ProductTank Portland - February 2020

ProductTank Portland
ProductTank Portland
Public group

Jama Software

135 SW Taylor St #200 · Portland, OR

How to find us

When you come in the building, go to the elevator at the back and select "3R" directing you to the event.

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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.


Agile Self-Development: How we can apply scrum to our personal lives
Karthy Chandra, Founder & CEO of Goalden Hour

The best practices of the agile methodology have taken the tech world by storm in recent years, but they can just as effectively be applied to your personal life. In this presentation, Karthy will discuss how the principles of experimentation & incremental iteration used in scrum can help us manage and master our lives.

Karthy is the Founder & CEO of Goalden Hour, a tech startup building a life management tool that helps people make more time for their goals within the context of their busy schedules. While getting Goalden Hour off the ground, she worked in product management at a healthcare tech company, specializing in customer validation testing.


Successes and Failures Creating Products For Animals
Matt Alford, Founder of Elkhorn Farm & Forge

Day-in-the-life, focus groups, persona development, market and competitive analysis, prototyping and iterative testing: these are all standard product management tools that are useful while defining products for humans. When the target customer is a 550 lb sow or a 200 lb goat, what do you do? This presentation is a post-mortem on the practical application of product management techniques applied on the farm. Find out what worked and what didn't when the standard bag of product management techniques were employed with livestock participation.

Matt is the founder of Elkhorn Farm & Forge, where he applies product management techniques to product design. Off the farm, recent projects include a new software user interface to help Kaiser Permanente manage their hospital discharge process and he wireframed screens for a logistics software tool that enables 6,000 - 8,000 Medicaid rides/day in the Portland area. When he's not cursing JIRA or feeding farm animals, Matt likes to bowhunt in the backcountry with his herd of packgoats, shape metal in the shop, and escape to Maui every chance he gets.


Also, thank you to our host, Jama Software. Check out their job postings here:

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