“APIs and Open Technology choices are not decisions for tech teams alone. Discuss.”
As part of the first ever World Product Day - celebrating ProductTank London's 8th Anniversary with 90+ ProductTanks running on the same day all over the world (find out more at http://worldproductday.com/) - we are taking on a topic that we hear from Product Managers every day of the year - how to make the right technology choices.
These choices impact the business as a whole - not on developers alone. We believe product managers need to ask tough questions about how technology choices add value to the business. The prevalence of open technologies is an incredible resource and businesses need to understand how to use it. APIs are pushing the boundaries of an open and ever connected world and we believe product managers need to think more about direction and consequences - not just delivery.
Jeremy Brown - Director, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs
Jeremy heads up Red Hat's Open Innovation Labs in Europe, Middle East and Africa and works with organisations seeking to accelerate innovation and transform their business models and technology landscape for the "Digital" era. Getting technology choices right is less than half the battle, organisational change and technology delivery can be far more disruptive and difficult to deliver. Jeremy is a passionate believer in being default to open, whether that applies to code or culture.
Gabrielle Bufrem - Product Manager, Pivotal Labs Paris
Gabrielle Bufrem is a Product Manager at Pivotal Labs in Paris where she works with a range of clients from enterprise to start-ups in order to build user-centered products. She is originally from Brazil, has lived in 13 cities around the world across 10 different countries, and has built products across North America, Europe, and Asia. She is passionate about the intersection of product management and design - so much so that she is currently conducting research with Brown PHD students on how to improve collaboration in design. She loves to travel and explore different countries. She is a barista and coffee lover. Gabrielle earned a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations.
Jonathan Farrow - Product Manager, Nexmo
Jonny made the jump to Product Manager from engineering at Rolls Royce over a year ago. His current role is Product Manager for Nexmo, the Vonage API platform, and is focused on building useful communication tools for clients as well as managing development of the platform. Jonny has an engineering degree from Sheffield Hallam and finds himself travelling over the world more frequently these days.
This month's curator is Laura Scanga. Laura works at Curiosity Software Ireland in new product development and product strategy. Until five years ago, she developed new products for large media and education corporates. She made the move into software industry after a brief period working with government on their innovation agenda. Laura is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and holds an MBA from Imperial College.
This month our event is supported by Intelligent People, a specialist Product Management recruiter who work with a broad range of Online and New Media Organisations (including Online Retail, Travel, Media, Business Services & NfP). They have a solid understanding of the discipline and have supported ProductTank on multiple occasions. We’re glad to welcome them back! For more information, head over to http://www.intelligentpeople.co.uk/product-management/