Black Swan Farming

Product Management with Cost of Delay – Greece – March 2017

Two-day course in Athens, Greece, with Özlem Yüce.

When: 22 & 23 March 2017 (2 days duration course)
Early Bird Price: €600  + VAT / person (until 28 February 2017) – Use code EARLYBIRD at checkout
Normal Price: €650  + VAT / person

Product Management and Product Ownership are incredibly difficult roles. The easy part is handling the jargon and strange terms that Product Managers and Product Owners face. The hard part is helping the team navigate an ocean of options, in a fast-changing complex environment.

Rather than trying to control the waves, our workshop is designed to give Product Managers and Product Owners the understanding and skills you need to learn how to surf. We’ve done this in lots of different organisations from Fortune 500 companies and public sector organisations to early stage startups. We don’t just talk about this stuff, we do it for real and we are always learning better ways of doing it as we go. We want to help others do it too – to ride the waves of change.

There are 4 key skills that Product Owners or Product Managers need to have:

Managing Demand

To succeed in product development, product owners need to help the team focus. In an ocean seemingly full of urgent and important options, there will be some very high Cost of Delay opportunities. It’s all too easy to get distracted and confused – and miss the opportunity. Through our education we equip product owners with the skills and techniques to be able to handle demanding customers, users and other stakeholders.

Breaking down work

Even when we know which outcomes we’re shooting for, there are hundreds of different paths we could take when delivering products. And all of those potential journeys start with a first step. We don’t just want to choose any path, or any first step, we want to get to users quickly and maximise the amount of learning along the way. Breaking down work to small enough pieces to improve flow and visibility key to this. We will teach effective tools for slicing problems and solutions.

Forecasting & Roadmaps

Often, before the starting gun has even fired there are a bunch of people asking: “So, how much do you think this is going to cost? And, when do you think it will be done?”

Some will say this is unknowable; that any response is a guess at best, and a lie at worst. But when you’re trying to make investment decisions, or if you have other dependencies to plan for, these are perfectly reasonable questions that a good product owner will be able to handle. In our education program we will cover various techniques for product owners to be able to answer these questions.

Building Quality Products

Product ownership today is less about planning and execution, it is much more about how quickly you can learn what works and what doesn’t. Product Owners in particular need to understand that quality is primarily a function of how fast your feedback loops are. The most important of these is fast and clear feedback from the users. But it goes much deeper too. We will equip product owners with the right skill to implement new feedback loops as well as increase the speed of existing feedback loops to drive quality.

Learning outcomes

You will learn how to:

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