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“With today’s methods, we can build the wrong product faster than ever.” Steve Johnson | Product Management

“With today’s methods, we can build the wrong product faster than ever.” Steve Johnson | Product Management

Join us for Steve Johnson’s Product Management Surgery – April 14th 2016

Steve Johnson was once described by my most cynical (and perhaps consequently most competent) product manager friend as the only product management guru worth listening to. He shares a wealth of experience, in this talk where he questions the notion that Lean Methods work, not least because most people haven’t read the book…

Join Steve online – bring your gnarliest product management problems for a one hour, AMA Product Management Surgery, 14th April, 17:00 BST, 12:00 EST.

You can also view his Business of Software Conference USA talk, with transcript and notes below.

Define, Design, Deliver, Refine.

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How to Make Sense of Big Data | BoS Europe 2015 | Vince Darley, King Games

How to Make Sense of Big Data | BoS Europe 2015 | Vince Darley, King Games

Vince Darley, Chief Data Scientist, King Games

Vince draws on 20 years of experience solving complex data problems. As founder of Eurobios, Head of Data Analytics at Ocado and most recently, Chief Scientist at King.com (Candy Crush etc) Vince has built and runs a team of over 100 data scientists managing over 160 Hadoop Nodes – Big Data by any measure.

He talks about how you can use data to turn knowledge into real, practical benefits to businesses, that can be implemented next week, not next year.

Join Vince, 30th March, 17.00 BST, 13.00 EST, 10.00 PST for a FREE AMA Google Hangout

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Lessons Learned From Failing to Give a Lightning Talk at Business of Software | Guest Blog Post | J Wynia

Lightning Talk applications are now open for BoS Europe and USA 2016. For more information on how to apply, see here.

15 slides, 7 minutes and 30 seconds, and the slides advance every 30 seconds, whether you’re ready or not, all in front of an audience of several hundred of the sharpest people in the software business…

That’s the pitch for preparing and giving a lightning talk at Business of Software.

Not included on the package labelling is a tremendous amount of preparation work, watching your little wrist-mounted heart rate document your rising heart rate reach into that zone that the treadmill tells you is a healthy range for vigorous exercise for a man your age as the time to take your shot to be 1 of 4 vying for the final slot draws nigh, or the fact that, having lost out to someone who bested you at that chance, the experience was still 100% worth doing.

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This Conference Should not be Marketed to Entrepreneurs! | GBP from Mozzer Jamie Seefurth

This Conference Should not be Marketed to Entrepreneurs! | GBP from Mozzer Jamie Seefurth

Why You Should Attend BoS 2016: My Five for Five from BOS 2015

Hello! My name is Jamie Seefurth, and I attended Business of Software 2015 in Boston.

Those three days are still resonating in me, and, like many others, I was filled with gratitude after attending that week. Mark requested I write this blog based on two sentences of feedback I provided him:

This conference should not be marketed to Entrepreneurs. It is applicable to anyone in the startup and software industry who work in all facets of the company.”

Here are more observations I have put together. Like a good project manager, I’m going to summarize those in five bullets of five bullets:

  • Five details about me
  • Five things I didn’t know about BOS until I attended
  • Five of my favorite talks from Boston 2015
  • Five hopes for Ireland
  • Five items of feedback for BOS team

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Lessons Learned in Growing a Product Business | BoS Europe 2015 | Des Traynor, Intercom.io

Lessons Learned in Growing a Product Business | BoS Europe 2015 | Des Traynor, Intercom.io

“My talk is about lessons learned thus far in growing a product-based business”.

It’s no accident Des Traynor and his co-founders at Intercom have been growing so fast – from 4 people in 2011, t0 over 120 in 2015. Des has an uncanny ability to nail down what is right for the customer and for the business as it grows. At Business of Software Europe 2015, Des shared some of the lessons he’s learned on Intercom’s journey.

He covers, amongst other things:

  • Vision
  • Product Strategy
  • Product Management
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Funding
  • Road Maps
  • Emerging Trends in Silicon Valley
  • Growth and scaling

Video, AMA & Transcript below

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The Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 1) | Rich Minorov Guest Post

The Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 1) | Rich Minorov Guest Post

Rich is a seasoned executive and serial entrepreneur – he has been the ‘product guy’ (as CEO/VP Product) at six startups. With deep technical roots in B2B infrastructure, SaaS and consumer online, Rich combines ‘what-we-can-build’ with ‘what-markets-want’. 

What follows is a guest blog from Rich. He built the posts from his specially produced Business of Software talk and serialised it across four blogs, which will follow in the coming weeks. For more from Rich, including the original posting of this blog, find his site here. 

Newton taught us that gravity’s not just a good idea, it’s the law.

I’ve spent a lot of the last decade with one foot in the engineering organization and the other with marketing/sales.  While the two sides of the business communicate poorly, I think there’s something more fundamental happening: we don’t believe in the same laws of physics.   So with some gross generalizations, here are a few core principles of software economics.  At the executive level, these should help us drive our tech companies in the right direction – to let gravity pull us where we want to go.  Four posts lay out a should-be-obvious set of truths and their matching laws. (Originally presented as a Business of Software talk.)

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Saying ‘No’ to Being Bought Out: Rookie CEO Grows Up… Reluctantly | BoS USA 2015 | Balsamiq

Saying ‘No’ to Being Bought Out: Rookie CEO Grows Up… Reluctantly | BoS USA 2015 | Balsamiq

But then I thought wait a minute! Why did I even start this company?

Last year at Business of Software Conference USA 2015, Peldi returned to detail the most painful moments he experienced as Founder/CEO of Balsamiq as it grew.

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In particular, Peldi he discussed an offer to buy the company he had grown from scratch. He talked about how despite it being the dream for many, it wasn’t right for him and his employees.  You had to be at Business of Software USA 2015 to get the full details, but the video below shows the thoughts of a CEO/Founder who chose to stick to the original dream of owning a lifestyle business.

This transcript and video have been edited to exclude any of the commercially and personally sensitive information in the talk, made with permission of the potential acquirers.

Slides, Video, Notes & Transcript below

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Don’t Be The Last to Know | Bos USA 2015 | Know Your Company

Don’t Be The Last to Know | Bos USA 2015 | Know Your Company

If you don’t know your company well, how can you expect to run it well?

Why is the CEO often the last to discover something? Those pesky employees aren’t telling you everything you need to know. Claire’s talk helps you understand why people don’t tell you the things you need to know but more importantly, has highly actionable advice about how to build a much more honest, open and productive work culture.

Video, Slides, Notes & Transcript below

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