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YES! There will be a 2015 ProductCamp in the Twin Cities, and it's FREE to all. It's being held Saturday, November 7th at Worrell Design at 1414 Marshall St. NE in Minneapolis.
ProductCamp is a user-driven “unconference” that brings together people passionate about products and who are interested in collaborating to share insights. This is a great chance to meet others in the Twin Cities product community.
ProductCamp is different because it is a place where you get to directly drive the day and your experience through voting on which sessions present, optionally volunteering to lead a session, and deciding which sessions to attend. Plus you get to do all this with a lot of great people that are looking to learn from, share with, and help others.
What to Expect: The day will start at 9 am with grabbing breakfast, meeting others, and voting on proposed sessions. The sessions with the most votes will present. Anyone can suggest a topic and everyone gets an equal number of votes. Then at 10 am things kickoff and after a short intro the sessions begin. Each session will range from 30 to 45 min. The aim is to have sessions as interactive if possible. If you like the session you chose at first great. If you don't then follow the "two feet" rule and go to another session. Then after the first three sessions we will grab lunch where you will not only get some great food but also an opportunity to meet more people. In the afternoon there will be another three sessions and wrap things up at 4 pm. We will then grab drinks at one of the local NE watering holes. ProductCamp Twin Cities will be awesome and hope you can join us! All this and the event is completely FREE.
David Hussman, founder of DevJam, will be kicking things off as our keynote sharing "How to Build the Wrong Thing Faster and Learn From It".
Discussion: Can ‘agile software development’ be refactored to ‘agile product development’? Some brave pioneers already doing this are re-learning that building good product is more opaque than simply getting work done. The land of product development is filled with holes, ambiguity and landmines of wrongness. Ideas that you are stone certain about often fizzle or change when you watch someone interact with your product. Being overly certain or focusing on ‘just getting work done’ to sustain velocity are mistakes that make matters worse.
Join me in an exploration of how to embrace wrongness, learn from it, and make it a vital part of our success. Our journey will explore the messy, sloppy and non-linear aspects of product development. Along the way, we’ll investigate how software construction is important, but courageously failing and learning in product is even more essential. We’ll look at how some teams are producing more real product value with less code. We will also peer into the world of program level development, where collections of teams produce better product by employing what might be called ‘test driven product.’
Who knows, toward the end of the journey, we might even rally to refactor the agile manifesto to read ‘Learning in Product over Simply Getting Things Done.’
About David: David Hussman teaches and coaches product discovery through iterative delivery. He has spent the last 15 years coaching agility and producing products for companies of all sizes around the world. David’s coaching is non-dogmatic and pragmatic. His focus on getting to know a project community allows him to seed self-discovery and avoid falling into the expert trap of simply telling people what they “should do". David spends most of his time with teams, helping them create and validate product ideas and roadmaps with responsive engineering. He also works with leadership teams to pragmatically introduce the type of agility that fosters innovation and creates a competitive edge. David owns and guides DevJam (www.devjam.com), a composition of mentors, producers and builders. DevJammers focus on using agile methods to help people and companies improve their product learning through faster deliver cycles and continuous delivery. DevJam success comes from pragmatically blending technology, people, and processes to more quickly validate product ideas and investments.