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Product Management Events

Each and every month we deliver an exciting mix of Product Management, Coding, Data Analytics and Blockchain events for anyone interested in becoming a product manager, networking or those who just want to learn more about the world of tech.

Our events have featured speakers from Amazon, Spotify, Airbnb, Facebook and more.

Check out what we have lined-up for this month:

Product Management Events in September 2017

 

NEW YORK

Wednesday, September 5th

How to Deal with Constant Change by Verizon Product Manager

Speaker: Patricia Morizio, Senior Product Manager, Mobile, Verizon.

Change is everywhere, particularly in tech. How can you survive in times of uncertainty? According to Patricia, you need a clear mission, team structure and shared terminology. If you manage your relationships well, you should be able to combat reversions to the status quo. Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good!

 

Thursday, September 6th

How to Use Metrics in Product by Former Jet Product Manager

Speaker: Jonathan Hastings, fmr APM Jet, Product Manager iOS & Mobile The Runway.

Across the physical and digital barriers, metrics are essential. Jonathan argues that one should be set as your northstar in the long term. In the short term, you need to set success indicators for A/B testing and other techniques. All in all, in this talk you will learn how to forget about vanity metrics and focus on the ones that matter.

 

Wednesday, September 12th

Why And How to Transition into Product Management by Google PM

Speaker: Nabil Shahid, Product Manager at Google.

Becoming a Product Manager remains a mystery, even after most companies and startups have established this position at the center of their operations. Learn from Nabil how to chart your own course and get your dream job as PM.

 

Thursday, September 13th

How to Build a Product Vision by Spotify Product Manager

Speaker: Matthew Williams, Product Manager at Spotify.

Sadly, being a PM is not just about product perfection. Communication is also essential. You need to know how to get stakeholder buy in, navigate your organization and fostering an understanding of vision and user empathy with engineers. Matthew will teach you how to add this sequence to your PM toolbox.

 

Wednesday, September 19th

How to Hone Your Craft as a PM by Awaken Meditation App Founder

Speaker: Ravi Mishra, Awaken Meditation Founder.

After a few years in the business, there are many automatic triggers a PM also needs to unlearn. Try to assess your model vulnerability with deep listening and emotional intelligence, suggests Ravi. If you iterate and test constantly, you will avoid the problem of permanent changes. Above all, practice makes perfect!

 

Thursday, September 20th

What is a Product Managers Role by theSkimm Head of Product

Speaker: Dheerja Kaur, Head of Product at theSkimm.

Your career trajectory will not resemble a linear path. There will be changes, adaptations and unexpected turns. Learn with Deerja Kaur how different the product role is across companies, from big ones to startups. There are a series of frameworks that apply to any situation which can help you build a product for a loyal audience.

 

Wednesday, September 26th

Intro to Product Management by TripAdvisor Sr Product Manager

Speaker: Chang Yu, Sr Product Manager at TripAdvisor.

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session Chang Yu to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager.

 

Thursday, September 27th

How to Succeed in Product by Tri-Angular Strategy Principal

Speaker: Roy Pellicano, Strategy Principal at Tri-Angular Consulting, LLC.

Just like Product Owners should think like business owners, business owners should think like product managers! According to Roy Pellicano, there are 5 key components to aim for product success. However, even if you make a mistake, you should remember that the most perfectly executing PM can still fail.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

 

Wednesday, September 5th

How Good Management Results in Great Products by Pinterest PM

Speaker: Sayantan Mukhopadhyay, Product Manager at Pinterest.

We talk so much about product that, often, the “management” part of PM gets sidelined. You need to know what it means to make it work for you. Learn from Sayantan Mukhopadhyay, PM at Pinterest, how focusing on management will result in better products.

 

Thursday, September 6th

How to Use Chatbots in Product by Boomtown Product Leader

Speaker: Casey Phillips, Chatbot/AI Product & Growth Lead at Boomtown.

