Sessions

NOTE: Voting for ProductCamp Vancouver 2020 is now closed! Selected session leaders will be informed via email.

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From here, you can submit a session idea you'd like present. Be creative, the only limitation is your imagination.
To submit a session: start by typing into the search feature. If you are leading a session, please include a short bio about yourself along with your session description. 

Be sure and specify in your description whether you are volunteering to lead the session, or if you are suggesting a session you’d like to attend.

To vote: click on the appropriate button on the session already submitted which interests you.

You have 10 votes in total. You can always redistribute your votes if a great session gets submitted after you’ve used all 10.

This year, sessions will be voted on and confirmed before the conference begins.

How it works:
  • Wednesday February 12: Potential session leaders can begin submitting ideas online and voting begins.
  • Thursday February 27th, 11:59pm: The most popular sessions will be selected.
  • Friday February 28th, 9:00am: Selected session leaders will be contacted in the morning to prepare for their sessions.
  • Saturday March 7, 8:00am: Conference agenda will be posted at the conference and available online.

Don’t forget to register to attend at: http://www.productcampvancouver.org. See you at ProductCamp Vancouver!

Please note:
  • Each potential session leader is limited to two session proposals. This is to encourage maximum participation by all interested session leaders. We reserve the right to select topics and sessions to ensure a wide representation of themes.
  • Anonymous sessions will be deleted

Sessions

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  1. Effective ways for prioritizing product backlog
    A practical MoSCoW method.
    Find ways to make each iteration add value to your business by right prioritization and backlog pruning.

    Experienced in product conceptualization and launch in startups and in leading product firms including IBM and Microsoft.

    Bio: http://linkedin.com/in/nagav

    124 votes
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  2. “I love giving negative feedback at work,” said no one ever

    How we give and receive feedback can have an outsized impact on our ability to grow professionally, and help others level up. If you have ever struggled with negative feedback in any capacity, we want to arm you with the tools to speak your mind fluidly and effectively.

    In this session, we’ll explore how you can use feedback to amplify your organizational influence across departments and within your own functions. Expect to hear a combination of best practice concepts, and case studies based on our own experiences (the good…

    114 votes
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  3. The dream of the true product model in a large size corporation, with tiny iterations and tight feedback loops is regularly hampered by the need to prove the return on investment at a project level before any work has begun. Projects end, but products don't, so how do we fund this way of working when funding is traditionally pre-planned?
    In this session, Khaleel Amarshi and Laura Peacock, Senior Product Managers at Best Buy Canada will share how this nut has been cracked, and the journey to get there at Best Buy Canada.

    105 votes
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  4. High performing product teams have many challenges to overcome. Rapidly changing markets, disruption from competitors, and a limited talent pool. In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore how product teams can boost their existing strategy and remove growth bottlenecks.

    Specifically, we will talk about:

    -Deconstructing how product-led companies operate
    -How being data-driven can lead to worse decisions despite your best intentions
    -How to develop your own growth framework instead of copying hacks from other companies
    -Using tool stacks to accelerate growth while saving thousands/millions

    The goal is to spend 30 - 60 minutes working through tangible challenges you're currently…

    101 votes
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  5. Setting goals is important, whether for a company, a department, or a product. Cohesive, measurable goals can help rally teams, align stakeholders, and help drive focused execution.
    In this session we'll cover:
    - How to create a goal framework in support of your vision or mission
    - Defining good goals
    - Using OKRs to ensure you remain focused on your goals
    This session will include practical insights from TELUS Digital's approach to goal setting that ensures alignment of objectives from the corporate scorecard, to departmental goals, to individual team member quarterly goal setting.
    Presented by Filip Machat, Chief of Staff…

    90 votes
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  6. Join a discussion in creating Empowered Product Teams and a look at Product roles within Agile & Scrum teams. We'll dive deep into the true definition of an Empowered Product Team versus a Feature / Project Team and how Product Teams can be empowered and held accountable to their area of focus within a Product.

    Format:
    30 min presentation, followed by an interactive game and a Q & A session.

    Bio:
    Partho Ghosh is Vancouver-based Product Leader and Growth-Stage Consultant with over a decade of experience in B2B SaaS & eCommerce.

    Partho has led the charge in helping numerous companies…

    89 votes
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  7. Whether it’s reporting metrics incorrectly, burning bridges with the CFO, missing deadlines, writing shit business cases, or not giving good feedback, I’ve successfully failed at every aspect of being a Product Leader. In this frank talk I’ll share my dumb mistakes (find out who’s ripped on me in public and private), sum them into practical insights based on ludicrous metaphors, and arm you with food for thought for each step of your career. Come for the failure to launch, stay for the foul language, and walk out a better PM.

    About the Speaker: In his first PM gig, Eric Bin,…

    83 votes
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  8. Wiki, Product Brief, One Pager... this incredibly important document has many shapes and forms but its purpose remains the same. That is to frame, scope, and communicate a customer problem to engineering and leadership teams.

    In this session, Gabriel Hernandez, Product Manager @ j2 Global will explore critical elements that can Make or Break your One Pager and how that could impact your Product.

    Bio: https://linkedin.com/in/gabriel-hsa

    83 votes
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  9. Should Product Marketing sit in Product or Marketing? Do they deliver on business inputs or outputs? How do Product Marketing and Product Management work together? The answers to these questions are critical to defining the value a Product Marketing team can deliver to a business.

    In this talk, Tamara Grominsky, Director of Product Marketing at Unbounce, will demonstrate how defining the right mandate can transform a Product Marketing team into your company’s best growth strategists and build alignment and impact across the organization.

