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.
Don't tell me about your solutions, I only want to hear your problems.
Sasha Friedman, Lead Product Manager at Metal Toad
A variety of techniques for getting people to open up and share what their problems actually are will be covered with examples from industry. The talk will focus on three user groups: board members, managers, and end product consumers.
Sasha Friedman has worked in Product Management in one aspect or another for his whole career, from alternative fuel distribution, to cleantech research, to hydropower technology development, to energy efficiency programming, to custom software development. On a personal level, Sasha is painfully Portland... he was scouted for the TV show Portlandia a number of years ago and they told him to "be himself and just keep doing that hipster bicycle thing" while they filmed.
The What and Why of Continuous Discovery
Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach at Product Talk
Most teams are adopting modern discovery practices, but we are still stuck in a project mindset. As we move from waterfall to continuous delivery / deployment on the delivery side of the house, we also need to make the same shift in our discovery practices. Teresa will share the habits of successful continuous discovery teams, including real-world stories.
You may already know Teresa as one of the organizers of ProductTank Portland. She is also a product discovery coach. She teaches teams around the world how to adopt continuous discovery practices.
Also, thank you to our host, Jama Software. And thank you to Navex Global for sponsoring the food. Check out their job postings here:
Jama Software: https://www.jamasoftware.com/company/careers/
Navex Global: https://www.navexglobal.com/en-us/careers/job-openings/product-owner