• The Product Group London February 2020

    Pivotal- The Warehouse P2

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Retention We’re obsessed with MVPs, launching new features, and acquiring customers. We have lots of frameworks and ideas to kick start the product lifecycle but we don’t have nearly as many tools and techniques for keeping these customers once we have them - this could mean death for your product. Tonight we’ll discuss how we think about retention and share tools, techniques, and tips for getting better at keeping our customers. Featured Product: Marc Lamik, Product Advisor, (Interim)-CPO As one of the first product managers to join Zalando- then only a small Berlin startup - in 2010, Marc has been in charge of building up the product and product teams for their in house built ecommerce platform. He led the expansion of their international Tech Hubs, and has been an integral part of the businesses' growth and unrivalled success from the very beginning. His last step at Zalando, now a highly successful public company, was to assume the role of Managing Director of their Lisbon Tech hub. After more than 9 years at Zalando he left to join notonthehighstreet in London as CPO and successfully built up their Product and Product Design org. Now he is helping companies from startup to corporate in building products, product teams and product strategies. Marc is a proud father, coffee lover and shameless early adopter of overpriced electronic gadgets.

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  • The Product Group London January 2019

    Pivotal- The Warehouse P2

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Progressing your career As you grow and establish your product management career, how do you get to the next level of skills, knowledge and seniority? Tonight we’ll delve into questions such as when is the best time to start thinking about progression? What skills do you need? How do you prepare? How do you measure progress? Do you need to plan in advance? How do you know when you’re ready for that next step? How do you ensure success when you get there? Featured Product: Just Eat - Richard Shepherd, Global Head of Product Over the last ten years Richard has been part of the fast growth and success of businesses both in the UK and globally. He has lead Product teams at Vouchercodes, carwow and now Just Eat - where he looks after their global suite of restaurant products. Richard specialises in marketplace products, and has worked with companies from Series A through to acquisition, IPO and merger. He is passionate about the discipline of product management, and the importance of a well-defined product organisation focussed on problem spaces and user-centric goals. Before moving into Product his background was in user experience design and development. He has also written and presented for a number of well-known publications and conferences on UX and product management.

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  • The Product Group London December 2019

    Pivotal Software

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Ethics and Product Management As product people, we're responsible for the impact our products have on our users. The pressures to deliver business value and beat our competitors can often cause us to focus purely on things like revenue and not consider the ethical implications of our decision. Tonight, we'll discuss questions like: Who is responsible for the ethics of our product? Are we equipped to measure the ethical impact our products are having on the world? What are the right metrics? Does Lean thinking and MVPs make it hard to build products in an ethical manner? What pratical steps can we ensure our products are build in an ethical way? Featured Product: Hassell Inclusion - Jonathan Hassell, Founder & CEO Jonathan is an award-winning inclusive design thought leader, with over 18 years' experience of embedding accessibility into digital production teams, which he regularly shares at international conferences and summarised in his new books ‘Inclusive Design for Organisations’ and ‘Inclusive Design for Products’. He is an innovative thinker responsible for commissioning and product managing groundbreaking, award-winning projects using innovative new accessibility techniques and technologies to enable a wide variety of disabled and elderly groups to gain better user experiences. Through his team at Hassell Inclusion he provides strategic accessibility transformation services to organisations worldwide, including: training and consultancy to embed accessibility strategically within the design process, user research and user testing, leadership of innovative digital projects to make inclusion easier and cheaper to implement, and creation of best-practice international web standards.

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  • The Product Group London November 2019

    Pivotal- The Warehouse P2

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Prioritisation Prioritisation is the most important part of a product manager's job. It's also perhaps the hardest. During this session we'll discuss why prioritisation is so hard to get right and what steps we can take to get better at it. Featured Product: Progression - Jonny Burch, Founder Jonny is a designer and the founder of Progression, a product focused on helping folks in tech teams to describe, map and grow their skills. Progression allows leaders to create flexible and industry-tested progression frameworks for current and future team members to measure themselves against. For the last seven years Jonny has led product design teams in tech. Most recently he scaled the consumer and growth groups at Deliveroo as the company grew from 150 to 2000 employees and 12 countries around the world. Having experienced first hand the pain of scaling teams fast, Jonny took the plunge from design leader to founder. In February 2018 he resigned from Deliveroo and launched Progression with the mission of helping to answer the age-old question ‘How do I grow at work?’.

