- Breaking into Product Management
There are almost as many pathways into product management as there are product managers. Join us and Product Tank's Philadelphia chapter as we hear from 5 product managers with vastly different journeys into their current profession. This is NOT a panel...each speaker will give a short yet powerful presentation where they share how they got started, the choices they made that shaped their careers, and their keys to success. Whether you're looking for your first gig in product or seeking some guidance on how you can deliberately shape your career path, you are sure to get some ideas and inspiration from these exceptional speakers. — — SPEAKERS: Shehzan Mohammed Background: Software Engineer Shehzan leads Cesium’s product management team and works with all other teams to champion, support, and serve our customers. Shehzan focuses on outward-facing engineering, partnerships, customer support, and promoting features for development that will have the greatest impact for Cesium users. He also contributes to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to advance open standards for geospatial applications and he is a frequent contributor and speaker on 3D geospatial technology. - - - - Kim McKenna Background: Marketing As Director of Product Management at ADP, Kim does more than just make presentations and talk about scope creep. With over ten years of experience successfully leading teams on complex digital transformation journeys, she is on a mission to put the "human" back in the often challenging world of HR management. Kim believes that great products start with amazing cross-functional teams and that with curiosity, honesty, trust, and well-defined OKRs, anything is possible. - - - - Alex Schechter Background: Visual Design, UX Alex works as Product Manager for NeuroFlow, a leading health-tech startup in Philadelphia that values curiosity, innovation, and agile processes. He graduated from Skidmore College with a major in communication design and minors in business and arts administration. Since graduation, he's developed a background in product management, product design, UX, interaction, visual design, business development, digital marketing, conversion rate optimization, and business strategy. As a digital product accelerator, Alex has worn multiple hats on agency, in-house, and remote teams. His long-term career objective is to lead the interpretation and execution of user-centered solutions that improve products with meaningful impacts. His work can be found at http://alexanderschechter.com/ - - - - Camil Lafreniere Background: MBA, Customer Experience, QA Camil is a Senior Product Manager at Newforma. He comes from the Great White North, not only a Canadian but was born well above the 60th parallel and he’s seen all three oceans surrounding Canada. Though getting a late start into Software and Product, he got his pilot’s license years before getting his driver's license. He could fly a plane, but could not get to the airport! - - - - Anand Mudaliar Background: QA, Business Analyst Anand is the Lead Product Owner at Vanguard, where he is responsible for driving Vanguard’s mobile strategy. Anand believes the value is in what gets used, not in what gets built. Before Vanguard, Anand was a Sr. Product Manager at AT&T working on their internet product companion app. Prior to that, he was at Capital One as a Mobile Product Manager. Anand will walk through his journey into product and how retrospection can lead to you being a better product person.
- Managing Product = Managing Tension
Join Marc Abraham, author of Managing Product = Managing Tension, as he and a panel of product leaders dissect the tough realities of what it is to be a Product Manager. Your moderator: - Marc Abraham: Head of Product Engagement at ASOS.com Your panel: - Nina Foroutan: Director of Product Development at Forbes - Andy Ayim MBE: Founder at Angel Investing School - Tom Comerford: Group Product Manager at Walmart - Georgia Ioannou, Product Owner at ASOS What you can expect: - 20 minutes of panel discussion ----> Stakeholder Management + Influencing without Authority ----> Working through uncertainty + unknowns ----> The risk of feeling overwhelmed as a product person - 20 minute Q&A with the audience.
- Lessons learned from Product Management Consultants
YOU ask the questions live! Three of New York's leading product consultants will apply their experience to address YOUR questions. - Isabelle Berner ( Director of Product, Def Method and Produx Lab) - Brandy Davis-Balsamo (Managing Director, Carbon Five) - Natalie Hollier (Product Principal, ThoughtWorks) Post YOUR questions in the Quora link below. Whoever has the highest upvotes gets to asks their question. Quora link - https://www.quora.com/unanswered/PRODUCT-TANK-NYC-8-26-6-PM-EDT-Be-there-Everything-product-management-consulting-what-is-YOUR-questions
- When and How to Pivot Your Product
- About the Event - Every PM and startup founder worth their salt knows that no product plan survives first contact with customers. But iteration can only take you so far. Sometimes you have to make a bigger shift in your product, which can feel like a big risk. How do you know when the time is right? And if you're convinced you need to pivot, how can you set yourself up for success? Get practical tips and strategies from an experienced founder and PM to that ensure you'll be prepared the next time you face a potential pivot. - About the Speaker - Jason Shen is a 3x startup founder who built pioneering B2B and B2C companies funded by Y Combinator, Techstars, and Betaworks Ventures. His ideas on startups, product management, and leadership have appeared in TechCrunch, Fast Company, and TED.com. As a product manager at Facebook, he builds systems that help the company scale globally. Note: This will be an online event, and active registrants will receive a link to join prior to the event date.
