Story Mapping (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033851.do). As an independent consultant with a unique teaching and speaking style, he uses drawings and engaging storytelling to share his passion for product design. Archie Miller is the team manager for product design at CarMax. As a discovery discipline lead, he helps shape the discovery methodologies to uncover customer needs. Archie has developed a curriculum to level up skills across all product teams. His emphasis on tracing business solutions back to real customer needs defines his work. More on Jeff and Archie http://www.jpattonassociates.com/about-jeff-patton/ http://www.carmaxdigital.com/archie-miller/ Food and Drink We'll enjoy pizza and drinks supplied by our hosts at Workiva. Schedule 5:30 – 6:00 Mingling 6:00 – 7:00 Content 7:00-?? Networking, tours of Workiva's campus (optional) This is a partner event with Experience UX.
- The Unpredictable Journey to Product
There is no straight line to a product role. Join us as we gather a panel of product professionals to share their journey to product and take our questions about career paths to and within product.
- August 2018 Product Tank Meetup - Lessons Learned in Product Management II
Announcing our next Des Moines/Ames Product Tank Meetup! This Meetup will continue the theme from our last Meetup: "Lessons learned in product management". We will hear from local product people as they tell us their stories. What went well, what didn't go well, and what did you learn from the experience? This is all about real hard-earned experience, not about Product Management Theory. Note: We still need an additional speaker or two. No prep needed, just a real world story with a real world lesson learned. Shooting for 10-15 minutes per story. Reach out to myself ([masked]) or Winston Chappell ([masked]) if you can help out. Hosted by BirdDogHR. 5:30-6:00 mingling time 6:00-7:00 content Food and drink will be provided.
- June 2018 Product Tank Meetup - Lessons Learned in Product Management
You won't want to miss our next Des Moines/Ames Product Tank Meetup! The theme for the night will be "Lessons learned in product management". We will hear from local product people as they tell us their stories. What went well, what didn't go well, and what did you learn from the experience? This is all about real hard-earned experience, not about Product Management Theory. Note: We still need an additional speaker or two. No prep needed, just a real world story with a real world lesson learned. Shooting for 10-15 minutes per story. Reach out to myself ([masked]) or Winston Chappell ([masked]) if you can help out. 5:30-6:00 mingling time 6:00-7:00 content Drinks and pizza will be provided.
- Innovation Delivered - Jeff Ivany: Pillar Technology's VP of Digital Experience
Our next ProductTank will be hosted and sponsored by Granular at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston. Thanks to Matt Crawford, Director of Product Management, for his hospitality. Our Topic: In a recent poll, more than 70% of CEOs listed innovation as one of their top three areas of focus. Yet, only 16% believe their companies are better innovators than their peers. It seems everyone wants their companies, their teams, and their people to be more innovative, but few know how to get it done. Join Jeff Ivany, Pillar Technology's VP of Digital Experience in a conversation about how Pillar leverages Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile to accelerate valuable business ideas from inception to implementation. Business Analysts, UX professionals, and Product Managers will benefit from this discussion (so would most Technology and Business leaders), and take away some big ideas to accelerate your own company's innovation initiatives. The Format: As usual, we will have networking/mingling time from 5:30-6:00, with the presentation beginning at 6:00. Dinner and beverages will be provided. https://www.granular.ag https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-crawford-338b744b https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffivany
- ProductTank Meetup - Examining the Product Owner Role
Join us for our next Des Moines/Ames Product Tank Meetup! As with everything else related to agile, the nature of the Product Owner role, and whether it is needed at all, depends a great deal on context. As teams discover this, it leads to some common questions: What do Product Owners Really Do? Do we even need Product Owners? Join Kent McDonald to examine the Product Owner role and attempt to answer the above questions. He’ll share his experiences and give you a chance to share your perspectives with each other. By the end of the session, you’ll have more insight into the Product Owner role and how it applies (or not) to your situation. This includes an understanding of common organizational models for product owners (including what part of the organization they fit in), how to determine appropriate product ownership responsibilities for your situation, and whether you need Product Owners to have successful product ownership. More info on this talk: https://www.kbp.media/go/product-owner/ Kent is a writer and product manager who helps product people deliver powerful internal products. He has IT and product development experience in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, nonprofit, and automotive. Kent practices his craft as Content Curator at Agile Alliance and shares his ideas and experiences at kbp.media (https://www.kbp.media/). When not writing or product managing, Kent is his family’s #ubersherpa, listens to jazz and podcasts (but not necessarily podcasts about jazz), and collects national parks. Kent is author of Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset and co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility. 5:30-6:00 mingling time 6:00-7:00 content Drinks and food will be provided.
- Q3 Product Tank Meetup - Working in Heist Teams
Join us as we kick off the first Des Moines/Ames Product Tank Meetup! We will have a conversation about what we would like to get from this Meetup in the future, network a bit, and hear from two speakers. Brandon Carlson (linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bcarlso/)) from Lean TECHniques (http://www.leantechniques.co/) will give a talk called "Product Managers are not Order Takers," and give us his thoughts about how Product Managers should work to keep a longer view of our customer's needs. Matt Keller (linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-keller-8abb8a/)) from Workiva (http://www.workiva.com/) will share the results of a year-long experiment in which work was organized into "Missions" tackled by "Heist Teams," rather than traditional sprints. 5:30-6:00 mingling time 6:00-7:00 content Drinks and pizza will be provided.