- ProductTank May: Power Skills
What are you doing to level up? Join us to learn about the most difficult part of being a product manager - power skills. From delivering a message the way your audience wants to negotiating tricky prioritization issues, power skills are all about how well you manage your interaction with people. We're bringing in some experts on humans to share with us their tips! Doors open at 17:30 for registration, drinks, and food Due to venue limitations, please do not arrive before 17:30. Program starts at 18:00 Our speakers: Jennifer Brown, CMO of Decisions Jennifer’s career in communications and marketing spans 15 years, working with early-stage startups, along with some of the biggest brands in the United States and around the world. Currently, she’s the CMO at Decisions, a Norwegian-based meeting management software solution. Jennifer drives the company’s go-to-market strategy and execution, including sales strategy, digital marketing, customer profiling and more. Ingrid Reime, Interaction Designer, Schibsted Ingrid thought she was going to be an illustrator, but in Art school found strategy more interesting than style, collaboration more interesting than solitude, technology more liberating than paper and working with journalist more interesting than clients. After filling her student loan with finding this path to UX design, she found her place as a Concept Developer in digital media and is now Design Lead in Aftenposten. Edith Isdal, Senior Service Designer, Idean Edith always knew she wanted to work with creative problem solving - she holds a BA in Architecture, an MA in Industrial Design and a MA in Service / interaction design. Her first job title at the University of Oslo was «Head Engineer» so she usually jokes about take two and get one for free. She has more than 10 years experience working creatively and multidisciplinary in large established businesses and organisations in Europe and in Asia. This event is generously sponsored by Bakken & Bæck AS.
- ProductTank April - Evening Unconference!
Maybe it's because it's spring and something's in the air... We've decided to go off-format this evening for a 2-hour unconference session. If you've been to our half-day unconferences before, the concept is similar, but the duration is shorter. Each session will have 1-2 speaking slots, proposed by YOU. Think and prepare some of these in advance--please feel free to contact us if you want some guidance. These speaking slots could be talks, discussions (e.g. Topics you're interested in facilitating in discussion), case studies (projects/features you're working on and need help with), or workshops. Come and propose your talks the day of and pitch your sessions. We'll have cables for your computers should you need them! The evening will look something like this: 18:00 - 18:10 - Introduction 18:10 - 18:15 - Pitches 18:20 - 18:45 - Session one 18:45 - 18:50 - Break 18:50 - 19:15 - Session two 19:15 - 19:20 - Break 19:20 - 19:45 - Session three 19:45 - 19:55 - Wrap up Registration begins at 17.30. Spaces are limited for this event.
- Product Tank March: Learning to learn!
The most important skill a Product Manager can have, is knowing how to learn. At its heart, product management is about having endless curiousity about all the aspects of a given product. From markets to customers to technology to pricing to culture - how well you do as a product manager, depends on how quickly you learn new topics (and how persistent you are in learning!) This March at ProductTank Oslo, our speakers will take a look at their own learning experiences and share tips on how you can be a more efficient learner of all the things you need. Doors open at 17:30 for registration, drinks and pizza Program starts at 18:00 Our Speakers: Bojana Milasinovic from Tomra will be speaking about how to learn about new cultures. Bojana moved from Serbia to Norway to work in Telenor Digital, where she was running business operations for Wowbox app. Learning about new cultures, user behaviors and obsessive diving into data helped in adapting successful Bangladeshi product to fit Pakistan and Myanmar markets. Bojana has M.Sc. of Computer Science and an MBA and is currently working in Tomra as a Business Manager for Consumer Services across their international footprint. Tarald Trønnes from DOGA is going to address how mindsets impact how you learn. Tarald is an electrical engineer by education, but since his first job in Nokia he's been sailing across multiple disciplines. For more than 15 years, he has been advising companies internationally on sales and marketing, strategic marketing, branding, customer experience, and now design. As a lifelong learner, he will enthusiastically reflect on how your mindset can influence your learning. John Aurtande from Creuna will be talking about learning in complex situations. John is a key resource advising on complex branding challenges for Creuna’s clients. He has more than 15 years experience in brand building, communications, business development and market research. Previously he worked for Innovation Norway and Visit Norway promoting Norway as a tourist destination. He has also worked as a market researcher in London with brands such as Sky, Nokia, Heinz and ITV. He holds a MSc in Sociology and a BSc in International Marketing. We'd like to thank Creuna for sponsoring this month!