- The Product of You: Your Path to Product Leadership
How can you position yourself well now for a future as a product leader, and, once you get the job, what do you do? For World Product Day we are excited to feature, Melissa Perri, CEO of Produx Labs, a Product Management consultancy and author of "Escaping the Build Trap". This talk is a roadmap for developing your career in Product Management. We’ll cover the skills you need to develop in order to rise the ranks. Then we’ll get into the difference between types of product leadership positions at various companies. Finally, we’ll discuss how you can position your career for that top role. Agenda: 6:30-7:15pm - Presentation 7:15-7:45pm - Q&A with Melissa
- Fireside Chat w/ Nadav Goshen, MakerBot CEO, on "Product Turnarounds"
In this fireside chat, Nadav will discuss the challenges of joining, transforming, and leading an organization during a time of product-driven change. Nadav will go into detail on how he has led MakerBot’s transition from a marketing-driven consumer-focused company into a product and technology-focussed 3D printing innovator. He will also share his experience as a turnaround CEO and what his background as a PM has taught him on his way there. The audience will walk away from the discussion with insights on how to drive transformation across an organization following change to its core products. - About the Speaker - Nadav Goshen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MakerBot, where he oversees MakerBot’s corporate direction and strategy, global operations, technology, products, sales, and marketing. Goshen has over 10 years of experience leading turnarounds at tech companies as CEO. He’s an expert in defining new products and business models as well as growing digital ecosystems. While at the helm at MakerBot, Goshen successfully transformed the company from a marketing-driven, consumer-focused company into a product and technology innovator in 3D printing. Prior to joining MakerBot, Goshen spent several years leading investments and acquisitions for the Teddy Sagi group owned by Mr. Teddy Sagi, no. 65 on Forbes' list of Richest Billionaires in Tech. Goshen’s focus included ad-tech and media, analytics and business intelligence, and mobile apps. He was also a board advisor for Playtech (LSE:PTEC.L / $3.6B), a leading gaming technology provider. With Playtech Nadav founded a subsidiary for Casual Games with about 200 employees, located in four continents, developing Mobile Strategy Casual Games. Previously, Goshen was CEO at SweetIM, where he led the software company’sturnaround and successful acquisition by Perion Network (NASDAQ: PERI). Goshen also served as Deputy CEO at Babylon (TASE: BBYL), where he drove 500% YOY growth by innovating a new line of business. Goshen studied Cinema and Television at Tel Aviv University. He is an experienced software developer, coding from the age of 13, with many years of self-education in software and hardware engineering. Goshen is an avid swimmer, photographer, and enjoys building embedded music gadgets in his spare time. He lives in NYC with his wife and their three kids.