Chatbots might be all the rage, but event the most sophisticated artificial intelligence will need a fitting user design to provide value. Learn with Casey Phillips about the chatbot UI/UX must-haves, mistakes to avoid (including funny examples!) and how to handle the unpredictable nature of the business.

 

Wednesday, September 12th

Intro to Product Management by StubHub Director of PM

Speakers: Camila Franco, Director of Product Management at Stubhub

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join Camila for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager.

 

Thursday, September 13th

How to Monetize Consumer Platforms by LinkedIn PM

Speaker: Amita Paul, PM at LinkedIn.

Monetizing consumer platforms is a true challenge. According to Amita Paul, you need to understand the consumer and business ecosysttem. The platform must be built with members and consumers in mind, designing the appropriate measures of success. Join us and find out how!

 

Wednesday, September 19th

How to Use Product in Digital Health by Grand Rounds VP of PM

Speaker: Nupur Srivastava, VP of PM at Grand Rounds

Digital health is a fantastic growth market. However, you need to know the specificities of product in this arena. Nupur will tell you what to watch for, give you advice to break into the space and how health products are different from other industries.

 

Thursday, September 20th

How to Transition From Data to Product by Google Product Manager

Speaker: Yana Yushkina, Google PM

Data is certainly a solid product foundation. But you need concret steps to make the transition. Lean into your strengths to fill your business strategy, marketing and other gaps. Then, learn with Yana how to translate your data analysis skills to developing and launching products.

 

Thursday, September 27th

How to Use Competitive Analysis and Strategy by YouTube PM

Speaker: Joao Fiadeiro, Youtube PM

Sure, build a strategy. But keep in mind the key elements: everything from the competitive landscape, growth strategy and business model. There are plenty of resources to estimate products revenue and usage, according to Joao, which can help you map the landscape. Finally, find out how to inform your product roadmap with these strategic fundamentals.

 

SILICON VALLEY

 

Wednesday, September 5th

How to Use Strategy in Product by Samsung Director of Product

Speaker: Nalin Chakoo, Director of Product at Samsung.

Intuition, improvisation and decisiveness are vital attributes of successful PMs. But you also need to apply strategic thinking. Learn with Nalin Chakoo, Samsung Director of Product, how to develop an approach which fits situations in the long term.

 

Thursday, September 6th

Intro to Product Management by PayPal Product Leader

Speaker: Paramita Bhattacharjee, Product Leader at PayPal.

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager.

 

Wednesday, September 12th

How to Use Data to Drive Product Decisions by PayPal PM

Speaker: Deboshree Dutta, Senior Product Manager at PayPal’s real-time Risk Platform.

Deb’s talk will focus on useful data driven techniques you can incorporate through out your product life cycle to make roadmap decisions and determine long term strategy. We will walk through simple use cases where data & analytics can help Product Managers break down complex problems to arrive at simple data driven decisions.

 

Thursday, September 13th

How to Succeed in Product Management by Google Product Manager

Speaker: Subhasish Chakraborty, Product Manager at Google.

In this talk, Subhasish will share his exciting experiences and insights from building products and leading product strategy from very early stage startups to billion dollar products. He will also talk about different phases and scales of the product journey and how each requires a different focus and strategy while also teaching valuable lessons.

 

Wednesday, September 19th

How Metrics Build Great Products by Sr. Yahoo Entertainment PM

Speaker: Toby Vogels, Senior Product Manager at Yahoo.

How do you choose the right metrics for your product? Toby Vogels will discuss how you build a metrics model that sets your product up for success. Focus on the right analytics to make the right product decisions and become a better Product Manager.

 

Thursday, September 20th

How to Use Deep Learning by Mu Sigma Product Manager

Speaker: Ankit Raheja, Product and Analytics Manager at Mu Sigma.

When and why does it make sense to build AI Products? For Ankit, you need to showcase the value you can get out of these products. There are certain things you should focus on during design, but keem in mind that development and deployment are very different as prepared as you might be.

