May 14th event – Talking MVP – at 99designs

Our next event will be a session on Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

We’ll cover:

  • what is MVP – and what isn’t it
  • how do you ensure MVP is really testing your assumptions
  • what you can learn from MVP

Hear from other product manager folk and founders about their trials and tribulations with getting to an MVP and if it worked or not.  We will take questions from the audience for the panel and encourage discussion amongst our speakers and audience.

Our facilitator will be Jock Busuttil, Founder of Product People.

Jock is a product management consultant, author and startup mentor with over thirteen years’ experience working in technology. He is the founder of Product People Limited, author of imanageproducts and has a book coming out soon to be published by Hachette / Grand Central. Flick him any questions you would like to ask on MVP or of the panel @jockbu

We have a great panel of product managers and start-up founders joining us to share their experiences. Let us introduce them:

Susan Teschner, Super Product Manager at 99designs

Susan’s degree in Political Science qualified her for nothing, but her journey through the ranks of product management sure has. Having tried her hand at all angles of product, Susan’s found that straying too far from either the thinking or the doing makes her seriously cranky pants. She’s most happy building collaborative, creative and generally ass-kicking teams, learning daily, delivering on a shared vision and laughing hard along the way.

Currently looking after a few teams of engineers, UX and product managers, Susan’s work growing 99designs — the world’s largest marketplace for graphic design — keeps the cranky pants away.

Tom Howard, Co-founder Adioso

Adioso is a new kind of flight search engine, that supports unmatched flexibility on destinations, dates and other travel motivators.  Adioso was initially launched as an MVP in January 2008, and due to the complexities of the travel industry, has taken till 2014 to reach maturity.  Tom is now working on a mobile-focused flight search & booking application.  He will talk about the MVP that initially launched Adioso, contrasted with the one he is currently building for mobile”.

Emma Stabey, Senior Product Manager – Candidate Experience, SEEK Limited

Emma Stabey is a Senior Product Manager at Australia’s #1 online employment site, In her time at SEEK she has managed the experience and vision for SEEK’s first foray into iOS apps, and evolved the candidate profile on the desktop channel with the aim of creating a more personalised experience, and is about to take on a new role to head up the Product team for SEEK Learning.

Janet Horwell, Product engineer at Geoplex 

Janet Horwell is a Product Engineer at Geoplex, a GIS mapping services company. She’s been working in a team on a dashboard MVP and will be running through her experience in measuring risk and validating a concept to the point of MVP.

We look forward to you joining us!

Eventbrite - Product Anonymous - May 14 - MVP

Note the new day of the week and location: Wednesday night at 99designs, level 2, 41 Stewart St, RIchmond, which is just behind Richmond station.

Time: 6-6:30pm arrival & drinks. Talk starts at 6:30pm. We wrap up about 8pm.