- How to build, scale and run a dual-sided marketplace
In this fireside chat, Oisin will discuss the challenges of building, scaling, and running a dual-sided marketplace. Oisin will go into detail on how he leads product innovation as CPO of ANGI Homeservices, the world’s largest digital home services marketplace. He will also share his experience as Co-founder and CEO of Handy as related to the operating, growth and market perspectives. The audience will walk away from the discussion knowing how to effectively run a double-sided marketplace, and what to keep in mind as they’re building it. - About the Speaker - Bio: Oisin Hanrahan, Chief Product Officer of Angi Homeservices and Co-founder/CEO of Handy As Chief Product Officer of ANGI Homeservices, the world’s largest digital home services marketplace, and CEO of Handy Technologies, Oisin Hanrahan is transforming the way that home services are delivered. In these roles, Mr. Hanrahan leads product innovation for ANGI Homeservices, whose U.S. and international brands, including HomeAdvisor, Angie's List, Handy, and Fixd Repair, are leaders in the $400 billion home services market. Mr. Hanrahan is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded Handy Technologies at Harvard Business School in 2012, successfully building it into a market leader in on-demand home services while securing nationwide services partnerships with the world's top retailers, including Walmart, Crate & Barrel and Wayfair. Mr. Hanrahan joined ANGI Homeservices in October of 2018, when Handy was acquired by the company. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Hanrahan previously started a political technology platform in Dublin and a real estate development business in Budapest. He also co-founded The Undergraduate Awards, a foundation that supports and celebrates outstanding undergraduate students globally. Mr. Hanrahan has advised the U.S. Department of Commerce, and taken an active stance on a number of political issues around labor and technology. He also advises and invests in startups, particularly in New York City. He studied at Trinity College Dublin, London School of Economics and Harvard Business School. -About the Sponsor - STASH, one of the fastest-growing consumer investing and banking platforms in the U.S., is pioneering the future of financial services. Dedicated to affordability and simplicity, STASH brings together banking, investing, and education into one seamless experience for four million Americans. STASH offers a full suite of products including personal investment accounts, Traditional and Roth IRA’s, custodial investment accounts, and banking services, including checking accounts and debit cards with a Stock-Back® rewards program. Based in New York City, STASH launched in October 2015 by Wall Street veterans, Brandon Krieg and Ed Robinson.
- Key Experience Indicators for Product Management
Key Experience Indicators score specific and actionable phenomena related to using products or services. They help make product roadmap decisions, precede and even predict business outcomes, and give insights into qualitative findings and customer anecdotes. That said, in many industries, financial services included, experiences of product users are not being measured and teams find it challenging to agree on goals, metrics, and action to be taken. In this talk, Tomer will offer definitions around experience measurement, touch on traps many practitioners tend to fall into, and give examples for useful experience indicators. You will learn about a framework for deciding what to measure and take away steps toward establishing an experience measurement system that goes hand in hand with a modern product management practice. - About the Speaker - Tomer Sharon is a leading voice on the topics of design thinking, user experience, and lean research methodology. Tomer is Managing Director, Head of User Research & Metrics at Goldman Sachs. He is the author of two books, Validating Product Ideas (2016) and, It’s Our Research (2012). Previously, Tomer was Head of User Experience at WeWork and Sr. User Experience Researcher at Google Search. He has mentored organizations (large and small) on user research methodology, has given keynotes, and taught workshops in 13 countries and the UN. Tomer holds a master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
- Adversarial Product Management
Building great products isn’t easy, especially in today’s interconnected, complex, and constantly changing world. While product people are helping their teams prioritize and make hard tradeoffs, we are always wrong in some way. Product managers should utilize the adversarial mindsets to get beyond the biases and bad assumptions that every team unknowingly falls into. During this presentation and hands on workshop Chris will review the biases and bad assumptions that stop us from doing our best work, how the adversarial mindset is used by product managers, and specific techniques to help you and your teams break out of these biases. About the Speaker: Chris Butler is IPSoft's Chief Product Architect making sure the organization is focused on the right problems to solve for clients and their customers. Chris has over 19 years of product and business development experience at companies like Microsoft, KAYAK, and Waze. He applies the adversarial mindset to product management and has a particular interest in randomization and uncertainty to build robust and resilient teams. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisbu/ Event Details: Doors open at 6:30pm for networking, food and drink. Speaker will begin at 7pm.
- How do You Create Cross-Functional Collaboration?
At ProductTank, our mission is to bring together the local product community – whether they’re Product Managers, Designers, or Developers – to share their experience and knowledge. How do You Create Great Cross-Functional Collaboration? “We’re a team, not a family” Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix The right kind of collaboration can generate the passion and process required to take a company from good to great. It means every ounce of team effort driving in one single direction. Conversely, the wrong kind can be the death of a company. Join your ProductTank community on Monday, September the 30th as product leaders present their view on how you create to create great cross-functional collaboration. Agenda 6:50pm: Doors Open 7:30pm: Welcome & Introductions 7:35pm: Session Begins (7:45pm: Doors Close) 8:20pm: Shoutouts 8:25pm: Networking & Fun 9:00pm: Event Ends