Yes, they are, but many of us, on all levels of the organization, confuse one with the other. This creates disservice to the focus of both roles, that of the Project Manager and the Product Manager. Another point of contention is which organization is better geared to success, the Project centered or the Product centered? 

In this workshop we will explore through hands-on exercises:

  • What are the differences between Product and Project Management?
  • Which mindset is better for agile technology product companies?

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

[5 min] Introduction

[5 min] Exercise 1: sort and identify different aspects of a process to build a software product into either Product or Project buckets (start, finish, risk, discovery, users, requirements, market fit, resources, critical path, etc) 

[10 min] What is a Project - definition

[10 min] What is a Product - definition

[5 min] Present use case for the following exercises: You are tasked to build the Canadian COVID Alert app which checks around you for other confirmed COVID-19 users, using the Bluetooth interface.

[15 min] Exercise 2: Use Project mindset to develop a plan to start, develop, and release the app.

  • Participants can decide to work on their own plan OR stay with the facilitator and build a plan together.

[5 min] Review one of the project plans (volunteer from the audience) 

[15 min] Exercise 3: For the same app, use the Product mindset to develop a plan to start, develop, and release the app.

  • Participants can decide to work on their own plan OR stay with the facilitator and build a plan together.

[5 min] Review one of the plans (volunteer from the audience) 

[10 min] Compare the two plans

[5 min] Conclusion

Learning Outcome

  • Identify what are the differences between Project and Product management
  • Tell which situation is suitable for each 
  • Identify which situations in agile tech product development is appropriate for each

Target Audience

Product Owners, Product Managers, Project Managers, Team Members, Leaders, CEO, COO

Prerequisites for Attendees

Since it is remove - be able to use PowerPoint or another simple tool to draw simple flows

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