Keynotes & Talks

ProductCamp is an unconference event where the session topics are submitted & run by conference participants. See the list of topics submitted so far:

  • DRIVENxDESIGN – We’re past the tipping point – leading organisations are now DRIVENxDESIGN – time to move from advocating to operations. A discussion with design giants who are accelerating transformation and product. Peer learning of what’s driving success – the small tweaks that bring huge results. – Mark Bergin
  • What do development teams need from their product managers? A group discussion – For most product managers in the IT industry, an important part of the role is working with development teams. This will be a brief presentation leading into a group discussion on how product managers can be an asset to their development teams and have those teams be at their most effective. – Daniel Kinal
  • You can prototype anything – For product managers, prototypes help you de-risk big decisions, allowing you to make lots of small bets to test early ideas and to decide where and how to allocate your precious resources. In this hands-on workshop, we will be going through a rapid prototyping session – from setting a challenge question, to creating a hypothesis, to ideating, prototyping, and pulling insights and learnings from that prototype. – Jes Simson
  • When do we kill a product? – We are obsessed with launching new and more exciting features. We’re passionate at launch is the shiniest thing we do. But what about the dark side? When is it time to exit that product? What is the trigger? How should we do it? What are the sorts of things we should do? – Steve Bauer
  • Developing your product dashboard – An interactive workshop to develop your product portfolio metrics. Learn and develop actionable metrics which will help you actively manage product and market outcomes. – Amanda Ralph
  • Using agile decision processes for New Product Development – To build alignment to the best outcome, new product development decisions need to be made with greater clarity and commitment. This can be of considerable difficulty, especially as they are largely driven by political pressures and hierarchical processes. However, it does not have to be that way. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how product decisions can be made using a Decision Dialogue Process. This provide an iterative and agile framework that builds in alignment and quality from the beginning. Such processes are used by companies such as HP, DuPont Pioneer, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, and Scholle Packaging. – Scott Evans
  • B2B vs B2C Product Management – What organizational differences (tools, techniques, teams, roles & responsibilities, culture, artefacts,…) are there in managing B2B products (customers are companies) vs B2C ones (customers are individuals)? Where customers are paying entities, not users. – Giancaro Sponza
  • Decluttering, decommissioning and the final no – At the end of last year my entire life ended up in a storage unit. Every time I opened the door I would be overwhelmed. What was all this stuff? Why was it here? Why do I own 5 umbrellas. I was living just fine without any of it so why did I own any of it? And so I became obsessed with researching minimalism and decluttering. But don’t worry this isn’t the story about how I got rid of all my things.As my research became more intense I started to see the truth of decluttering everywhere. Less choice makes life easier, smoother and more rewarding. So why was I forcing millions of choices on my customers?!Over the last few months I have been exploring the principles of decluttering and minimalism in product management. I started my career as a product manager by decommissioning a product but as I got to work on bigger things I seemed to have forgotten this part of the product lifecycle. When you are surrounded by literally millions of great ideas, hundreds of product features and so many backlog items it makes your head hurt, how do you declutter your choices? And on top of that, when you have spent the time, resources, blood sweat and tears into building something that is still used how do you decide to turn it off for the greater good? – Katherine Bartlett
  • Making Product work in a Project world – As an Agile Product Owner or Product Manager, you’d like to release small product increments to your customers, early and often, experimenting, measuring and adapting as you go.But what if you’re working in an enterprise with a Big Project mentality that wants all the answers up front?From pre-funding to beyond release, we’ll be looking how Product and Project approaches differ, how to do Product effectively within the constraints of a Project context, and how to foster a Product mindset in your organisation.This is a participatory workshop – we’re looking for Product Owners and Product Managers who are in the Enterprise/Big Project trenches, who want to share their experience and learn from others.- Craig Drayton
  • What can you learn from the way a Venture Capitalist makes product decisions? – To build the best products that gain the most traction in the market, many high-stake decisions need to be made during the development process before a decision to invest is made. You can make these based upon initial perceptions and internal KPIs, though this is unlikely to help you manage all of the uncertainty you will need to face. This is the value of thinking like a Venture Capitalist, who strive to maximise the value that they can generate, use very iterative decision making processes, and seek to optimise product fit to get the most out of the investment that they will make. – Scott Evans
