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  1. Market Intelligence, Influencing Strategic & Product Decision Making

    This interactive Town Hall style session will briefly review the implementation of a Market Intelligence (MI) program designed to drive stakeholders to a better understanding of competitors, industry trends and possible threats. Then, transition into an open discussion about MI best practices and whatever questions exist.

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    • How To Create A Culture for Product Excellence

      What does it take to create a product centric focus in your organization? How do you raise visibility, respect and product leadership for increasing product success?

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      • That Sucking Sound

        Round table discussion to pick up the live conversation around a recent blog post by Jim Holland. The essence of the post by the same title is that "Not too long ago everyone said “Product management is the CEO of the product.” Now, we’re lucky if product management is recognized as an extension to an administrative function in the organization."

        This session will take on the topic and find out ways to resolve or head off the conundrum of distractions and outside perceptions.

        6 votes
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        • When Dev Goes Agile, Do Product Managers Become Tacticians or Strategists?

          When Dev goes agile, product managers often struggle in balancing their time in short-term sprint executions with the overall business needs from the rest of the organization. Your long term perspective just got shorter and shorter and now find yourself sorting through and coordinting the backlog for the next release. This session will cover the agile roles and responsibilities and how product management plays in this environment. We will also cover the risks of you becoming the product owner and how it can position you and your product for failure with a short-term sprint focus.

          3 votes
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          • Tune-up or Overhaul - How's Your Product Performing?

            Whether you're a start-up or mature company, getting products to market can be a painful internal exercise that is often flawed and eventually shows up in your product when you launch it to market. You then find yourself doing damage control in the public eye that eventually begins to tarnish your brand. Sound familiar? Then join this session to discuss and learn how to improve your internal mechanics that translates to a well oiled machine.

            4 votes
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            • Why Agile -- Produce The RIGHT Product Faster

              Agile is about adapting to change, hence risk. Agile is about delivering faster, hence risk. Agile is about visibility, hence risk. Agile is about self managed teams, hence risk. Sounds wonderful so far right? It is no surprise that companies that claim to be Agile but only follow a 'process' fail miserably at Agile. It is companies that adopt Agile as a culture that bring about success. Every 2-3 weeks you remind a customer of two things when you deploy an agile product:

              1. This is why you shouldn't do business with us...

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              2. This is exactly why you…

              6 votes
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              • How do you define innovative solutions when customers don't know what you are talking about?

                Have you ever brought a new, perhaps disruptive idea to a focus group, customer panel or in individual interviews only to have the customers give you odd looks as if you have just arrived from Mars, and then say: No, I'll just stick with my current approach, Thanks.

                This happens all the time in technology solutions definition. In this interactive session we will all share approaches we have used to solve
                this problem and create breakthrough solutions.

                "Now, can I interest you in a flying car?"

                3 votes
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                • Putting meaning and a plan behind "We will ceate jobs through innovation."

                  We've been "sold" by politicians this is what we'll do. Do you think they even understand what that means, or what we have to do to make that happen? Neither do I?

                  I look forward to a highly interactive session to uncover your thoughts and share with you what's going on behind the scenes in the Denver Metro Area.

                  Key to creating jobs is encouraging small businesses (11-99 employees; the growth engine of the US) to take go the next level and grow.

                  How can they do this? By using the Value Innovation Process(TM).

                  I will faciltate the discussion and…

                  3 votes
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                  • Product Management tools / software

                    This topic is to discuss which tools/software are most useful. Examples: Visio for diagrams/modeling, Excel for roadmapping, MS Word for detailed specs, Basecamp for online collaboration, iPlotz for prototyping, Tomsplanner for simple shared gant charts, etc. What tools do you find most useful?

                    8 votes
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                    • Story Telling is UX Magic for Business

                      In this session we'll explore the tangible wonders of story telling and how it can bring the magic, power, fire, and fury of UX to your digital design process. Do you have problems getting stakeholders excited about new design ideas? Story telling can help fix that. Do you want to make products and websites that literally change the world? You're going to need to use story telling. Do you want to play with legos and call it a business meeting? Story telling can do that. A clear and compelling story is key to Apple's monumental success, and if it's good…

                      8 votes
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                      • Job Search and Networking

                        Looking for a new job? Hiring?
                        Interactive session for those attending to 1) Network and connect with others (bring business cards), and 2) Discuss job search tools, resources, and groups.

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                        • Sales Driven Voice of the Customer – The Horror!

                          When does one customer represent the target market or help create the best product? Ever had management decide to overall change a product because they talked to one customer? Crazy!

                          A product needs to provide value to your whole target market. Join me for an open discussion on the benefits of being market driven compared to sales driven. We’ll get into activities you can do (VOC, VOM, surveys, market research, etc.) and available tools to get that market input so you can create products that solve market problems.

                          6 votes
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                          • How Ideas Become Products: Managing Innovation

                            Anyone remember Schoolhouse Rock? Several years ago they made a video of a bill singing on the steps of Capitol Hill, hoping and praying that he would become a law. The video taught us the process by which bills turn into laws.
                            This topic proposes exploring a different sort of transformation -- how ideas turn into products. The specifics of managing an innovation process -- one that identifies promising ideas, vets them, and develops the best into products that satisfy customers -- is a mystery to many project managers. This session will discuss specific methods for innovation.

                            12 votes
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                            • Certification for Career Advancement -- Standout!

                              An open discussion of how professional certification fits into your plans for career development. The concepts are applicable to any career path or industry, but examples will focus on certifications applicable for product developers and product managers from three different international professional organizations. Proposed agenda includes: the role of certification, identifying certifications that matter, and 10 steps to advancement via certification.

                              7 votes
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                              • The Product Hour of Power

                                This interactive session will cover startup and early stage product development and how Marketing and ultimately Product Management comes into being.

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