 

Thursday, September 27th

How to Apply Continual Improvement by ServiceNow Sr. PM

Speaker: Manjeet Singh, Sr. Product Manager at ServiceNow.

In this talk, you will learn how to use Continuous Improvement techniques during the product discovery phase, design phase and during development, phase to create products that solve a real customer problem and achieve business goals. Learn with Manjeet how to align the user/market problem space with latest AI, ML and Blockchain based solution spaces.

LA AREA

DOWNTOWN LA

 

Tuesday, September 25th

How to Be a Great PM by AT&T Sr. Principal PM

Speaker: Buzz Archer, Senior Principal Product Manager at AT&T’s Mobility & Entertainment Group.

How can you get into Streaming Video Product Management without an engineering background? Buzz Archer will explain this, and also how to manage a product which is impacted by government regulations. And, yes, it’s possible: you can innovate and launch new ideas within a large corporate environment! Learn how.

SANTA MONICA

 

Tuesday, September 4th

The Art of A/B Testing in Product by YogaGlo VP of Product

Speaker: Benjamin Moshe, VP, Product & Growth at YogaGlo.

A/B Testing tips and tricks are commonly found online. But you really need to learn them from a professional. Benjamin Moshe will teach you how to design thoughtful hypotheses, so you take up A/B Testing as more than a tool: as a whole approach to your work. This can help you improve business results and build a healthier office culture.

 

Wednesday, September 5th

Intro to Product Management by former Symantec Product Manager

Speaker: Ana Sheila Victorino, fmr PM at Symantec.

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager.

 

Wednesday, September 12th

What is Product Management by Symantec Sr. Product Manager

Speaker: John Meehan, Product Manager at Symantec.

What is product management? How can one job be so hard to define? In this talk, we’ll walk through the course of an average week at work, from UX meetings to engineering stand ups. John Meenan will talk about the exciting parts, but also the other parts that fill up a 40 hour work week.

 

Tuesday, September 18th

How to Organize Your Team by former Beach House Product Manager

Speaker: Becca Elman, Business Unit Manager at Beach House Group.

UX, UI, Marketing, Strategy, Softwar, Design… Product Managers are regularly required to know a little bit of everything Product Management is, luckily, a whole team endeavour.  Becca Elman will share how to organize your team, setting up some frameworks from the start that can lead you a long way.

 

Wednesday, September 19th

What is Product Management for Blockchain by fmr Snapchat Senior PM

Speaker: Salvador Yanez, fmr Senior Product Manager at Snapchat in Los Angeles.

Join us with Salvador Yanez from Snapchat, who will shed a light on the key opportunities and challenges offered by blockchain and the cryptocurrencies. We will also look at managing sprints under design uncertainty, while the product is still in R&D.

 

Wednesday, September 26th

Intro to Product Management by Verizon Senior Product Manager

Speaker: Lenworth Gordon, Senior Product Manager at Verizon.

Lenworth will discuss what it’s like to work in this dynamic role and what it takes to get your foot in the door. You’ll also get the inside scoop on the day-to-day work as a Product Manager, the challenges of the job and personal insight from Lenworth’s experience at Verizon.

 

ORANGE COUNTY

 

Tuesday, September 11th

What are your First PM Role Keys to Success by Twitch PM

Speaker: Tarun Gangwani, Senior Product Manager at Twitch .

The PM challenge begins on the first day. Tarun will share a few tips to get through the initial challenges, so you understand the differences between PMing across company sizes and hierarchies. There are certain behaviours and past experiences that can add to your expertise. All this can help you in future interviews and beginnings as PM.

 

AUSTIN

 

Wednesday, September 26th

How to Design Your Own Career by Cylance Product Manager

Speaker: Matt Wilson, Senior Product Manager at Cyclance Inc.

As an experienced PM, Matt will highlight the importance of designing your own career. You should always be ready to enter new markets, which implies that renovating yourself is fundamental. Learn how to keep up with the sector’s evolution in this session.

