Category: Monthly Meetings

The Evolution of the Behavioral Product Manager

Product managers often rely on qualitative research (surveys) to dictate their product development processes, but behavioral science demonstrates that the customer’s word is often unreliable due to cognitive biases at play. The evolving world of product design & development requires that product leaders incorporate the science of human behavior in a more rigorous way than…
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Leading with eXperience — A Product Manager’s Guide to Awesome User eXperience

Many organizations have “woken up” to the idea of User eXperience being a key business differentiator. Gone are the days when simply having the best-engineered solution would guarantee the success of a product. However, many product stakeholders today find it hard to connect the dots between the realities of business and design, and shifting design…
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16 Ways to Engage and Motivate Product Teams

Effective software development, and thus effective product management, requires a symbiosis – a tight partnership of product managers/product owners with product creators: the developers and testers and designers, and sometimes more, who craft our products.  Understanding what motivates programmers and programming teams is critical to engage and motivate teams to delight customers – and to…
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Universal Design: Making Great Products for Everyone

Accessibility is usually one of the last items on a project plan checklist and can result in some unexciting and often troublesome changes.  But what if you could include it at the beginning and end up with an even better product for every customer? Universal Design focuses on designing for the most customers possible but…
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Panel Discussion: “Rewards and Challenges of Being a Product Manager” – AMA style

An enlightening panel discussion with some of our current SVPMA Board members, who are also experienced Product Management professionals, talking about the rewards and challenges of being a product manager. We will share major do’s and don’ts of product management, as well as “tales from the field”. We will touch on some typical rewards of…
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Translating User Needs Into Products That Matter

We can all build cool technology for the sake of cool technology. However, to build something that matters, that can impact a patient’s outcome or quality of life, you need to dig deep and truly understand what problem you are solving and why. In the medical device world, you need to balance these user needs…
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Meeting Archives 2019

Meeting Archives 2019 Please click on the link below to see the meetings for that year. 2020 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 December PM…
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PM Mythbusting: The 7 Myths That Stymie PM Impact (and Careers)

“Product mistakes are good and should be celebrated.”  “You must secure quick wins in your first 90 days as a leader.”  “A surefire path to higher compensation is to secure a bigger title at your next job.”  In this talk, Shreyas will share why these commonly-held beliefs (and other similar ones) are not only false…
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How to Supercharge Your Offshore Product Teams

Why do companies often face crippling challenges when working with offshore, remote, and geographically dispersed teams?  All those challenges boil down to one core problem: the team’s effectiveness. How we make our teams as successful as possible, unleashing everyone’s creativity and productivity, depends on the culture we foster.  The companies that reap the greatest rewards…
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Product Professionals: Updating & Using Your Resume as Your Personal “Product Brochure”

We product managers and product marketers are typically so busy with our products that we often do not get around to managing our careers by marketing ourselves effectively. When did you last update your personal marketing document – your resume? With the pace of industry change, you can never be certain when role-changes and opportunities…
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