- Pitching to Product People
What better way to put your pitch to the test than presented to a room full of product professionals! As product leaders we often talk about the importance of uncovering the underlying problem before coming up with a solution. But we're not alone. It's also the mantra of anyone giving a business pitch to help convince others of the potential impact of their ideas. So tonight, we're bringing pitchers and product leaders together to help each other better express the value of our ideas! We'll be giving the floor to some of Wellington's most innovative startups to pitch their products and create a safe space to discuss, provide feedback and chat over drinks and nibbles :-) A big thanks to this lot for agreeing to pitch, see you all there. Lane Litz - Chatterize Nick Hearn - Atomic Kyle Webster - Litmaps Alistair McLeay - ThirdWeb and more... LIVE STREAM - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUNjqN8jEgY
- Gibson Biddle: Netflix’s 2020 Product Strategy
In case you missed the chatter on ProductTankNZ Slack (join here - https://join.slack.com/t/producttanknz/shared_invite/zt-4xzjb768-5ecZp~ddEjz96d0rbebuOA)... ProductTank Auckland are hosting Gibson Biddle (previously VP of Product at Netflix) for an online breakfast session, and we've been invited to dial in. Thanks Auckland love your work! This talk introduces three strategy frameworks to enable product leaders to define their product strategy. In this webinar, Gib brings all five frameworks to life, as he presents a mock 2020 product strategy for Netflix. He then shows how strategy influences day-to-day decision-making through two modern Netflix cases, including a special COVID-19 question: Should the company launch “Netflix Party” to enable worldwide members to engage in shared viewing experiences? This will be an interactive experience where you'll get to vote on what Netflix should do! To attend the session, you will need to pre-register. Please use the Zoom link provided and enter your details there to get access. About the speaker: Gibson Biddle joined Netflix as VP of Product in 2005. In 2010 he became the Chief Product Officer of Chegg, a textbook rental and homework help startup that went public in 2014. Today he’s an adviser, speaker and guest lecturer at both Stanford and INSEAD.
- Translating Your Product Strategy into Your Day to Day
Another chance to leave the kitchen office, enjoy some time at your favourite cafe, re-connect with your colleagues and end your working day mingling with your product family! Would love to see some of you joining us at Raygun (thanks Nick and the team!) to hear Jay share his thoughts on bringing product strategy into your every day. A few words from Jay; One of the hardest things about being a Product Manager/Owner is knowing whether we are building, discovering or validating the right things. Having a well thought out and articulated strategy can be your best friend if you know how to use it in your daily routine. One of the most common questions I am asked after either presenting or having been presented a strategy is, "Now what?". How can you prevent a strategy from becoming stale or being seen as something that gets updated every year just as a "tick the box" exercise? I am keen to share my successes (and some failures) and the tips and tricks I have picked up along the way to harness the power of a company or product strategy to excite, align and motivate people. - After years of Project Management, I made the switch to become a Product Manager and I have never looked back. I have been lucky enough in the last seven years to have worked in both a start-up company as the only product representative with a month to month budget to now working for a big multinational SaaS provider with a dedicated product team. My experiences have taught me that while on the surface leading a digital transformation from a physical product portfolio to a digital-first offering and enhancing features of an already successful platform may seem worlds apart, you will find that a key set of principles can set you up for success in any situation. - We will be live streaming and recording the event for those enjoying working from home just a little bit too much :-) Here's the livestream/recording link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wsGRcOirUM
- What No One Told You About Being a Product Leader with Hope Gurion
We're Back! After over 4 months since our last in person meetup, we've smashed the virus, got to Level 1 and are days away from meeting the old fashion way, face to face :-) Don't get me wrong, we've had some great online events too, but I've miss you people! This month we're lucky to have Hope Gurion (https://www.fearless-product.com) join us via video, from sunny San Francisco. Hope specialises in coaching first time product leaders and will share the "top 5" blindspots she's seen many people realise too late. This will be a fascinating conversation for anyone considering a product career, but will equally resonate with those already on the journey and still being blindsided! This session will be an informal chat with Hope, hosted by Tokes, channeling his inner Joe Rogan (or perhaps more Jimmy Fallon, not sure yet) and creating plenty of opportunities for our live audience to join in. If you can't make it in person, we'll be live streaming the event too, join us here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvfvx2Ic-zE -- Hope Gurion has more than 20 years of product management and leadership experience, leading product, design and analytics teams. She founded Fearless Product LLC to serve companies seeking growth through product innovation. She specializes in coaching new product leaders, often from non-product disciplines, to accelerate their confidence and competence. Her “Fearless Product Leadership” podcast series helps new product leaders learn from experienced peers how they tackle some of their toughest responsibilities. Hope has led and coached with more than 50 B2B and B2C product teams in start-up, growth and mature stage companies. Prior to Fearless Product, Hope was CPO at CareerBuilder and SVP, Product Management at Beachbody.