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  • Live stream! From Empathy to Ignoring the Customer

    Anywhere Worldwide

    Come and join us for the next live stream event of The Product Mentor! Sit back and listen or join with your own questions. @ 3 PM Jordan Bergtraum: Get the most out of the PMs on your team Maximize team output by understanding your peoples interests and skills. Interviewing your PMs, pairing them with the work at which they will excel, and motivating them through the areas that don't come natural. @ 4 PM Andrew Knight: how to collect and present the right data for your product team's needs Is your team data driven? Do you have the data required to set your product direction? We'll cover the fundamentals for asking the important questions, collecting the right information and presenting the relevant metrics to meet your objectives. Start using data in your decisions right away! @ 5 PM Dimitris Sotiriou: Don’t listen to the customer (when to break the rule) The customer is always right...until proven otherwise. As product managers we are always driven by customer feedback and requests but there is a fine moment when temporarily ignoring the customer may actually help you take a forward leap. How do you identify these moments and how do you minimise the risk of going completely off track? @ 6 PM Scott Stokke: Starting your PM Job - First 90 days Starting a new product job is hard, you need quick wins and a long view understanding of the organization. Come learn what's worked and how you can become more impactful in your new product role, in less time. RSVP to attend AND THEN at the start of this event visit http://TheProductMentor.com/live (http://theproductmentor.com/live) to join in! Thanks & see you there! About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A Signup to be a Mentor Today! (http://www.theproductmentor.com/sign-up.html) .

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  • The Product Group London October 2019

    Zoopla

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Communication Communication skills are key to succeeding as a product person but good communication is hard to define and hard to practice. Tonight we’ll discuss questions like: What does good communication look like? How do we adapt our style for different stakeholders? What’s the right medium? How do you give bad news about your product? How do I become a better communicator? Featured Product Speaker: Nila Matthew, Behavioural Product Psychologist & Product Development Nila Matthew is a technology for-good enthusiast, a successful innovator and consultant in the field of product development, ideation and persuasive technologies. Nila has 18 years of product experience with international companies like New Zealand Telecoms, Yahoo! and Sky (working on TV and app products which have won many technology innovation awards). Nila, also recently completed a Masters in Psychology. Drawing on her passion for behavioural economics, psychology, technology and business, Nila will speak about the secrets of how large tech companies use psychology and behavioural economics to build engaging, resonating products and services that change user behaviour.

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  • Live stream! From Experimentation to Applying Empathy

    Anywhere Worldwide

    Come and join us for the next live stream event of The Product Mentor! Sit back and listen or join with your own questions. @ 3 PM Nis Frome: Being a champion for a culture of experimentation within your organization Being a champion for a culture of experimentation within your organization: By combining executive buy-in, initial proof points, and an atmosphere of enviable success, experimentation can take hold and lead to meaningful results for any business. @ 4 PM Bryan Postelnek: Tips on communicating internally to different audiences Product Managers must be able to communicate to a variety of people across different departments - stakeholders, developers, designers, marketing, leadership, etc. - and, although we wish it were true, one message or document doesn't work for all groups. Watch this talk to learn some tips on how to frame conversations and set yourself up to succeed in talking to these different audiences. @ 5 PM Yossi Mlynsky: The MVP - how to build the right MVP, it might be a lot simpler than you think. Building a product is a huge responsibility, each feature you release takes time, focus and ongoing love. Learning from the best products on the market and sharing my experience with Upstack, MealPal and others to workshop a framework of how to decide what features to include in your product launch, ideas for a focused MVP and understanding the engineering implications of your product decisions. @ 6 PM Paul Hurwitz: How to transition from Product Management to Product Leadership Key items to keep in mind when making the transition and what new tasks you'll be performing when you make the transition. Do you have to advance your career? What does it mean to manage Product Managers? @ 7 PM Tauheed Ahmed: Applying 'Empathy' to build high performing teams, gain alignment and build the right product Empathy is an indispensable skill that product managers can utilize to get deeper understanding of user needs, gain better alignment among stakeholders and build high performing teams by cultivating a culture of collaboration and respect. RSVP to attend AND THEN at the start of this event visit http://TheProductMentor.com/live (http://theproductmentor.com/live) to join in! Thanks & see you there! About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A Signup to be a Mentor Today! (http://www.theproductmentor.com/sign-up.html) .

