• Liked Tathagat Varma
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    Design Thinking Vs. Lean Startup: Friends or Foes?

    Tathagat Varma
    Tathagat Varma
    schedule 2 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    In recent years, two similar-sounding but distinct approaches to product discovery have emerged: Design Thinking and Lean Startup. Most of the literature and experience reports refer to one of them, with similar frequency, without really giving much guidance on when to use which one of these approaches. This creates a confusion whether one is using the right approach. While a method must not be used for the sake of using a method, it is important to understand why, if at all, a given approach is likely to be more effective in a given context.

    In this talk, I will compare and contrast these two approaches and address the following key questions:

    1. Why do we have two (or more) approaches to product discovery?
    2. What, if any, are the fundamental differences between these two approaches? 
    3. How can I decide which approach is likely to work better in a given situation?

    The talk will focus on contemporary literature, expert guidance, industry data points, and author's own experiences, and will provide action guidance for the practitioners to apply in their daily work. 

  • Alexandra West
    Alexandra West
    schedule 4 months ago
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    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Do strong personalities dominate your development team? Are code reviews painful? Are you blindly following orders from a backlog, or are you learning from observation?

    Visual Thinking Strategies, or VTS, is a cross-disciplinary technique applicable to anyone working in a collaborative setting where observation is key. VTS develops critical thinking skills by viewing and discussing works of art in a group. It is backed by over 30 years of field research showing its effectiveness and accessibility. By allowing individuals to talk about art - without needing a background in the field - VTS advances skills you can use to create more relevant products and stronger teams: Observing, Brainstorming, Speculating, Reasoning with Evidence, Cultivating a Point of View, and Revision & Elaboration.

    During this interactive exercise, we’ll discuss selected works of art as a group. There are no right answers or group consensus being sought. We’re creating an environment and process for looking, thinking, reasoning and revision - skills that are mission-critical to anyone working in a software design or development role. After our group discussion, participants will learn the basics of image selection and facilitating VTS sessions within their own organizations. In addition to the above, we'll cover how VTS can help you and your team with the following: Comfort with Ambiguity, Openness to the Unfamiliar, Civil Debate, and Willingness to Participate in Group Thinking.

  • Liked Jeremy Kriegel
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    The Fast Foundation Workshop - Setting up Projects for Success

    Jeremy Kriegel
    Jeremy Kriegel
    schedule 4 months ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Once upon a time, we had ‘Discovery’, ‘Define’, and ‘Design’. These phases let us explore the problem and the audience, while conceiving a holistic solution. Now we have sprints, complete with a backlog that seems like it appears overnight and a development team that is going to build with or without design to guide it. How do we continue to create great products?

    Introducing the Fast Foundation Workshop. This 1-day workshop enables you to engage your clients and stakeholders to quickly define the key elements of your product or project, aligns the team, and identifies critical risks. When it is complete, everyone has a good idea of what is going to be built as well as what it will take to get there. It has been tested with companies of all sizes, from founders looking to conceptualize their first product, to large companies redesigning existing products, as well as across verticals. Its general enough to be used in a wide variety of circumstances while specific enough to ensure that you get specific, usable results.

    The Fast Foundation Workshop consists of 4 exercises, each one designed to pivot the team’s perspective on the product, while drilling down to greater levels of detail. Each stage of the Fast Foundation Workshop balances democratic content generation with collaborative consensus. You may be familiar with some of the individual exercises, but the magic is in how each is conducted and in how they fit together. The workshop starts with establishing clear goals & priorities, then moves to defining possible users of the product. Next, we shift to a task perspective, mapping the activities those user will need to accomplish to meet the goals, before visualizing key areas of the solution. When these four areas are clear, everyone involved will have a shared understanding of the vision as well as have a clear way to identify risks and mitigate them.

    This workshop will introduce leaders of any kind, from product owners and scrum masters, to UX and development leads, to each of the exercises, show how they fit together, give you some tips on how to facilitate them with your team, and enable you to experience the whole process via a demo project. With this experience, you will be prepared to run a Fast Foundation workshop with your own team.

  • Nate Clinton
    Nate Clinton
    schedule 3 months ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Now that we talk to our computers, what new possibilities and tradeoffs (and business models) will emerge? Today's "digital assistants" are relatively weak, but hint at an evolution in our way of living and working and transacting. In this session, we'll explore the current state of conversational interfaces, speculate about the future of the intelligent assistant, and point to how humans will play a role that new world.

  • Liked Sumit Mehra
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    Product Design

    Sumit Mehra
    Sumit Mehra
    schedule 4 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Product design is essentially an efficient and effective generation and development of ideas through a process that leads to new products. Well "isn't that Product Management" or simply "Design"?

    So the one that does this is a Product Designer?

    Our industry loves coming up with new terms, I don't really know whether I'm a Project Manager, a Program Manager, a Product Manager or a Product Designer. 

    In this session, we will talk about two things - The Person who want's to create a Product and The World who may or may not want it. We will break these down into smaller and simpler pieces that connects with each other to give what we call as "core product value". 

    Product Designer in today's brave new world is like a Jedi, come and spend 40 minutes and see if you can be the next Jedi.

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