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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. 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…

    79 votes
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  2. If you're thinking about, or have made the jump to become a Product Lead, Group Product Manager, or Director, what does the role look like?

    There's a lot of stuff out there about Product Management. Not a lot about making the jump to Product Leadership.

    Takeaways from this session:
    1. What does Product Leadership mean?
    2. How do Product Leaders support their teams?
    3. How do Product Leaders support the organization?
    4. How do Product Leaders show up for their teams?
    5. What are some useful tools to help you decide if going into Product Leadership is the right move,…

    73 votes
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  3. 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…

    68 votes
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  4. 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…

    61 votes
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  5. 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…

    56 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  6. 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…
    54 votes
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  7. If the idea gets picked, I will go over:

    • What is a B2B2C Product Manager?
    • How is it different from B2B and B2C Product Management?
    • How to succeed as B2B2C Product Manager?
    • Success metrics you can use to measure success.
    • How to get access to users directly.

    Bio:
    I am a product leader who started my career as a software engineer then transitioned to consulting, sales engineering and then product. I manage a portfolio of products and lead a team of five talented product managers at PDFTron.

    https://andreysafonov.com/

    50 votes
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  8. In most organizations, teams have to plan long-term. Products are complex and can take many months, even years, to build. Partners or customers need time to plan for and adapt to new product functionality based on committed dates often many months in the future. Legislation changes have to be addressed by specific, non-negotiable dates. There are many reasons why product development may have to be planned and committed to a long time in the future. How do we reconcile the short-term 'today' view of agile delivery teams with the long-term strategic needs of stakeholders?

    Product owners and teams get around…

    49 votes
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  9. 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…

    45 votes
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  10. 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,…

    41 votes
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  11. Hi everyone my name is John Schaub I am CPO at a Fintech startup.

    In this presentation I'll share some insights on how you can work with your team to evaluate options and make better decisions. We'll talk about how you can avoid group think, control HiPPOs, work past dissenting opinions and arrive at something like consensus.

    Bio: I've held a number of senior Product roles and served on multiple boards including as chair.

    41 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  12. 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…

    38 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  13. Are you ready to take on the challenge of a hackathon with 6000+ teams? Hackathons offer a unique opportunity to solve real-world problems, collaborate with new people, and bring your ideas to life in a short period of time. But with so many teams competing, how can you ensure your team comes out on top? In this talk, we'll explore the key strategies:

    1. What makes a great hackathon
    2. How to come up with (or select) the right idea
    3. Who to have on your team
    4. How to get people excited to join your team
    5. Why you should prepare in advance of…
    36 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  14. 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…

    33 votes
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  15. 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…

    28 votes
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  16. Having a dedicated space for customers and prospects to interact with each other can be provide great insights into when an existing product is not meeting the needs of the market OR when our product is focusing on features that are not a priority in the market.

    How do, we, as PMs get customers/prospects interested in collaborating with us (without them necessarily knowing they are doing it)

    I will cover the following topics:

    1. How to gather customers into a dedicated space?
    2. Aggregating feedback or conversation trends
    3. Rewriting feedback/conversations into suggested ideas
    4. Prioritizing suggested ideas and collaborating in customers to build…
    16 votes
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  17. Hello everyone, my name is Ling He and I am a senior program manager in Microsoft. I am also a TEALS volunteer (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/teals) and "Hour Of Code" event organizer (https://code.org/hourofcode2022).

    I would like to share my experience on how to run successful CS education programs, and get support from schools.

    As younger generations are born into and raised in a technologically advanced society, today’s students understand that computer science will be crucial for their careers and lives.We have an opportunity to engage students in this increasingly important subject.

    The structure will be:

    1. The background of CS…
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  18. With Apple widely expected to introduce AR glasses this spring, Google working on competing products and Microsoft already offering the HL. AR/XR will be a new frontier of computing that promise to unlock immense value for business and consumers alike.

    With new computing paradigms comes a need for rethinking product quality. My talk will go through the differences in designing software for AR vs traditional mobile/desktop software, based on my experience building enterprise AR software for the HoloLens.

    10 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Presentation  ·  Admin →
  19. From ideation to planning to execution, what are the things you should think about when crafting a cohort-based educational product?

    I will cover these main topics:

    1. Choosing the topic
    2. Crafting the message
    3. Creating the curriculum
    4. Delivering the educational experience
    5. Monetizing for the long-term

    Bio: Randy Epp is the Product Director at Musora Media which is home to the Drumeo, Guitareo, Pianote, and Singeo brands. Part media company, and part online education platform, Musora, focuses on making it easier to play the songs you love by combining great teachers, organized lessons, and practical technology with student-centered communities. In the past 5…

    9 votes
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  20. 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…

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