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  • The Product Group London September 2019

    8 Mortimer St

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Failure. Failure can come in lots of different forms as a product person - we can plan for failure as run A/B tests, and it can be celebrated as a function of learning. We can also have sofware bugs and process problems sneak up on us and detail our roadmaps completely. Sooner or later, both these are failures likely to happen to all of us. So, tonight we'll discuss how we approach failure, how it should be treated throughout an organisation, and how we can plan to fail better. Featured Product: Amazon Alexa - Benoit Nachawati, Technical Evangelist. Benoit joined Amazon in 2016 as a Solutions Architect to help companies in Gaming & Entertainment to build Cloud solutions. Afterward, he moved as a Solution Architect to the Alexa team and supported the creation of hundreds of skills for the launch of Alexa in France. Today, he helps the European Developer community to build incredible voice experiences for Alexa. He is passionate about all Serverless solutions and how to apply them to real-life use cases. @bnachawati

  • Live stream! From Components to the Rule of Seven

    Anywhere Worldwide

    Come and join us for the next live stream event of The Product Mentor! Sit back and listen or join with your own questions. @ 3 PM John Masterson: A guide to components for Product Managers Drawing on my own experience as a naive Product Manager, the goal of this talk to increase awareness into the world of front-end JavaScript components. Specifically how to research these at the start of a project to avoid going into production with the wrong ones. @ 4 PM Chris Butler: Alignment of strategy, roadmap, and backlog All product managers need to link the high-level challenge they are solving with the day-to-day. How do you keep them connected and in sync when there are different disciplines and stakeholders involved on each level? During this talk, we will review the process and method by which you align the three key components of product planning. @ 5 PM Scott Levy: The Art of Prioritization: How to prioritize your roadmap/backlog, justify the prioritization and say "No" (politely) to stakeholders I will be focused on how to use data both quantitative (i.e. in-app metrics) and qualitative (i.e. customer interviews) to make and justify prioritization decisions. This topic will also cover how to use a thematic roadmap to more easily prioritize and justify decisions. @ 6 PM Yogesh Sharma: Product - Importance of iterative interview of the stakeholders Good product management practice consists of various technics. To develop an excellent product it is really important to understand your customer’s need or to understand the problem your stakeholders are trying to solve. Big question is how do you know that what is the real that stakeholder’s are trying to solve and how relevant is the problem ? @ 7 PM Patrick Hoffman: The rule of seven: how to structure your product organization to succeed Whether you're the first product manager in an early stage company or one of hundreds in a late stage company it's important to understand different ways to organize your teams for success. In this talk we'll discuss different team structures and how to avoid some common pitfalls that arise as small group behavior gives way to large group behavior. RSVP to attend AND THEN at the start of this event visit http://TheProductMentor.com/live (http://theproductmentor.com/live) to join in! Thanks & see you there! About The Product Mentor The Product Mentor is a program designed to pair Product Mentors and Mentees from around the World, across all industries, from start-up to enterprise, guided by the fundamental goals… Better Decisions. Better Products. Better Product People. Each Session of the program runs for 6 months with paired individuals… • Conducting regular 1-on-1 mentor-mentee chats • Sharing experiences with the larger Product community • Participating in live-streamed product management lessons and Q&A Signup to be a Mentor Today! (http://www.theproductmentor.com/sign-up.html) .

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  • The Product Group London August 2019

    Herbal House

    Share, learn and network with fellow Product Managers at The Product Group. Topic of the Night: Nailing the Product Management interview. The interview process for PMs can be a tricky one. Unlike our peers in design and engineering, there aren’t any portfolios or coding tests to show off our skills. PMs are faced with wide variety of scenarios and questions to test their eligibility, and it can all get a bit overwhelming. We’ll be discussing questions like: How should I prepare for a PM interview? What practice can I do? How should I tackle questions? Which frameworks should I use? Featured Product: Ahmed El-Sharkasy, CEO and Co-founder of Knowledge Officer Bio: Ahmed El-Sharkasy is a software engineer and product manager with more than 8 years of experience working in world-class startups in the Middle East and Europe. He was the first engineer at Bkam, a leading price comparison website in the MENA and was also the first engineer at Onfido, the leading identify verification service in the UK and Europe. After going through one of the top accelerator programs in Europe (Entrepreneur First), Ahmed is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Knowledge Officer, a London-based EdTech startup with a mission to build the shortest and most efficient path to employment and career progression.

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