- ProductTank Feb: A Day in the Life of a Product Manager
Planning some 2019 PM Goals? Take a tip or two (or three or four...) from our February speakers. This month, we bring three speakers to tell us about their everyday work as product managers. What are some of the daily challenges and functions of this role? What ways of work work best for them? The role of a PM takes many forms across different teams, organisations, and levels. We bring you two interesting cases to learn about from companies here in Norway: “User research as a team effort in Peil” - Geir Larsen and Veronica Heltne, Schibsted "Building actionable strategy" - Swati Sharma, Telenor Norway. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Geir Larsen, Schibsted Geir Larsen is Product Manager for Peil, a news app from VG. He has many years of experience from several roles within VG and Schibsted. Veronica Heltne, Schibsted Veronica Heltne has been working with digital products for 18 years, as in-house web developer and UX consultant, before joining Schibsted as a UX Research Lead for Peil in 2017. She´s now the Head of UX for Publishing Next, an experimental hub in Schibsted focused on finding and building new independent businesses. Swati Sharma, Telenor Norway Swati is heading one of the digital product development groups in Telenor Norway. This group focuses on families and organizing needs, and has a range of products including Min Familie and Min Fotball. Prior to this role she worked in product management on different products across countries in both Europe and Asia. In her free time she likes to read and go for hikes. This event is proudly sponsored by Schibsted Media.
- Product Tank November - Retros & Planning
Let's learn by doing! We've reached the end of the year and are using this time to look back on how we can make next year even better for the Oslo product community. We'll teach you three methods to run retrospectives using ProductTank Oslo as our subject: - Triple L: like, learned, lacked - Popcorn ball - Derivation As part of the process, we would like only those who have attended at least one Product Tank in the past year to join us. First timers, please wait for February when we'll be back with new content ready for you. Lisa Long, founder of Before You Code and former VP of Product Management & Innovation at Telenor, will be leading the workshops. This event is proudly sponsored by Before You Code.
- ProductTank October: Influencing and building product vision & strategy
Previously we’ve explored topics around user research, prioritization, building the right product and customer centric innovation. In this ProductTank event, we will take it a step further. How do you incorporate feedback loops into product development? How do you create product vision and strategy? To help you through this, we have put together an amazing line-up of speakers, who will share their insights on these topics. Speakers * Elisabeth Barrie, Product at Vipps * Espen Sundve, Product at Kolonial * Arnstein Teigene, Product at Documaster This event will be hosted & sponsored by Vipps
- ProductTank September: Jobs to be Done
Over a period of time technology evolves creating new ways of fulfilling customer needs. But in this transition, the underlying need of the user remains the same - that is the key to customer centric innovation. At this ProductTank event, we will focus on the tenet of ‘Jobs to be done’ (JTBD). JTBD is a popular framework addressing customer-centric innovation exploring further how to find the right problem to solve. It was widely publicized by leading practitioners like Clayton Christensen from Harvard Business School and Tony Ulwick the founder of Strategyn, an innovation consulting firm. Janet Bumpas: Janet comes from Silicon Valley where she was part of three startups: one went public, one was acquired by eBay/PayPal, and one crashed and burned. She has lived in the Netherlands for three years now. Currently, she is the Program Director at ScaleUpNation working with corporates and entrepreneurs helping them to scale their businesses. Previously, she was a Managing Director working for Startupbootcamp and Innoleaps. In addition to launching new products, Janet has consulted many of the world’s leading organizations on growth and profitability strategies. After receiving her MBA, she worked at The Boston Consulting Group, advising Fortune 100 companies. Janet has also spent time at Strategyn, helping clients with customer centric innovation. After moving to Silicon Valley, she worked at Razorfish as a Senior Strategist. Finally, Janet has extensive experience in international development (a.o., World Health Organization, the Health, Nutrition, and Population team of the World Bank, and TechnoServe). Sponsor: This event will be generously sponsored by Applause. Applause is delighted to be a part of September's ProductTank. As a crowdtesting company, Applause talks and works day by day with a wide range of product people with different needs and challenges. So far Applause experienced meetups as a great opportunity to exchange on product-related topics and to be part of a community that wants to create better performing digital products. With the trust of over 300.000+ members in their testing community uTest, Applause empowers companies of all sizes to deliver great digital experiences (DX) – across web, mobile and IoT as well as brick-and-mortar – spanning every customer touchpoint. Learn more at http://www.applause.com
- ProductTank August: Building the Right Thing
