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Use the calendar above to see the dates for our Thursday evening sessions. Topics to be updated & all RSVPs are done on Meetup.
Below lists the summaries from previous events.
Product Anon’s 2021 calendar:
- November –
- October -What to do when someone mentions PLG (Product Led Growth) with Dave McManus
- September -Why you should never rescue your team from a villain with Kate Edwards-Davis
- August – The Shape Shifting Product Manager : Endless Task of Defining where our roles begin & end with Daniel Kinal
- July – A Practical Guide to Customer Feedback with Dipa Rao
- June – Continuous Discovery IRL with Ben Ryan
- May – no session due to Leading the Product
- April – Kill Your Darlings! Being Objective is Hard! Product from the Agency side with Su Lim & Jim O’Malley
- March – Leading the Product Pitchfest
- March – Become (more) brilliant with Impro with Katherine Weaver from Impro Melbourne & Caylie Panuccio
- February – How to Overcome Floccinaucinihilipilification with Jon Manning
- February – Zoom Dumplings – Social evening
Product Anon’s 2020 calendar:
- November – Short talks / ProdAnon Birthday!
- November – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- October – Creating Buy-in with Simon Dowling
- October – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- September – Prioritisation – The Ultimate Hamster Wheel with Phoebe Peck
- September – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- August – Marketing does USPs and Product Does Not with Ellias Appel and Carleen Harawira
- August – What are the 7 Ps of Product? Special Event with Leading the Product
- August – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- July – Saving Yourself from Product Management Hell with Jock Busuttil
- July – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- June – Leadership in Product – be it startups or corporate! Our 2 speakers come at it from slightly different angles – Unlocking your next Startup Product Job with Clare Sawyers & Scaling Product Leadership with Steve Bladeni
- June – – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- June – Leading the Product’s Pitchfest
- May – Encouraging Ethics Conversations with Laura Summers
- May – – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- April – 10 Steps to Lead though Influence as a Product Manager with Ken Sandy
- April – BYO Dumplings – Social evening
- March – Working Remotely – our 1st zoom session due to COVID so we had a discussion about this new working remotely situation
- February – Transitioning to a Product Led Company with Josh Centner. Hosted by UniSuper
Product Anon’s 2019 calendar:
- November – Using Mental Models for Product Success with Fida Negm. Hosted by Envato
- October – No event due to Leading the Product
- September – Net Promoter Score (NPS) – Science or Pseudoscience with Daniel Kinal. Hosted by Medibank
- August – Product Camp Wrap-up (our 10th year!).
- July – Leading the Product Pitchfest
- July – The Life & Times of an Entrepreneur with Grant Hatamosa, Shannon Gilleland & Carl Rigoni. Hosted by A Cloud Guru
- June – Continuous Discovery with Caitlin Blackwell. Hosted by RMIT Online.
- May – OKRs in Real Life with Wayne Allan, Brad Dunn & Andrew Knibbe. Hosted by Medibank
- April – Dumplings – Social Event (no speakers) due to the holidays
- March – The What & Why of Wardley Maps with Kim Ballestrin & hosted by DiUS
- February – F*ck Roadmaps! The Good, Bad & Ugly with Dave Bignall, Whitney Cali & Keith Swann . Hosted by UnitedCo
Product Anon’s 2018 calendar:
- November – The 1st Product Manager aka – a panel discussion of founders. Hosted by Culture Amp. Summary
- October – no session this month because of Leading the Product
- September – Bringing Human Experiences to Work with Gin Atkins, Head of Product at the Conversation. Hosted by Carsales. Summary
- August – no session this month because of Product Camp Melbourne
- July – Leading the Product pitchfest. Who will be presenting lightning talks at LTP this year? Come along to support those pitching & hear from some of last years’ speakers for tips! Hosted by SeekSummary
- June – Every Product is a Service – A panel discussion btwn product & service design. Co-planned with with Service Design Melbourne Hosted by NEXT, a division of Reece. Summary
- May- Check your bias at the door – Summary
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- April – Who has the upper hand? UX or Product?
- February – Building & Scaling Product Teams with our host Zendesk
Product Anon’s 2017 calendar:
- November – Product Owner vs Product Manager. Yes that old nugget! A panel discussion with Steve Bauer from Telstra Wholesale, Nadia Gishen from Aconex, Michael Sloan from NAB and Manoel Pimentel from elabor8. Thanks to our hosts, Inspire9! Summary.
- October – No ProdAnon as there’s Leading the Product!
- September – Chatbots & Voice. We heard from several different companies who are working with chatbots or voice products including Keith Swann / elabor8, Daniel Galindo /Sensis, Jen Leibhart & Stuart Hill from Australia Post and Srinjoy De /RACV. Summary. Hosted by MelbourneIT.
- August – No ProdAnon as there’s Product Camp Melbourne!
- July – Jes Simson from Simson’s cards talked about being able to prototype anything. Summary. Thanks Sportsbet for hosting!