- World Product Day - With John Cutler
For this year's World Product Day celebrations, we've decided to smash down the regional borders and come together across New Zealand for what will likely be the world's first ProductTank event of the day. To mark the occasion, Auckland ProductTank coordinators have worked their magic to bring John Cutler into our screens for an online reflection of his well known feature factory post (https://medium.com/hackernoon/12-signs-youre-working-in-a-feature-factory-44a5b938d6a2). Never short of an opinion, I can't wait to hear from John. Here's what he has to say about this talk. "I pressed 'publish' on 12 Signs You’re Working in a Feature Factory almost three years ago. Someone asked me recently about my “current thinking” on feature factories, so I took advantage of that prompt and gave it some thought. In this talk, I hope to share what I have learned over these three years. No surprise...it's not so simple. What started as a quick list has dominated my work and thinking since." Who is John Cutler? Currently, John is the product evangelist at San Francisco based product analytics software developer Amplitude. He loves wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qual/quant data. He has a got 35k followers on twitter and 26k followers on medium to read his prolific and consistent voice in the study and development of the product management craft. Online joining details: Once you RSVP to this event, you'll be able to see a Zoom registration link. To put off those pesky Zoom-Bombers, you can register at any time to receive the official link for the event. Don't forget Optimizely! Optimizely is pleased to support ProductTank and the passionate people at the forefront of product management, development, UI/UX, data-led models and evidence-based metrics. Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital by up to 10X. To learn more, get in touch with the Australian Optimizely team on +61 (02)[masked] or visit https://www.optimizely.com/anz/rollouts/?utm_source=mtp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=anz-mtp-fy20
- COVID-19 Has Changed Everything - So How Are You Doing?
How are you doing? Everyone is going to answer this question differently - exhausted, energetic, anxious, hopeful, burnt out, inspired... But regardless our worlds have changed and we're each dealing with it in our own way. This month we're checking in with a great cross section of Wellington's product and design leadership to hear how they have personally been coping post-COVID and to explore how their companies and product teams are adapting too. A huge thanks to our guests for giving us some insights into their worlds. - Ruth Brown - GM Design Research, Xero - David Morrison - Commercial Director (but a keen product leader nonetheless!), InternetNZ - Nicole Williams - Head of Product, Marketplace, TradeMe - Kah Chan - Design Lead, SailThru We'll be live streaming to YouTube again, where you can add any questions or thoughts you'd like to share.
- 5(ish) Lightning Talks to Inspire and Intrigue
UPDATE (20 March): Join the live stream here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_gFGKX9X7A UPDATE (18 March): amid the doom and gloom of our crazy world I'd like to give you all the opportunity to give the proverbial finger to COVID-19! No virus is going to stop our community connecting. As such we're organising a 100% online version of our lightning talks and panel discussion. I'll send you the link to watch and comment to a live stream as soon as possible, at this stage the date will be the same, but I will be looking for feedback on whether to move the time to allow people to get home first to watch the stream - please stay tuned on Slack (see below) and I'll send emails too. - If your attention span is limited and you're always impatient to hear the punch line, then have we got a show for you! This month we're inviting 5 people to share a point of (product) view but not in the rolling, poetic manner of a deeply crafted oration, rather in a pithy, exquisitely well made point, delivered in just 5 minutes! And the speaker line up is... Natalie Fergusson - Why You Should be Unique in a World of Copycats Lora Vardarova - Embrace the Chaos Tokes - Never say No, Ever! Gregory Gould - Launch Early and Learn Martin White - I Don’t Want to Hear About Your MVP! We'll follow this up with an opportunity to ask the speakers to explain themselves in the style of a panel. Thank you to all the speakers who came forward with an idea they'd like to share - some great topics! And finally, yes, we'll be streaming the event - join our ProductTank Slack to get updates in the #meetup channel - https://join.slack.com/t/producttanknz/shared_invite/enQtMzg5MDM4NzEyMjYyLWY3NGE3NjQ5NzJlOTRhNTRmODcyNTRiNTQ5MDYyMWI0NTllYjBjN2FiNzFkM2EyODE3YzY4NWQzMjc5OWNlMzY
- Scaling Product at Hnry
