• How do you establish an effective product management team?

    Let's explore the practicalities of establishing a good product management team with Jock Busuttil, in this follow-up to his excellent introductory discussion. In advance of the discussion, please consider: - When is the right time to hire a dedicated product person? - What kind of people do you need in your product team? - How do you recruit them? - What should a product team's office space look like? - How does your organisation need to adapt if it's not had a product team before? Jock is a freelance Head of Product, author and start-up mentor with over eighteen years' experience. He helps start-ups and larger organisations with digital transformation and to improve their product management practices, including Experian, BBC, University of Cambridge, and the UK's Ministry of Justice and Government Digital Service (GDS). He is the founder of Product People, which provides product management consultancy and training. He is also the author of the popular book ‘The Practitioner's Guide to Product Management’ and the blog ‘I Manage Products’. We're at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 17:30 ready for an 18:00 start. We look forward to seeing you there. Jock, Andrew, Rory and Peter

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  • How can founders get the best from grant funding?

    The success rate for InnovateUK grants is apparently 11%, is it worth the effort? Should you use grant writers to put together a grant for you? Collaborative grants - what needs to be considered to make them work? How does grant funding change along the start-up journey? How do you avoid bureaucracy, while satisfying criteria? This time Threads will be hosted by Matt Butcher. Matt has a PhD in Physics and a background in sales and marketing, commercialisation, IP, and project management. He has held director level positions in a number of University spin-outs and is currently CEO of Inductosense. We're at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 17:30 ready for an 18:00 start. We look forward to seeing you there. Andrew, Rory and Peter

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  • How do you get technical people to lead and manage?

    How do you fill management roles that arise within your business? What do your technical people think of the management roles within your business, and the people who do them? What abilities should you look for in technical people to persuade you that they could move into management? Does your business offer viable career paths for both technical and people focussed staff? We're at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 17:30 ready for an 18:00 start. We look forward to seeing you there. Andrew, Rory and Peter

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  • Just because you can, doesn’t mean it will or should sell.

    What real need for people or businesses does your product fulfil? And if they have the abilities to ‘want’ that need to be filled, how do you know? Do all your customers understand the full picture of what you’re selling? Does GDPR make this ‘selling’ easier or harder? Is 90% of a perfect product good enough to launch with? Given the world is full of intelligent villains, who could abuse your product and how? This time Threads will be hosted by Andrew Callard. Andrew, of Aimed Business, has successfully marketed many technology enabled products. From those invented 140 years before, which became a business must-have of the 1990’s to advanced materials for the products of tomorrow. As a marketer, working with the web from 1996, he rejoiced at its ability to create mass individual conversations and despairs at its resulting perversion. His experience shows that concept to reality may seem the hardest stages of development, but often it goes all wrong from there. We're at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 17:30 ready for an 18:00 start. We look forward to seeing you there. Andrew, Rory and Peter

  • Product management has evolved - has your company?

    How do you decide what goes on your product roadmaps? How do you measure the success of your products? How well do you know the users of your products? This time Threads will be hosted by Jock Busuttil. Jock is a freelance Head of Product, author and start-up mentor with over eighteen years' experience. He helps start-ups and larger organisations with digital transformation and to improve their product management practices, including Experian, BBC, University of Cambridge, and the UK's Ministry of Justice and Government Digital Service (GDS). He is the founder of Product People, which provides product management consultancy and training. He is also the author of the popular book ‘The Practitioner's Guide to Product Management’ and the blog ‘I Manage Products’. We're at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 17:30 ready for an 18:00 start. We look forward to seeing you there. Andrew, Rory and Peter

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  • How can founders ensure a work:life balance, along with business needs?

    For some, a work:life balance is a future goal, deferred til the current demands are met. In this discussion, we'll explore how busy founders can ensure healthy culture, and practices, for the team. In advance of the discussion, please consider; - What's the right work:life culture for a busy scale-up? - What example can you personally set? - What does burnout look like and how can it be avoided? - How in touch with your employee's personal goals are you? - What's the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards? By attending you can pool and explore specific issues that you face within your own operation or industry domain, drawing on the shared experiences of others. We're at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 1730hrs ready for 1800 start. We look forward to seeing you soon. With thanks, Andrew, Rory and Peter

  • How do you manage your customers?

    Ashfords LLC

    In June we'll explore the operational side of dealing with customers, helping you remain on track around deliverables, expectations and relationships. In advance of the discussion, please consider; - Who is responsible for managing customers within your business and what do you expect from each of them? - What things do you communicate to customers and what things do you keep private? - Do you have a customer support process and what does it look like? - How do you set and manage customer expectations? By attending you can pool and explore specific issues that you face within your own operation or industry domain, drawing on the shared experiences of others. We're back at Ashfords offices in central Bristol for this one, meeting from 1730hrs ready for 1800 start. We look forward to seeing you very soon. With thanks, Peter, Andrew and Rory

  • Barriers to growth; where are yours and how do you address them?

    Bristol & Bath Science Park

    In May, we'll take a holistic look at barriers to growth, exploring factors that may be unique to your operation or are encountered at a regional level. - Space; do you have what you need, was it hard to find, are you concerned about getting hold of more? - Money; have you needed to raise finance, will you need to raise more, soon, does a need for investment slow you down? - People; can you get the staff you need, can you keep them, do you need to train up the people you take on? - Management; do you have the skills needed to manage more people, do you have people who can step up into management, is there a training or experience gap when it comes to leadership? - Sales; are customers your limiting growth factor, how do you find customers, do they come easily? - Delivery; do you struggle to keep up with sales, can you scale what you do (make / provide)? - Infrastructure; are there things you need from the wider community in order to grow, would these things be more readily available elsewhere? By attending you can pool and explore specific issues that you face within your own operation or industry domain, drawing on the shared experiences of others. Please note the location of Bristol and Bath Science Park. There's plenty of free guest parking and Andrew can offer a car share from/to central Bristol - just ask. This is a return to the topic, and a chance for those who couldn't make it in December. With thanks, Peter, Andrew and Rory

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  • Preparing for exit, what should you be thinking about now?

    For many, selling their business might seem like a distance off, with more pressing needs to manage the business day-to-day. In this Threads we discuss how early groundwork can help achieve a better exit process, with key points for consideration being: - Where is the value in the business and how do you protect it? - Is there a strong management team in place? - Is there alignment among shareholders on direction of the Company? - Has the company got its house in order? - When do you need to get professional advice, and from who? By attending you can pool and explore specific issues that you face within your own operation or industry domain, drawing on the shared experiences of others. Please note the new discussion start time - 1800hrs - meeting from 1730hrs. With thanks, Rory, Peter and Andrew

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  • How do you manage projects?

    Ashfords LLC

    In March, we'll explore how pieces of work are delivered by the business. In readiness for the discussion you may like to consider; - Do you execute projects? And if so, what is a project for you? - What sort of work would you get done via a project? What sort of work is not suitable for a project? - What processes do you use to manage projects? Do you have a specific format? Is it horses for courses? - Who manages your projects? Do you call them Project Managers? By attending you can pool and explore specific issues that you face within your own operation or industry domain, drawing on the shared experiences of others. Please note the new discussion start time - 1800hrs - meeting from 1730hrs. With thanks, Peter, Rory and Andrew

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