ProductTank Sydney: Building Product Teams / Martin Eriksson & Barry O’Reilly

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========== Talk #1: Building Kick-Ass Product Teams ==========

In order to build products people love in today’s fast-moving world we need to be experts on everything from design to engineering to machine learning. Since no one person can have all those skills it’s critical that we stop worrying about titles and build cross-functional teams who combine all this knowledge and experience with the autonomy to execute. In this talk Martin will show the benefits of thinking cross-functionally and how to build and set up teams for success this way.

About Martin

Martin Eriksson is a product leader, speaker, author, and expert in product practices gleaned over 25 years experience building products and product teams in multiple markets and industries.

He has worked his way through the ins-and-outs of companies of various sizes, including The Financial Times, Monster (building the first SaaS offering there in 2004), Huddle, Covestor, and Cazoo. He literally wrote the book on Product Leadership, and currently serves as the CPO-in-residence at EQT Ventures, one of Europe’s leading venture capital funds.

As the Founder of ProductTank and Co-Founder and Chairman of Mind the Product – together the world’s largest product community that brings product people together in 185 cities across the globe to further the craft – Martin has helped define an industry and shaped the practices of a generation of product managers.

========== Talk #2: Product Portfolios ==========

The challenge for organizations today is growing the capability to continually adapt, adjust and innovate. To be successful in an ever accelerating environment, organizations need to make continuous innovation a deliberate practice that is integrated into the fabric of the organization. For Lean Enterprises, this begins and ends at their portfolio.m

Developing the capability to adapt and evolve to meet new market opportunities and threats is the hallmark of high performance organisation.

They will survive for longer because their structure, strategies and processes support the continual search for new business models, products and services.

Barry will share how they rapidly maximise and scale opportunities while embracing the creative destruction of their own portfolio before another competitor does.

About Barry

Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.

Barry works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek to invent the future, not fear it. Every day, Barry helps with many of the world’s leading companies, from disruptive startups to Fortune 500 behemoths, break the vicious cycles that spiral businesses toward death by enabling culture of experimentation and learning to unlock the insights required for better decision making, higher performance and results.

Barry is the author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and co-author of the international bestseller Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barry is faculty at Singularity University and founder of ExecCamp, the entrepreneurial experience for executives, and management consultancy Antennae.

His mission is to help purposeful, technology-led businesses innovate at scale.

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