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ProductCamp Vancouver 2023

Welcome!

This year at ProductCamp we will have 3 types of sessions:

  1. Presentations (structured sharing of ideas or information to the audience)

  2. Panels

  3. Workshops 


To submit a session: check to see if your idea is already submitted, if not, go for it.

Creativity and diversity of backgrounds is very welcome!
Please select the type of session you are proposing, write a session title, description and a short blurb about the value you bring to the topic.

To vote: click on the appropriate button for a pre-submitted session that interests you.

You have 10 votes in total, ideally distributed across the different session types.
You can always redistribute your votes if a great session gets submitted after you’ve used all 10.  

How it works:

  • Mon, Feb 27: The most popular session will be shortlisted

  • Tue, Feb 28: Session leaders notified via email

  • Sat, March 4: Schedule is finalized and shared with participants


Don’t forget to register to attend at: https://www.productcampvancouver.org


See you at ProductCamp Vancouver!


Please note:

  • Anonymous sessions will be deleted

  • Each potential session leader is limited to two session proposals 

  • Ideas that are deemed inappropriate for ProductCamp will be flagged &/or deleted


ProductCamp Vancouver 2023

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  1. In 1985 Huey Lewis sang about the Power of Love and while love is powerful, it’s not exactly the vehicle in which PMs succeed in their jobs. A much greater vehicle is the ability to capture and understand context in order to more successfully be persuasive, be empathetic, and to better achieve your goals.

    PMs are frequently asked to put themselves into the shoes of their customers and to see things from their perspective yet not only can that be a struggle but understanding stakeholders and peers are often an even greater struggle leading to adversarial relationships loaded with conflict…

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    0 comments  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  2. Are you looking to improve your skills and knowledge in vendor evaluation for technology products?

    Look no further! I am excited to announce a workshop specifically designed for product managers working in technology, where we will delve into the importance of vendor evaluation and provide practical strategies for effectively assessing and selecting vendors for your products.

    During this workshop, you will learn about:

    • The key factors to consider when evaluating vendors
    • How to assess vendor capabilities and their importance
    • Best practices for negotiating and managing vendor contracts
    • Strategies for building and maintaining strong vendor relationships

    Our workshop will be led…

    9 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Workshop  ·  Admin →
  3. Are you tired of playing catch-up with competitors just to grow at the rate of inflation? Are you overwhelmed by the pressure from customers, bosses, and ultimately yourself to find a silver bullet that supercharges growth? Let’s talk.

    Join Kareem Shouhdy (Digital Product Manager, Aritzia) and Xiao Zhou (Advanced Analytics Lead, Best Buy) as they explore how to break away from the noise of data, customers, and our bosses to imagine truly disruptive solutions.

    Discover the secrets of successful disruptors at Polaroid, Disney, and a Dutch grocery store with a slow checkout lane. Learn how to think outside the box…

    44 votes
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  4. I would love to spend time with the brilliant minds in this community talking about advancing our craft.

    I've spent almost a decade trying to do just that in Vancouver. At startups, Hootsuite, Bench, and consulting.

    I 've long held the belief that we have a unique opportunity to leverage Vancouver's generally progressive, adventurous, and collaborative attitudes to build the world's best teams.

    With the current state of employment, many are merely looking for work; and yet, it's also an opportunity and constraint for those who are searching or already employed to think about "how do we do what we…

    2 votes
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  5. Involving engineers in product discovery.

    Poor use of their time? Nice idea in theory but hard to do in practice? Considered it but not sure how to get the most out of it?

    My name is Sarah Calascione, and I am a Product Director at Paystone. In this presentation, Engineering Director Eric Leong and I will answer the following questions:

    What does it mean to be a product-minded engineer?
    Is it really worth the cost of engineering time spent not coding?
    What are the tangible benefits of involving an engineer in product discovery?
    What can you start doing tomorrow to…

    6 votes
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  6. Anti-patterns are those nefarious sneaky processes we fall into that “look good” perhaps on the face, but when you dig into what’s actually happening, you spot the ways it’s fighting against your goal of customer value. This panel session will be interactive and include some anti-patterns we’ve seen across our careers as well as tactics we’ve tried to break out of them.

