Hello Product Tankers,
We’re excited to announce our next meet up. The event is perfect for professionals working in product, project managers in tech and anyone who’s generally interested in or considering moving in to the product space.
It is very kindly being both sponsored and hosted by AND Digital in collaboration with their regular meet up––AND Chats. AND Chats runs monthly and covers a broad range of tech topics, so this is a Product special for them! Details on AND Chats are below for anyone who’s interested in getting stuck in to more good, local tech events.
We have three great speakers lined up for you, covering the What, Whys and Hows of product management & development by sharing their insight and experiences.
There will be free food and drinks, and we would love to see as many of you as possible.
Agenda for the evening is:
18:30-18:55 Arrive, get settled and meet some new friendly faces
19:00-19:25 Dan Griffiths, Product Management Practice Lead at AND Digital: ‘Why are you developing that product?’
Dan Griffiths has 18 years experience leading product and delivery teams. In that time he has worked with organisations such as News UK, Reed Elsevier and NHS Digital. Dan’s role at AND Digital is to help clients accelerate their digital ambitions with a particular focus on effective product management teams and practice.
Product teams talk of owning the ‘what’ and engineering the ‘how’ of digital product development. But as teams move through the product lifecycle they fail to keep focus on why they’re building it - the goal or outcome they had in mind.
In an engaging interactive talk Dan will consider why this happens; what the serious consequences can be for you as Product Manager of forgetting why and shares some practical tips to keep your goals in focus throughout.
19:30-19:55 David Pilgrim, Senior Product Manager at Sky Betting and Gaming: ‘Why Delivering Great “Product” Isn’t All About “Product”’
Dave has worked in the betting domain for 17 years, starting as a betting journalist before joining Sky Bet in 2004 and progressing through the ranks of the Trading Room, eventually leading the Sports Trading department. Approaching the industry challenges from a Product perspective has been a relatively recent endeavour– joining the discipline in 2015. Since then Dave has been part of an expanding product team at Sky Betting & Gaming working on deliveries including RequestABet, In-House Live Football Trading and, most recently, Real-Time Request-A-Bet Modelling and Cash Out.
He joins us to talk about the importance of the product process encompassing the experience and input from the technologists who will ultimately write the code to make our ideas work.
20:00-20:25 Bob Holt, Senior Product Manager at Sky (News & Sports): ‘BOOSTing Product Culture Through Inclusive Discovery’
In this session Bob will talk around his efforts to build a healthy product culture through an inclusive approach to product discovery. You will take away some tips on building inclusive product discovery processes and a framework to help engage the right people at the right part of the process. This session will be useful for anyone looking to move their teams away from a feature factory mindset.
Bob is currently a senior product manager at Sky, working with multiple product teams to deliver value across two of Sky’s largest consumer facing products news.sky.com and skysports.com
20:30-Time to chat, network and maybe nip to one of the local pubs for a drink
The Venue is:
105 Water Lane
Leeds LS11 5WD
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