It's been too long! Hope you've all had a bit of a break and are easing back into it. To help you get inspired and motivated for 2020, we're going to kick things off with another Wellington product story, this time from Hnry (https://hnry.co.nz) founder James Fuller. See you there! - In a few short years, Hnry has grown from being a basic platform run on a Wordpress website with a ‘spreadsheet’ back end, to being one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing financial services platforms, managing upwards of $100m of funds annually on behalf of their users. Hear from Hnry Co-Founder and CEO, James Fuller, who will be talking about how Hnry’s product development approach has changed over time based on their rapid growth - balancing the continuous need to deliver value to users, alongside a need to evolve beyond a basic MVP, to build a fully-automated product in a short space of time. James will be discussing Hnry’s adaptive approach to product development, how they embedded customer data at the heart of their strategy, and how they cope with constantly operating at the ‘rev limiter’ of their capacity. Not to be missed! - A bit about James... James spent the early part of his career as an application developer, before moving into technology strategy and consultancy, where he held senior roles with firms such as Thomson Reuters and Deloitte. Having left the world of consultancy, he became an independent consultant, working with startups, corporate and government clients to help them drive scalable change using lean, agile and customer-focused principles. Being self-employed and having to deal with the burden of tax and financial admin led James to create a simple home-made system for calculating and paying his taxes. After a few friends asked to use the same thing, James got together with co-founders Claire and Richard to create Hnry - a service designed to eliminate all financial admin for freelancers and contractors. Having launched in early 2018, Hnry has grown to become New Zealand's fastest-growing tax agency, helping thousands of Kiwis to manage their self-employment - making self-employment simple, affordable and accessible for anyone. - Video for this event is sponsored by Optimizely. Take advantage of their free rollouts tool which provides feature flagging and staged release for developers: https://www.optimizely.com/anz/rollouts/?utm_source=mtp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=anz-mtp-fy20
- Martin Eriksson - The Decision Stack
Good news Product People! We're in for another international treat this month with our very own Martin Eriksson stopping in to New Zealand as part of a whistle stop world tour. He only has time to pop in to Auckland (I know, right ;-) ) but we're going to gather around a live feed of Auckland's ProductTank, join the Q&A and do the usual mingling thing. Live streaming for those that can't make it - https://youtu.be/TuQ_93A1Na4 And if you'd like to ask Martin a question, we're using www.slido.com (code #L447) _ Product teams are faced with myriad decisions every day, from tiny design trade-offs to major strategic choices. Faced with so many decisions, how do we ensure high velocity and high quality decision making while also giving our teams the autonomy they need to succeed? In this talk Martin connects the dots from our vision and mission to our daily decisions through the lens of product strategy and product principles. Martin Eriksson is a product leader, speaker, author, and expert in product practices gleaned over 25 years experience building products and product teams in multiple markets and industries. He has worked his way through the ins-and-outs of companies of various sizes, including The Financial Times, Monster (building the first SaaS offering there in 2004), Huddle, Covestor, and Cazoo. He literally wrote the book on Product Leadership, and currently serves as the CPO-in-residence at EQT Ventures, one of Europe’s leading venture capital funds. As the Founder of ProductTank and Co-Founder and Chairman of Mind the Product - together the world's largest product community that brings product people together in 185 cities across the globe to further the craft - Martin has helped define an industry and shaped the practices of a generation of product managers.
- Ask the Community
Got a gnarly question you'd love to get some feedback on? Ever wondered whether there's a better way but had no-one to ask? Do you have a concept you've been mulling over and want some feedback? Well, this month's meetup is by you and for you! Following on from the incredibly successful mini-meetup we had with Bruce McCarthy a few weeks back, we're going to do it again with a few more people this time. The way we're running it involves; - collecting some questions/topics before the evening - join our Slack workspace (see below) and join the #askthecommunity_nov2019 channel to add your burning question - before the meetup Tokes will summarise the questions - at the meetup we'll vote on them - then we'll grab the top few and dive right in! Tokes will facilitate the discussions and make sure we don't get lost in any rabbit holes :-) To give you an idea of what we covered with Bruce (and can certainly cover again) we picked; - working with stakeholders, managing their expectations, building relationships - leading with outcomes not outputs - roadmapping (with both topics above in mind) Looking forward to seeing you there! Ngā mihi Tokes To join the ProductTank Slack workspace, use this link, https://join.slack.com/t/producttanknz/shared_invite/enQtMzg5MDM4NzEyMjYyLWY3NGE3NjQ5NzJlOTRhNTRmODcyNTRiNTQ5MDYyMWI0NTllYjBjN2FiNzFkM2EyODE3YzY4NWQzMjc5OWNlMzY