    76 votes
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  10. There's a lot of advice given to people who are just starting out or are looking for a Product Manager job. While often well-intentioned, some of the advice is pure myth.

    This session is to help anyone that is new(ish) to Product Management to understand what really matters when starting off as a Product Manager, and what you can choose to ignore.

    Format:
    - 30-minute formal (but not so formal, really) presentation followed by a 15-minute group discussion. I want to hear from the participants whether you agree or disagree and why. It's not scary, I promise 🙂
    - Lunch…

    53 votes
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  11. What makes up a GTM strategy? Which team has a say in it? What sort of metrics should we be looking at? Which team should lead GTM? Is it product, product marketing, marketing, sales, or an internal strategy team?

    Let’s discuss what ideal looks like versus what’s practical. I’ll be sharing my experience in being part of a global cross-functional team that launched a game-changing solution for one of the world’s largest social networks, and how one of the largest Asian telcos branched out into mobile commerce with a cross-functional team.

    Led by: Yvonne Chow
    LinkedIn: https://LinkedIn.com/in/yvonnechow

    49 votes
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  12. Both the proliferation of data and the advancements in machine learning to analyze various forms of data are accelerating. There has become an increasing need in some companies to make sense of the data they have and how to effectively yield it. The goal of this interactive session is to discuss how to be an effective data science PM and launch great products. People new data science, as well as seasoned professionals, are welcome to join!


    • What is data science and machine learning? (and why the hype)

    • How to become a data science PM

    • Identifying a proof of concept

    • To…
    45 votes
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  13. How do you compete against office dogs? How to attract talent without offering catered lunches and office beverages? Why did a university partner with Shopify to close an education gap in tech and product management?
    Learn about how large and small teams can hire and attract star talent and compete in the talent space. What will be covered:
    - Showcasing your culture above your product
    - How to identify "fit" in a team and a workplace
    - How to partner with educators to recruit early and shape skill development

    Michael is a Product Manager at TELUS and helps lead recruiting…

    38 votes
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  14. Despite the attention grabbing title, this is a serious topic that impacts every PM out there.

    The expectation of CEOs/founders is often on Product Managers to deliver business outcomes. But with the evolution of 'Empowered Product Teams,' where the PM, designer and developers all share responsibility for product success, should PMs still feel the internal weight of accountability on their shoulders? What does product accountability look like for you in your organization today? What lessons can PMs learn from other systems of incentives and accountability (e.g. politics, sports etc) on who is ultimately accountable for delivering results and success? And…

    37 votes
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  15. Have you ever run workshops and design sprints that were super insightful, but “what do we do with this” or “what happens next” looms afterwards?

    Between Lean Canvases, Design Sprints, Ideo Toolkits, Service Blueprints, etc., Invoke has adopted the workshopping mindset internally, with founders, new ventures, and enterprises for the last 5 years when approaching product discovery and ideation.

    We recognize that workshops can happen sporadically or in silos, causing the outcomes to lie dormant afterwards. We’ve “hacked” a method and format that threads the flow of activity components (empathy maps, user/biz goals, how might we, journey maps, etc) together…

    36 votes
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  16. When a company is in startup mode, there's always too much work and too little time. Efficiency and economy are key, and prioritization must be ruthless. So, where does Product Marketing fit in, especially when there may not be a dedicated role? What's a necessity and what can wait? In this talk, we will look at how to squeeze the most value out of this essential function—and how Product Managers can add this capability to their roster of skills.

    About the Speaker: Britt is the Chief Growth Officer at Kinzoo, an early-stage kidtech startup based in Vancouver. She champions cohesive,…

    36 votes
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  17. Are you wondering how to get into the industry? Have you recently landed a role in product?

    Come on by for some group therapy on how to land that first role. While we do have some speakers lined up, we welcome additional stories and advice from those who have made the transition into product! We also want to hear the challenges you are having breaking in so we can develop some solutions together. The session will have minimal slides and lots of open dialogue.

    We will cover the main routes into becoming a PM plus some non-traditional means.

    Speakers:
    -…

    35 votes
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  18. If you’re just following (closing the gap on) your competitors, how do you get ahead, instead of just try and stay close with your competition? If you’re the market leader, how do you get ahead of the market and uncover the next unanticipated direction in the market?

    This discussion centres on ideas around product ideation and discovery, challenging us to think about ideation and discovery in terms of experts and crowds. We will look at different approaches we might use to evolve your understanding of requirements and to uncover unarticulated needs - those unknown unknowns that make strong product offerings…

    33 votes
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  19. I led an innovation lab at a tech company in Vancouver for 6 months, and would like to share my experience around this as well as the very lean, customer-centric and scientific framework that we developed. We came up with an innovative product idea with this very framework, so it truly works!

    Format: 45min presentation with simple PowerPoint, followed by a Q&A where I am happy to answer any questions and provide clear pointers on how you can implement this framework yourself.

    Bio: Came to Vancouver in 2009 to study Economics at UBC, and found my way into product by…

    33 votes
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  20. The veritable buzz around Artificial Intelligence stealing jobs; the rising risks from lapses in cybersecurity leading to hacking incidents; data security being questioned at every stage in a simple app download- At what point do these stop being headlines and start creating an impact on your product?

    Join the discussion on how we, in our various product teams, can gain from assessing the evolving technology landscape, broadening our scope outside of just our product and industry and ride the tide of fast-paced technological changes.

    About me:
    Aditi Choudhary is a Product Manager at Lambda Solutions in Vancouver. A former consultant…

    28 votes
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