Inaugural NoVA ProductTank Meetup - Reston

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12120 Sunset Hills Road

#650 · Reston, VA

How to find us

Take the elevator to floor C & follow the signs

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Come meet fellow Product People at the inaugural meet up of the NoVA ProductTank. Network with colleagues, enjoy drinks and food from our sponsor Perfect Sense and hear from well-known influencer Steve Johnson.

Brief Agenda:
6:00 Check in, network and nosh!
6:30 Welcome, introductions, and announcements.
6:40 Speaker Steve Johnson
7:25ish QnA
7:35 Wrap up, networking, more noshing!

During the networking we'll have some fun interactive stations to engage with that will help us shape this MeetUp going forward! Come with your ideas and be ready to contribute!

Our Topic for the night will be: Maybe We Should Be Problem Managers or, What is (and isn’t) product management?

Product Management is one of the most exciting—and most misunderstood—functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness.

- A better metaphor for product manager
- Is the product manager a "mini-CEO"?
- A simple tool to profile product management activities

In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduced a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others.

Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

About Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson is an author, speaker, and strategist within the technology product community.

At Under10 Playbook, he helps product teams implement the latest methods for today’s business environments.

We look forward to seeing you in August!