  • Should you use customer retention to drive product development? – You are seeking to drive growth by focusing on core business, but some gaps start to emerge when you review your capabilities with your most valuable customers. You want to influence these customers to buy more products and services, but you are worried that your value proposition may not be as strong as it needs to be. Whose responsibility is it to decide that core business activities need to be revised to fill this gap to starve off the competition? Join this session to find out what you can do to overcome this problem. – Scott Evans
  • Back to Basics; Product Management at a Startup Incubator – From leading product management at multi-million dollar marketplace, to introducing product management to a Startup Incubator – a lot has changed for me in the past year. Hear about the challenges of working for a new CEO every week, keeping a first product under 200 hours and how we’re using data to drive decisions. – Claire Sawyers
  • Are the tools you are using to make product decisions effective enough? – With the advent of the Internet, advanced analytics, and mobile technology, the way organisations make decisions is shifting rapidly, though this is not without a good fight to keep the status quo. One of the fundamental differences is the advantage organisations are gaining by making evidence based data driven decisions. This is sweeping through organisations at a rapid pace as they all seek to drive more efficient practices that eliminate waste. However, whilst great advances are being made with day-to-day decision-making, many business leaders still struggle to gain visibility on the risk and uncertainty that is happening at the boundaries of their organisations capabilities. Join this session to learn how you can integrate more advanced decision tools with agile decision making practices to be more effective. – Scott Evans
  • Can you create more valuable products by making better decisions? – Whilst it is really important that business leaders stick to their strengths to drive their organisation forward, it is also equally important to invest in new capabilities as markets evolve to remain competitive into the future. Too much focus on the certainty of today will prevent organisations from making necessary commitments about the future, impacting the ability of the organisation to sustain their value proposition in the market. This session will help you identify what you can do to improve the quality of decisions that you are making. – Scott Evans
  • Should you be creating a more valuable portfolio to reduce risk? – Using a portfolio approach is a very effective way to create value within an organisation, where risks and uncertainties can be hedged against each other to make the overall situation risk neutral. Difficulties arise when too much emphasis is given towards resourcing and scheduling, rather than to remain focused on identifying the best opportunities to be pursued within a portfolio. In this session will learn to understand how you can use a more strategic approach when managing your product portfolio. – Scott Evans
  • Are you focusing on what is important when making key product decisions? – The pressure of getting high-stake decisions right can keep people from focusing on what is important. It may be continuously deferred to a later time because it is too difficult to solve, or alternatively be made in the moment because it felt like the right thing to do. As neither of these approaches is likely to result in the best outcome possible, we need to find new ways to deal with such dilemmas in a more rational way. – Scott Evans
  • How can you use politics to your advantage when making product decisions?– With the advent of new technology innovations, new business models are emerging that allow decision makers to do more with less. As a result, decision makers are faced with the need to implement larger transformation initiatives more often, generating more conflict and higher stake decisions. Such decisions can make or break a career, requiring a strong leader to overcome a highly political environment to facilitate the change needed for the organisation to retain its competitive position in the market. – Scott Evans
  • Bringing Physical Products into the World –  workshop will explore designing for a physical products’ whole lifecycle, through the lens of designing a humble greeting card. In the process, we’ll explore the highs and lows of bringing a physical product into the world – from learning how to iterate and pivot when you’re shipping a physical product, to designing products that will survive the manufacturing process, through to producing a product that can be shipped across Australia’s 7.7 million km’s squared without breaking the bank. Of course there are exceptions to every rule! – Jes Simson
  • Scaling Lean start up at your organisation – I have just had a chance to read Eric Ries’ Leaders Guide and run through the content at a workshop. I will run a session to talk about what it really means to use Lean at your organisation effectively and are you doing it on your own or have you got support. – Liz Blink
  • What is innovation? – discussion session. Will be looking for willing panellists. to be facilitated – Liz Blink
  • Product Manager vs. Product Owner debate – discussion session. To be facilitated – Adrienne Tan
  • How do I get into product management? – panel session with product leaders – to be facilitated – Steve Bauer

One of the exceptions is the keynotes. We arrange the keynote sessions as an opportunity to hear from leaders in our community and discipline. It is a dedicated presentation time with no other sessions going on. – 

2016 Keynote session 1: Influencing with stories – Shawn Callahan

2016 Keynote session 2: Organisational agility + product alignment to drive innovation – Craig Rees


For information on previous years, see the list of speakers and talks for 2015201420132012, 2011, 2010.