    Please feel free to bring anti-patterns you’ve spotted and the panel (and/or room) can add thoughts on things they’ve tried or would try.
    Feel free to bring patterns you’ve seen that you weren’t sure about and we’ll discuss…

    30 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Panel  ·  Admin →
  7. Products using Value Based Pricing outperform seat-based subscriptions and all other pricing models -- yet few companies make the switch. In this interactive session, you'll learn:

    • How to know if your product's pricing is truly value based (it likely isn't)
    • Why innovating your pricing is more important than adding new features
    • How to discover your customers' values so you can innovate effectively
    • How to convince execs to make the switch -- and become a PM hero

    Guarantee: You'll learn new ways to quickly & safely boost your profit

    Bio: Alan Albert has co-founded 3 startups, selling…

    20 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Workshop  ·  Admin →
  8. This workshop will involve a short presentation on the current state of Product Management Compensation in BC, followed by 2 breakout sessions. The breakout groups will discuss the best ways to research Product Compensation, Salary Transparency in your company, How to discuss compensation during the Interview process and How to talk to your leader about Compensation.

    Each Breakout group will be provided with an Icebreaker & Tips sheet to accelerate the conversation. Groups will organically form, and participants will have the opportunity to select their favourite topics. All current/aspiring Product Manager and hiring Managers are welcome!

    Ryan is a Sr.…

    39 votes
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  9. In this talk, I will provide an overview of my professional journey transitioning from a geomatics engineer to a product manager. I will share valuable insights and lessons learned throughout my tenure in the product management field, specifically my experiences at Telus and Amazon. The focus of the talk will be on the importance of building a customer-centric product. To achieve this, I will delve into key strategies for understanding customer needs through conducting user research, analyzing customer feedback and data, and implementing customer development principles. Additionally, I will discuss the importance of fostering a customer-centric culture within an organization,…

    29 votes
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  10. Are you a product manager or product leader working with a team of people to achieve something big together within your company?

    Are you looking to increase your product usage, satisfaction and overall company growth?

    Are you equally passionate about the health of your product people & the products that the teams build?

    In this collaborative presentation we will cover practical ways to ask, understand and apply what we learn about each other to build successful products together.

    Agenda

    • Who are these people?
    • How can we understand people better to build better products?
    • How do we measure success together?

    Looking…

    29 votes
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  11. Learn from some of the most successful women in Vancouver's product scene and join the discussion about challenges, advantages and opportunities in Product for women both upcoming and already established in their careers.

    What inspired these female leaders to enter the Product Management discipline and what did their journey getting there look like?

    What prior work and life experiences set these women up for success in Product?

    What excites them most about the Product practice today, new young leaders entering the field and what a fresh perspective from young women could mean for Product in the future?

    What has worked…

    56 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Panel  ·  Admin →
  12. My goal in this presentation is to convince you that behavioural science can improve your product, and to set you on the path to becoming a Behavioural Product Manager. Come and learn the framework used by Irrational Labs to apply behavioural science to product design. Irrational Labs was founded by Dan Ariely (author of Predictably Irrational) and is teaching this framework to the likes of Google, Lyft, Indeed and Microsoft.

    Some of the things you would learn:

    • Key principles of behavioural design
    • The 3Bs framework for applying behavioural design to your product
    • Some example cognitive biases that you can apply…
    30 votes
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  13. This session entails a mini-presentation followed by two breakouts:
    1) Responsible AI: how to implement and maintain it
    2) ChatGPT (trained with reinforcement learning): ideation on what we expect to emerge in the next 2 years.