 

SEATTLE & BELLEVUE

 

Wednesday, September 5th

How to Know Your Customers by Amazon Senior Product Manager

Speaker: Will Najar, Senior Product Manager on the Customer Reviews team at Amazon.

This session will cover everything you need to know about getting in touch with your customers. Learn how to work backwards from your customer’s needs, hear the customer voice as you make hard product choices, quantify customer anecdotes with data and to use that knowledge to build the product your customers really want.

 

Wednesday, September 12th

How to Use Strategy in Product by Expedia Director PM

Speaker: Wendy Gilbert, Director of Product Management for Egencia.

The PM role includes strategy, delivery, ideas and features. If you don’t have a strategy, you can deliver the best ideas and features and could still wind up with a disjointed and inconsistent product. But what is a strategy? And how do you create a good one? For this session, Wendy will share her thoughts on both strategy and influence.

 

Wednesday, September 19th

How does International Product Differ by Amazon Alexa PM

Speaker: Meng (JJ) Jiang, Product Management Leader at Amazon.

Allright, all PMs are different. But there is an overall PM mentality that you need to embrace. Learn with Meng how to apply it to your work and it fits with different types of roles. You need to understand both in order to carry out an international product strategy.

 

Wednesday, September 26th

Why Mindfulness Helps You in Product by Expedia Product Manager

Speaker: Yogesh Ratnaparkhi, Product Management at Expedia Global Ad Platform.

Mindfulness helps you boost EQ, which is essential for Product Management. You can actually add mindfulness to your daily routine, through simple techniques. Bring some poise and composure through simple techniques from Yogesh, and generate better business results (and a richer interior life!)

 

Wednesday, September 27th (Bellevue)

How to Transition into Product Management by Microsoft PM

Speaker: Evelyn Tay, Product Manager at Microsoft.

Evelyn will walk through her journey to Product Management in the world of tech, breaking from the military and public sector. There are certain things you can do to ease the transition and indentify the niche you want in tech.

 

BOSTON

 

Wednesday, September 5th

How to Use A/B Testing to Create Growth by CROmetrics PM

Speaker: Mark Marcello, MBA, Product Manager at CROMetrics.

Everybody talks about it, but are you implementing it right? A/B Testing is essential for any growth experimentation program. According to Mark Marcello, you need to implement the right culture of experimentation before you leverage it for decision-making. All of our events are free for students and alumni!

 

Wednesday, September 12th

How to Get a PM Role w/ Non-Tech Background by Salesforce PM

Speaker: Tanvi Dali, Product Manager at Salesforce.

Yes, it’s possible to work in tech without a tech background. Learn with Tanvi how to land your first Product Manager role, by setting yourself up as the ideal candidate. Finally, she will walk us through a day in the life of a salesforce PM.

 

Wednesday, September 19th

What is Product Success by Cayan Dir of Product Engineering

Speaker: Tcheilly Nunes, Director, Product Engineering at Cayan.

In this brief course, you will learn a very simple exercise, which will help you build a solid product development foundation that will lead to a clean and simple implementation: A well-written product-requirements document. With Tcheilly’s help, we will create a requirements document that will help both you and the team to plan your product development activities to be the way you want them to be.

 

Wednesday, September 26th

What are Experiences as a Product Manager by former IBM Sr PM

Speaker: Martin (Marty) Bakal, Principal Product Manager at Rogue Wave Software and former IBM Sr PM.

A lot of PM traits were developed in lean environments, like startups. However, according to Marty Bakal, the next step at companies is to deploy Agile at Scale. Engagement models are extremely important for this implementation. Finally, the differences and similarities between scaling methodologies will be considered.

CHICAGO

 

Wednesday, September 19th

How to Communicate Efficiently by SoftWorks Practice Founder

Speaker: Bryan Kelly, Founder of SoftWorks Practice.