Welcome back after the summer break! We resume the second half of this year with an event about "Building the right thing!" You've conducted research, gathered insights, synthesised findings--so, what next? With the deluge of information, it can be difficult to know where to start and what to build. We're here to help. We've lined up some all-star speakers for you to share their insights on what it takes to build the right thing. Speakers: 1. Chris Moen Chris is the CEO & co-founder of Teston, a new platform for digital user testing. Previously, he has co-founded the CRO agency Fullstakk Marketing and Nabobil.no the car-sharing platform. 2. Christin Gorman Christin is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker with nearly two decades of hands on experience as a developer in software projects in all stages of production. She's spoken at Product Tank before and she was so entertaining and informative that we invited her back to share more wisdom! She'll speak about "Setting Yourself Up for Failure" 3. James Micklethwait Prior to joining Kahoot! as VP Products, James led product and strategy development for some of the UK’s biggest consumer brands including BBC, ITV and Rightmove. He relocated with his family to Oslo in 2017 to be part of Kahoot’s extraordinary journey and also to indulge his passion for skiing. He'll be speaking about "Getting it Right" This event will be generously sponsored by Sopra Steria. More on the logistics • When: 17:30 - Monday, Aug 27, 2018 • Where: Sopra Steria
- ProductTank Oslo: Transitioning into product management
Do you wonder how to get into product management? You could be one of the following people who has - Mastered designing user-experience for products - Deep experience in technology and has worked with developers - An understanding of how businesses work and has a knack for strategic thinking In the May edition of Product Tank Oslo, we will bring you insights on how to be a part of this club! So what does it to take the next step into Product Management? What gaps should be plugged to address all aspects of the product management role? What are the do's and don'ts of this journey? Hear from our speakers talk about their experience in transitioning into this demanding role. Speakers: 1) Martin Röver-Parkes is Senior Product Manager at Questback, a global leader in SaaS insight solutions, and responsible for their largest product. Beginning his product journey on the retail shop floor, then progressing across manufacturing, logistics and HR industries, he believes life is as much online as offline – and can often be found exploring places! 2) Therese Nesseth Tørlen is a Product Manager at Working Group Two, a telco startup which builds a unified, open programmable and cloud-based mobile core network - as a platform. She started her career in Telecom by coincidence, but gained experience, exposure, and possibilities from asking the wrong and right questions. For her Product Management is more than technology, specification and prioritization, it is also the people and the fun. 3) Shubham Bhattacharya is a Director of Strategic Portfolio Management at Nagra, a Kudelski Group company - a leading provider of solutions to the media & entertainment industry. He spent the last 5 years in Product Management roles - building products in the B2B2C & B2B space. In his early career in the Smartphone industry, he spent 10 years in a range of roles - from being an individual software developer to leading teams spearheading innovation. In his spare time, he is often found being a paparazzi behind a camera lens. This will be the last event we host before the summer. Like every time, expect food and drinks to drive your energy levels through the evening. Sponsor: Thanks to Bakken & Bæck for generously sponsoring the event and hosting us at their premises. Bakken & Bæck is a digital studio that transforms big ideas into great products and ventures. They help big companies act like small startups, and provide the expertise startups need to launch and scale their business. Bakken & Bæck is looking for Product Managers. Know more at http://bit.ly/2HQzRz5 There's more to this event! There is something special about the event this May. 'Mind The Product' will celebrate "World Product Day" across the globe - with Product Tank events being hosted in 90+ cities across the globe (http://worldproductday.com)
- ProductTank Oslo - Getting testing right
Criss cross will make you... need to test a lot (lot!). The wide array of device offerings may be great for consumers, but it means as product managers, we need structured and comprehensive approaches when it comes to product testing. In this April meetup, we have Torkjel Austad from Kahoot coming to talk about cross-platform experiences and testing. Afterward, we will host a testing workshop, focusing on user stories and acceptance criteria. Securing quality across devices/Cross-platform experiences: How Kahoot approaches holistic testing Getting the product quality right in the fragmented user world gets harder each year. There are more new devices, operating systems, and user scenarios to be covered. It is not only enough to tackle these challenges but also it is important to have a process which is flexible and scalable in approach that can be integrated into the fast-paced agile development cycle. Kahoot will outline some typical challenges when it comes to implementation of testing across devices/cross-platform experiences in an agile environment and shows how those can be solved. Speaker: Torkjel Austad, QA Lead (Kahoot) A true Norwegian tech darling, Torkjel has worked with the nation's biggest tech stars, from Opera Software, to Tidal (Wimp), and now Kahoot. His broad experience in quality assurance led him to senior positions training both QA managers and PMs. This event is generously sponsored by Applause. Applause is delighted to be a part of April's ProductTank. As a crowdtesting company, Applause talks and works day by day with a wide range of product people with different needs and challenges. So far Applause experienced meetups as a great opportunity to exchange on product-related topics and to be part of a community that wants to create better performing digital products. With the trust of over 300.000+ members in their testing community uTest, Applause empowers companies of all sizes to deliver great digital experiences (DX) – across web, mobile and IoT as well as brick-and-mortar – spanning every customer touchpoint. Learn more at http://www.applause.com