Hi everyone - Alan here. I've been fairly silent for quite a while, so I thank Saeed for his continued writing.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at this year's Product Camp Silicon Valley! There are so many interesting sessions, I thought I would list a few that I recommend you attend (and vote on!):
- Why would anyone want to hire you? (Barb Nelson of Pragmatic Marketing): I heard Barb speak on this topic at Product CampSeattle, and I was very impressed. She recommends that you think of your professional self as a product that people are buying ... and this will help you think about what your buyer wants and needs, rather than the feature/function on your resume. Barb is an engaging speaker, and normally people pay big bucks to hear her speak.
- Agile product managers: how agile changes waterfall PM processes and thinking (Agile PM guru Rich Mironov): Rich groks the intersection of agile and PM better than anyone that I know, and he is a stellar speaker. I heard him speak on this topic at PCamp New York City last summer, and it was awesome. Rich isn't a theoretician ... he's a practitioner and he can help you make it happen.
- PM as a strategic asset and Why product launches go bad by Tom Grant of Forrester: Tom Grant is the only full-time analyst I know dedicated to product management, and a good friend of OnProductManagment.net.
I will also be speaking ... you can find my proposals here:
- Credibility and Authority in Product Management: Stop complaining about your lack of authority, and do something about it. I offer strategies to assess and improve your personal impact.
- What do buyers really want?: If you want to improve product results, you need to look beyond product features and investigate the whole buying process. I will offer practical strategies to pinpoint the bottlenecks in your revenue stream and continuously improve it. Hint: It's heavily based on buyer interviews and Win/Loss Analysis! I teach you how to do it yourself.
This will be my sixth product camp this year, and I keep going to them because I love the interactions, networking, and I always get new ideas.
Please stop me in the hall and say hello!