According to brain science, there are certain things that foster collaboration. Bryan will tell you which five things you need to stop doing, and teach you to create a simple roadmap to build better foundations for your communication techniques.

 

LONDON

 

Wednesday, September 5th

What are PM Lessons Learned in Start-Ups by Fiit CPO

Speaker: Hugo Bailey, CPO at Fiit.

Working with products across the physical and software arena is no easy task. Learn how to work cross-functionally with Hugo Bailey, Fiit CPO, and how start-up experience can help you be better at your PM tasks.

 

Wednesday, September 12th

What are the Product Metrics & Innov by Sr Amazon Prime Video PM

Speaker: Piyush Kaushal, Senior Product Manager at Amazon.

For Piyush, there is a hierarchy of metrics that you need to understand, in order to see how organizational goals translate into product and feature milestones. The key is to promote open innovation: being the steward, not the dictator of good ideas. All this is supported by lean market validation, which optimizes returns on investment.

 

Wednesday, September 19th

How to Communicate with Your Customers by former BBC PM

Speaker: Navin Nair, Former Product Manager at BBC, Founder of Putti Cakes Consulting.

As a Product Manager or a startup founder, you know you need to talk to your customers; everyone talks about it enough! And yet, products still fail because we’re so focused on talking to our customers, we forget to listen and understand them. Navin will focus on practical approaches and the appropriate moments to deploy some techniques you can use to improve your communication.

 

Wednesday, September 26th

Intro to Coding for Managers by TIVIX Product Consultant

Speaker: Girish Kumar, Product Consultant at TIVIX Inc.

Do you want to take your career to the next level? Thinking about learning Code to amp up your career? Then don’t miss this free event to learn why coding is not just for software engineers. Get a chance to ask any questions you might have on learning Code as a manager.

 

FEATURED WEBINARS & SLACK ‘ASK ME ANYTHING’ SESSIONS

 

Thursday, September 6th

Webinar: Product Management Pitfalls by Shopify Senior PM

Host: Renuka Thakur, Senior Product Manager at Shopify.

This talk is for you, irrespective of your level of experience as a PM. If you are an early stage PM, the talk will show you that it is alright to make mistakes and that it is important to take bold decisions in spite of them. If you are an experienced PM who faced some of these pitfalls, you might get a different prospective on them.

 

Tuesday, September 11th

Product Management Live Chat by Sr. Amazon Prime Membership PM

Host: A M.Elleuch, Senior Product Manager at Amazon.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with A M.Elleuch, Senior Product Manager at Amazon.

 

Thursday, September 13th

Webinar: How to Form High Performing Teams by CNN Product Manager

Host: Alex Crumpler, Product Manager at CNN Digital.

What makes a great high performing team? In this clear, candid talk, Alex Crumpler unpacks the tenets of building engaged, enthusiastic, and effective teams. Remember: it’s people who are important, not positions! Appreciate the value of cognitive diversity and work with empowered, accountable and passionate people.

 

Tuesday, September 18th

Product Management Live Chat by Cylance Product Manager

Host: Yehuda Grossman, Product Manager at Ticketmaster.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Harsha P., Product Manager at Cyclance.

 

Thursday, September 20th

Webinar: How to Understand Your Influence as a PM by Mastercard PM

Host: Philippe Zay, Product Manager at Mastercard.

Understanding is key. Influencing is powerful. With fast-paced and changing environments in today’s digital world, it is fundamental to keep up with the game. Understanding markets, culture, business behavior, and most importantly the consumer is essential to developing a successful product strategy. Influencing both internally and externally with key stakeholders will enable you to deliver your strategy.

 

Tuesday, September 25th

Product Management Live Chat by Amazon Senior Product Manager

Host: Orkun Özbatur, Sr. Product Manager at Amazon.

Curious about the life and world of a Product Manager? Bring your questions to our exclusive Slack “Ask Me Anything” session to ask every product related question you’ve ever had, with Orkun Özbatur, Sr. Product Manager at Amazon.

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