• ProductTank Exeter - World Product Day!

    City Gate

    We hope youโ€™re as excited as we are for World Product Day (WPD). Coming together locally and globally with ProductTanks across the country (and world) seems fitting for this day. Please come along and join us at City Gate on Wednesday 15th May at 6pm. We have a fun evening planned to mark WPD and are offering something a little different to the usual meetups. Dress code: well, clothing of your choice, but a hat is compulsory! Please bring the most creative ๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽฉ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿงขโ›‘ you can think of that symbolises you in your Product roleโ€ฆWeโ€™ll even be dishing out prizes!๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ… Order of events: 6:00pm: Introduction and Chat ๐Ÿ‘‹ Hats donned, time to meet & greet 7:00pm: The Eveningโ€™s Talk โ€“ ๐ŸŽค 10 Ways to Ruin Your Product A light-hearted look at some of the things to not do if you want to be an all star product manager of an awesome product or service (partly inspired by my own...mishaps). Talk by Tim Platt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothydplatt/ Tim is a product manager with 8 years experience working on digital customer experiences in the financial services and healthcare industry. He is the co-founder of www.productmanagerclub.com and co-organiser of the East Midlands Product Tank. In his spare time he can be found developing iOS apps and neglecting his house plants. @7:30pm: ProductTank Quiz ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿบโœ What could be better?! Here weโ€™ll take a quick break for everyone to grab a drink etc., to then be taken on a journey by Thor Mitchell for the BEST (or only) ProductTank Pub Quiz youโ€™ll ever experience! @8:00pm: The Hat Winner Ceremony ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‘ Prize giving and general applause for "best in show" As usual, weโ€™ll be getting a bite to eat and a drink afterwards so do join us for this.๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿป See you then and donโ€™t forget to bring your hat! ๐Ÿ’‚โ€โ™€๏ธ --- Travel info; By ๐Ÿš—: Harlequins council car park is closest and conveniently free from 6pm ๐Ÿ˜€ By ๐Ÿšˆ: Exeter Central train station is a five minute walk from City Gate

  • ProductTank Exeter #2 - Freelancing, Discovery, and Simplification!

    Come join us at City Gate in Exeter on the 4th April for our first speaker led meetup! In addition to the three great talks listed below, we'll be revealing our plans for World Product Day, and reviewing the results of our member survey. So if you haven't had a chance to fill in the survey yet, please have at it! ๐Ÿ‘‡ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqLyQ3dA8YRBWf8_apzPW2miz7Sq9czFKA50BDi91XPAf8SQ/viewform We're grateful for the support of our sponsor, Venture Harbour. They will be doing user research on their latest app Serene (http://sereneapp.com/), so do come meet them, test their new app and network from 6pm. ๐Ÿš— There's parking nearby at the Harlequins council car park, which is conveniently free from 6pm. ๐Ÿ˜€ --- Stephanie Potter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/potterstephanie/ Stephanie is a freelance product manager, with previous consulting experience at a wide variety of organisations including Tandem Money, The British Red Cross, and Travelex. ๐ŸŽค Freelance product management: a survival guide The contract market for product managers and leaders can be boom or bust, very often for no discernible reason. Freelancers are also a rare breed, with many returning to a permanent role when the market gets tough. Whether you're thinking about going self-employed or curious how to sustain a contracting career, find out how to get work, what it's like being the newbie all the time, how to stay sane when all your leads go dead, and most importantly how to enjoy the time off! Alastair Lee: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alastairlee/ Alastair is a product management and UX consultant helping organisations agree what to build, for whom and why. He's driven by a desire to make tech work for humans, not the other way around. ๐ŸŽค Doing Discovery: How the best teams decide what to build next As Peter Drucker famously said - "There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency that which should not be done at all". In this talk Alastair provides a simple overview of modern discovery techniques - why, how and when to use them, to ensure your team doesn't fall into this trap. Christian Miccio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christianmiccio/ Christian is the VP Data Product at VEON, an international telco with more than 210 million customers. He recently built a data platform in a challenging regulatory environment across 12 countries, grew an ML-based ad targeting engine serving 500m events a day, bootstrapped a business app market for a large payment processor, and even created his own music tech startup. He started his product career at Google working on Gmail and Google Maps, and in a previous life was an early joiner and tech lead at Shazam. ๐ŸŽค Simple and powerful moments in products Creating simple, magical moments that users can enjoy is everyoneโ€™s goal. Products never start out as such, though. Christian will walk through several examples that started out as convoluted experiences and evolved into simple and powerful moments through a combination of research, analysis and trial-and-error.

  • ProductTank Exeter Begins!

    City Gate

    Hello everyone, Happy New Year! Thank you for the interest in this event and the RSVPs thus far. We're looking forward to seeing you all next week for our first meetup. Please see the event details below for when and where. When: Thursday 17th January @ 6:00pm Timings... 6:00pm light networking, informal hellos 6:30pm talks start 7:00(ish)pm head upstairs for drinks/food for anyone who is interested, we'll certainly be hungry :) Where: City Gate Pub, Exeter (details in the location) - we'll be in the Cellar Bar so please come on in and head downstairs to meet us. See you then! Thanks, Kat, Thor, Dave, Ben