August ProductTank PDX

ProductTank Portland
ProductTank Portland
Public group

WeWork Power and Light Building

920 SW 6th Ave · Portland

How to find us

We're on the 12th Floor. You will need a photo ID to check in and if you don't have your full name on Meetup, please make sure we have it in advance.

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We'll have two 20-minute talks, each followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. We'll have plenty of time at the start and end of the meetup for tasty beverages and networking.

What a product manager can do in her first 100 days
Amy King, Senior Product Manager, Digimarc

The first 100 days are important in any new job. I discuss 3 typical business problems a product manager needs to solve in her first 100 days at a new company, such as prioritization, launching products, and defining business processes and how I tackled them for a recent project.
Note: This is targeted for new PM's on how to ramp up and contribute when joining a new project. I did this as a workshop for ACT-W last year and posted slides here.

Bio: I am a software product manager. I like learning about different industries and how people use technology in their jobs, then figure out how my team can build software to help people be more efficient with their work.

Cromulent Research Methods: Embiggen Your Knowledge
Matthew Oliphant, Founder, Studio VO

It isn’t enough anymore to make something well if the thing itself has
no value or at worst contributes to the frustration, anxiety, or actual
harm of another human. We all, individually, need to consider that
we’re making choices everyday that have consequences, and we need to
decide the extent to which we’re willing to live with that.

And yet, so many things are still not even made well. And it all begins
with how we determine What to make and Why to make it; well before we
determine How to make The Thing™.

There are a few tried-and-true methods, as well as some methods that are
tried-and-untrue-yet-still-used-anyway. This talk will give an overview
of some of these methods with an eye to how you can do this work
yourself, do it better, and begin with a solid foundation of
understanding so that you can do the right work well.

Bio: Matthew has been getting people from WTF to FTW since 1999. He has led the design and development efforts for dozens of software products,
redesigned large-scale corporate design and development processes, led
research efforts to understand the needs of organ transplant recipients,
and helped shut down four businesses (for which the owners thanked him