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Difficult Conversations for Growing Companies | Paul Kenny, Ocean Learning | BoS USA 2015

Difficult Conversations for Growing Companies | Paul Kenny, Ocean Learning | BoS USA 2015

Paul Kenny, Ocean Learning

Difficult Conversations for Growing Companies. Every business person faces hard conversations at some point in their growth. One of Paul Kenny’s best talks at Business of Software Conference. Not about sales, but about the challenges that everyone faces in growing a business.

He discusses why having those difficult conversations, with co-founders, co-workers, employees, employers, partners are so difficult to have. More importantly, he offers some excellent, practical advice about how you can make the hard stuff easier and more productive.

Equally applicable in times of growth or trouble.

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 2) | Rich Mironov Guest Post

Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 2) | Rich Mironov Guest Post

At BoS USA 2015 Rich Mironov delivered a classic talk on Software Economics that are so common that they are not just theory, they are the law. See the talk here. After delivering the talk, Rich captured his laws in a series of posts, delivered originally on his site, and reposted with permission on the Business of Software blog.

Rich’s first law has been revealed (link). In the following post, Rich discusses his second law…

All of the profits are in the nth copy or nth user.

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Startups | “Don’t count the things you do. Do the things that count.”

Startups | “Don’t count the things you do.  Do the things that count.”

“Don’t count the things you do.  Do the things that count.”

Guest Blog Post from startup founder, Angela Hood, This Way Global, who attended Business of Software Conference Europe last year in Cambridge. This year she will return to Ireland for Business of Software Conference Europe, May 16-17th.

The two most important days for our startup in 2015 were spent at Business of Software (BoS).

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The Four Laws of Software Economics | Rich Mironov | BoS USA 2015

“Your Development Team Will Never, Ever, be Big Enough”

Rich is a seasoned Product Guy. He claims that great product people only stay in Product Management for 2/3 years before moving on – he has stayed for 25 years and counting. Reading into that what you may, he literally wrote the book on Product Management – ‘The Art of Product Management’ – and has a wealth of knowledge to offer on the subject of the strategic implications to produce great products.

Rich wrote a new talk for Business of Software –

The Four Laws of Software Economics.

The talk is rich with insight and humour – an hour well spent.

We are also delighted to hear that Rich Mironov will be turning this talk into a book – watch this space.

 

Rich has also written up his four laws of software economics into fascinating blog posts. Keep checking back to see when they’ve been released.

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Business of Software Conference USA Code of Conduct

Business of Software Conference USA | Code of Conduct

We expect everyone who attends our events in any capacity to treat other human beings well whoever they may be.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

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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 How to make sense of big data.

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.

Slides, Video, AMA Hangout & 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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