    The breakout sessions will be 4-6(ish) people per group to discuss the topics and meet each other. We will change groups for the second breakout session so you can meet more people.

    While everyone is welcome, the target audience for this session is semi-technical (or technical) AI/ML product managers with a few years of experience who have already taken some AI/ML courses and want…

    43 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Workshop  ·  Admin →
  14. Every product and company needs a little bit of Intellectual Property love.

    Get it, with this overview and introduction to patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. Add just enough for your product or company to win.

    IP for you and your entire team.

    4 votes
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  15. entrepreneurship@UBC comes to Product Camp, so you can go to e@UBC!

    At entrepreneurship@UBC, or e@UBC, we bring entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills to UBC’s students, staff, faculty and alumni - as well as the startup companies and venture teams that they work with - providing them the opportunity to explore a future in entrepreneurship and innovation. As one of the top 40 research universities globally, UBC is strengthened by its rich bedrock of interdisciplinary collaborations across faculties and institutes that bring together entrepreneurial thinkers looking to drive impact through venture creation.

    Our Philosophy: The Venture-Centric Journey

    Over our cumulative years…

    7 votes
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  16. Let's talk about building platform products.
    - What is a platform capability?
    - Why should we staff a platform team?
    - How do platforms grow, evolve, and capture value?
    - What are some core principles for evaluating a platform opportunity?
    - How can platforms investments unlock leverage and optionality for your organization?

    The world's most powerful businesses are platforms leveraging ecosystem opportunities. "Leverage" is the key word: a platform can help you win big, or sink you. How do you navigate that fine line?

    Platform product management is a low-visibility high-impact role. You don't build user-facing features directly. Instead, you're…

    31 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  17. Growth at all costs is dead. So as we turn to more sustainable ways to grow ARR, we need to take a better look at focusing on what’s right in front of us - fostering a clear path for retention and revenue among our current customer base.

    This session will showcase examples where PMs/PMMs can drive value for customer-facing teams in evangelizing a clear path to success (and upsell/renewal opportunities) in 2023 including:

    • Evangelizing Product Narrative through Roadmaps & Webinars
    • Churn Mitigation Strategies
    • Onboarding & User Flows
    • Data Analysis & Customer Insights

    Bio: Kevin Chan and Saurabh Khurana are part…

    21 votes
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  18. How do you assess multiple opportunities to choose an ideal beachhead market for your product, project, or your startup?

    Chang Han is an investor, entrepreneur, consultant, and university instructor and has worked with hundreds of startups and SME's. He will provide a real-life example of an innovative hardware product that had too many promising market opportunities but too few biz dev, sales, engineering, and operational support staff. The potential ensuing market launch paralysis was overcome by applying a multi-factor product launch projection analysis that can be used for any hardware, or software product launch, or even for an entire startup.

    9 votes
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  19. If you're a product manager, you ABSOLUTELY need to be building a personal brand. And LinkedIn may just be your best platform bet.

    Hi, I'm Lena Sesardic. 👋 And since 2020, I've built a personal brand on LinkedIn that's gotten me:

    -20+ job offers at companies like Reddit, Gartner, Microsoft
    -30+ speaking gigs, podcast interviews, panel discussions
    -A request to contribute to the curriculum for a Product Management course at King's College London
    -6+ freelance writing clients
    -Tonnes of clients for my past & current businesses
    -An engaged audience I can tap for insights & feedback whenever I want

    ...it's…

    41 votes
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  20. How is Product Management different, when working with Machine Learning (ML) projects and applied science teams? What are the best ways to learn about the field, break into product roles in ML or even vet and propose projects for your current employer?

    Polly Allen spent the last 3 years as a Principal PM at Alexa AI, where she led the launch of Alexa's first machine-generated responses in 2020 (using models like those underlying GPT-3 and ChatGPT). In this presentation she'll outline how machine learning is changing the product management role, and how to stay up to date, illustrating with stories…

    22 votes
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