** The Future of Product Management **
This month we will be getting our crystal balls out and peering into the future of product management. What mindset will you need to succeed? What does the product function look like? What are the trends in employment and what employers are looking for? As product managers we need to look at the task at hand and the trends the career is heading for - our three speakers will share their observations, experiences and views to give us all food for thought.
What mindset will you need to succeed?
Laura Scanga - New Product and Market Growth Consultant, currently at Curiosity Software Ireland
One challenge for Product Management is carving out the role as it fits with the demands of the CEO, CFO and CTO. For fifteen years Laura focused on internal new product development at places like Sky and the FT. More recently she moved to technology delivering software projects for clients. In this talk we will explore what mindset is needed in a the Product Manager to get what they need from the organisation, and give what it takes to succeed.
What does it take to build a successful product function?
Prag Patel - Head of Product at And Digital
Prag leads the 'professionalising digital' team at AND.Digital which helps clients set up and establish their digital/product capability. In this talk Prag will take a case study for an organisation where there was no product management capability and share the journey they took to put this product capability in place, looking at the lessons learnt and the future.
What does the Product Management Career look like in the future?
Richard Harrison - Managing Director & Xpertise Recruitment - Product, Tech & Change Recruitment
Richard founded Xpertise in 2013 and has nearly two decades experience hiring permanent, contract & interim talent in Product, Tech & Change across the UK. Richard also won Derbyshire Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and was also selected for the Team GB World Championships Over 40s Tennis team so can help with your tennis technique also!
In his talk Richard will explore Trends in recruitment around product management, what does it take to be a Chief Product Officer and where is the CPO role going?
This month's curator is Peter Bricknell. Peter is a commercially minded IT professional who connects and drives the operational results for technology & digital transformation. With 20+ years of cross industry experience, he takes a product driven mindset, with the psychology of change to connect technology, product, marketing, sales and partners/alliances to build operational maturity, sales, and improved customer experience.
This month's sponsor is Mind the Product's Corporate Training team!
Mind the Product has created one of the most comprehensive and in-depth libraries of product knowledge in the world. With each conference and meetup we add to this chest, and learn new lessons. Mind the Product Training is a program that leverages that knowledge and combines it with trainings created by product managers and driven by the needs and goals of our product community.
Our curriculum is focused on product problem solving, bringing together in-depth views of the technical processes and soft skills that product managers need in order to ship great products. The modules address situations that product managers encounter and discuss how to strategize and put together a plan to tackle the challenge. The courses are designed to help teams deliver more value immediately, and also help individuals address skills gaps needed to hit the next level in their careers.
6:30 - Doors & bar open
7:00 - Talks start
8:15 - Q&A