ProductTank Portland - October 2019

Oct 10, 2019 · Portland, United States of America

We'll have two 20-minute talks, each followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. We'll have plenty of time at the start and end of the meetup for tasty beverages and networking.


Build the Right Thing by Involving your Team in Backlog Discovery
by Adam Light, Principal Consultant, SoTech

Creating great software products requires both delivery skills (knowing how to build things right) and discovery skills (knowing how to build the right thing.) But many agile teams, have only developed their delivery muscles. They expect their Product Owner to feed them a steady drip of fully-formed product requirements.

This arrangement, however, often fails to deliver the goods. Product Owners who focus too much on satisfying the team sometimes have difficulty staying in touch with the market. And teams that don't truly know their customers have trouble delighting them.

Come discover the what, why, and how of involving the agile team in backlog discovery. You'll learn several proven approaches and find out how to overcome common obstacles and objections to implementing them. Adam will conclude with a strategic take on deciding whether and when the time is right to raise your own team's discovery game.

Adam Light is a results-oriented leader in Agile Software Delivery. He is an experienced consultant, teacher, and coach who drives systemic transformation through a focus on building practical skills. Adam began his career as a software developer before becoming a manager of projects and people. Since 2009 Adam has led SoTech, a consultancy providing agile improvement solutions for organizations worldwide.


Survey Research 101: Tips and Tricks for Managing Quantitative UX Data
by Britney LeBaron, Quantitative UX Researcher, LogMeIn

People create lots of data! As more human behaviors become digital, the tech industry needs folks who are data literate and have a human-centered focus to make sense of the data. Surveys are a common method for learning more about the people who use our products. Yet surveys are surprising difficult to do well! In this talk, she will share 5 tips that will help you to reduce bias and bring a human-centered perspective to your survey research.

Britney is a Quantitative UX Researcher at LogMeIn (working remote in PDX). She uses her expertise in statistics and human behavior to help build communication and collaboration tools that connect people and allow them to do their best work. She is passionate about teaching data literacy skills and promoting empathy in data collection and analysis.


Also, thank you to our host, Jama Software. And thank you to Kroger for sponsoring the food. Check out their job postings here:

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  • ProductTank Portland

    ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Portland to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. Events include talks from guest speakers on topics around product management, networking opportunities, and a good old-fashioned chin-wag over a beer or two. We're open to companies big and small. We also welcome early-stage technology businesses looking to learn how

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