ProductCamp Melbourne 2014

Hi Camp-goer,

Product Camp is an un-conference so attendees can also be presenters! If you haven’t been to an un-conference or Product Camp before, see last year’s summary and feel free to ask us questions.

You can get involved in Product Camp Melbourne in a few different ways:

  • VOTE :-) you don’t have to be submitting a topic but your votes will decide the content of the day, so get in and choose your favourites. You have 10 votes to work with.
  • Want to lead a discussion or present on a specific topic? We are looking to fill these themes: Lean, UX/Design, Career, or Mystery Box. Post the topic below and whether it is a presentation or an activity
  • Is there a topic you’d love to hear covered but don’t want to lead that discussion? Post what you’d like to hear and note it needs a speaker
  • Lastly, suggest a speaker you think would be great to hear and what topic you’d love to hear them talk about and we will seek them out for you.

For more information on our themes please see below. Feel free to interpret for yourself what those words mean to you but a couple of ideas are there to get you started:

  1. Lean – anything to do with using Lean principles, getting out of the office, lean analytics etc.
  2. UX/Design – customer interviews, what is great design, how can I have a go…
  3. Career – product management is a career of many directions, we could talk about how to progress in your career or which job titles mean the same thing, or anything else you suggest.
  4. Mystery Box – is all about the surprises, what has been missed so far, what do you absolutely need to hear more about, and what is burning in your head right now. This could be roadmaps, tools for product managers, etc.

Check the Product Camp Melbourne website for other announcements. And for any questions email us info at productanonymous.com

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  1. Overview on Innovation Types & Product Innovation Methods

    We will look at types of innovation available across the gamut of business and product innovation as well as look at SCAMPER and TRIZ techniques as methods to creatively stimulate ideas that can lead to innovations in the product and service space

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    • The marshmallow challenge for product managers

      The marshmallow challenge is deceptively simple with surprising results. But what are the lessons for Product Managers?

      marshmallowchallenge.com

      3 votes
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      • Web product strategy

        If anyone has a web product idea, and is thinking about starting a startup, this lo-fi strategy might be useful. It involves:
        * Sketch the product idea
        * Research the current scene
        * Know your critical mass
        * Check reliance on third parties
        * Validate your idea
        * Plan the Minimum Viable Product
        * Consider your end goal

        2 votes
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        • On-the-spot UX reviews

          Happy to do on-the-spot reviews for websites, products, etc (if people are willing to share theirs) and talk about key UX aspects.

          3 votes
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          • Running lean and oiling the product ownership machine

            In returning to some of our key agile principals, and enabling true product ownership within our development teams let us share the insights and learning that became blindingly obvious once we stripped away process and overhead. Insights include:

            - Adding roles and processes is easy, but it hides the real essence of ownership
            - Road maps or just continuously adding value?
            - Product owners hate to fail
            .... and more...!

            6 votes
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            • Hitchhiker's Guide to User Experience

              The basis for a good user experience is not a one size fits all solution, but a tailored one made specifically for your needs.

              A mentality shift is needed to approach a different set of issues instead of going the traditional business route. Nowadays, UX is a core part of any product that wants to succeed; don't be left behind.

              2 votes
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              • Product Management Tools

                Do you use one of the new-ish tools specifically made for product managers or are you spending your time in xls/ppt? This will be a discussion where you can share your fav tools & learn about others

                7 votes
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                • Moving fast in a 'big' company

                  Lean, MVP and learn-build-iterate are great product mantras, how do you employ them well and get buy-in within an established business environment?

                  4 votes
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                  • A practical view on Jobs to be Done

                    In the quest for the perfect product, deciding what to work on is always the biggest challenge: how to understand what customers need?

                    At YourGrocer, we have been using the Jobs to Be Done framework (www.jobstobedone.org) for a while now and are quite happy with the results with obtained with it. However, while there is plenty of material available online to understand the technique, it’s quite hard to find examples of it being applied in real life scenarios

                    We would like to talk about our experience doing interviews with a group of 20 customers earlier this year and…

                    25 votes
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                    • Panel: How to Break into Product Management

                      Panel discussion on moving into product management from other roles, how to get your first product role. Bring your questions!

                      13 votes
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                      • How to take your Product Management career to the next level

                        Product Managers have always been thought of as the CEO's of their product, but in recent years Product Managers have been stepping up to CEO roles in major companies as boards recognise the importance of having coherent and amazing product strategies.

                        This session will explore how to take your Product Management career to the next level, possibly even CEO, by taking action inside and outside the office.

                        10 votes
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                        • Minimum Delightful Product

                          There's so much about Minimum Viable Product, or MVP these days. But is being viable enough to win your customers over? Should we be shooting for higher than viable?

                          I'm interested in the idea of the 'Minimum Delightful Product', and thinking about how do we build an MVP that doesn't skimp on the delight-factor.

                          18 votes
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                          • Productise your APIs

                            Almost all digital products have APIs working behind the scenes, but not many of them are open to 3rd parties. What happens when you start thinking of your APIs as a product? Is there a customer segment, is it a potential new revenue stream, could it help grow your brand? I helped run the open API program at Sensis and can share what we learned when we turned a backend service into a consumer product.

                            14 votes
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                            • Using Lean Canvas as a communication tool for Business Groups, Product Manager, Engineers and Design.

                              I am really passionate about the use of the Lean Canvas (http://leanstack.com/) as a common communication tool and to be used as the anchor for all product decisions and development focus. So this session would be an intro to the canvas and how it can help across all teams.

                              12 votes
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                              • Agile development in a non-start-up world

                                Navigating agile development in a larger organisation. What does it mean and how to excel in it.

                                5 votes
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