- June- Are you leading a product team? Directing the product was a panel discussion from 3 product directors – Susan Teschner/99designs, Luke Bongiorno/Nintex and Rachel Morley/REA. Summary. Thanks Nintex for hosting!
- May – We heard from George Cockerill/Deakin and Kostas Kazakosis/EA about Working with User Research. Summary. Thank you SEEK for hosting!
- April – Thanks to elabor8 for hosting ‘The Making of Milanote’, one of our startup sessions. Summary.
- March – Learning from your Customers via user research. Jo Squire & Katie Phillips from Australia Post talked about some of the research they’ve done and gave us an overview how to learn more from your customers. Summary. Thanks to aconex for hosting!
- February – Duncan Macneil/Cartesian Creative & Sensis kicked off the year with a talk on Rouge UX. Summary. Many thanks to thoughtworks for hosting!
Product Anon’s 2016 calendar:
- Thursday Nov 24th – We heard from Zero Latency, Opaque and Phoria about VR & AR. Thanks to BlueChilli for hosting!
- October – No Product Anon as there’s Leading the Product in Sydney and Melbourne!
- Thursday Sept 15th – Katherine Barrett from carsales.com.au shared her experience with decluttering her life and what that means as a product manager. Elabor8 were our amazing hosts!
- August – No Product Anon as there’s Product Camp Melbourne on the 20th
- Thursday July 21th – Event notes being worked on. Thank you Sportsbet for hosting!
- Wednesday July 20 – SPECIAL EVENT – Tips for Better Presentations – Event for Product Camp prep. Adrienne Tan from Brainmates provided inspiration & tips for those interested in presenting at Product Camp – or anytime you need to present. Thanks Brainmates & Level3 for beer, pizza & hosting.
- Thursday June – Managing Product Managers with Layla Foord & Fiona Moreton – Thanks PageUp for hosting
- Thursday May 19th – Letting Go of Your Product with Suni Stolic of Cogent. Thanks Teamspace & Cogent for hosting!
- Thursday April 14th – Roadmaps – friend or enemy? Thanks to Zendesk for hosting! Summary
- Thursday April 7th – Special event! Mapping Experiences with Jim Kalbach. In coordination with Aconex & UX Design Group of Melbourne. Summary
- Thursday March 17th – API Product Management & ProdMgmt in general – A Googler’s perspective. Thanks to Envato for hosting! Summary of the evening
- Thursday Feb 18th – Using ‘Google design sprints’ to drive innovation. Thanks to ThoughtWorks for hosting! Catchup on the event with our wrap-up post.
Product Anon’s 2015 calendar:
Here’s the dates for our Thursday evening sessions. Topics to be updated & all RSVPs are done on Meetup.
- Thursday Feb 19th – Product Managers are from Pluto/UXers are from Uranus – Product & UX folks from Aconex, Seek, realestate.com.au and MYOB talk about working together, collaboration and where we are the same yet different. Session notes. Thanks to Aconex for hosting!
- Thursday March 19th – Enhance your Communication Skills with Sketching with Rebecca Jackson. Find out how to use visual communication at work & get some practice! Session notes. Thanks to Brainmates for sponsoring!
- Thursday April 16th – How do *YOU* manage products? Redbubble, Envato & Zendesk share how they manage their global products & what product managers really do. Session notes. Thanks to Redbubble for hosting!
- Thursday May 21st – Startup Session: xlabs – what are your users actually paying attention to? Session notes. Thanks to Xero for hosting!
- Thursday June 18th – Innovation at Large companies. Panelists from Sensis, Victorian Government, Tatts Group/AFL talk innovation. Session notes.Thanks to Nintex for hosting.
- Thursday July 18th – 7 things you need to know to work well with Sales. Thanks to Collective Campus for hosting. Session notes
- Saturday August 22th – Product Camp Melbourne (no Product Anonymous this month) Summary of Camp
- Thursday Sept 17th – When should you get serious about hiring product people? (aka Product Management at statups) Session notes Flippa is our host for the evening!
- Thursday October 29th – How to Transform & Optimise Experiences with Leisa Reichelt – Session notes Thanks Aconex for hosting!
- Thursday November 26th – End of Year party. Thank you Versent & Level3 for hosting us!
Product Anon’s 2014 calendar:
- Thursday Jan 23th – Book Club – Discussion on the Heath Brothers’ book, Decisive. Catch up on the session in our series of posts.
- Thursday Jan 30th – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee (or lunch, BYOB) at 1pm at Brunetti’s on Swanston @ Flinders St
- Thursday Feb 20th – Your APIs are so product ready, it hurts! with Jason Cormier of Mashery – Read the session wrap up.
- Thursday Feb 27th – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee (or lunch, BYOB) 2-3pm at Brunetti’s
- Thursday March 20th – The 5 skills for mastering UX with Fox Woods & Matt Magain – Read the session wrap up.
- Thursday March 27th – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee (or lunch, BYOB) 2-3pm
- No events in April due to the Easter & Anzac holidays
- Wednesday May 14th – Jock Busuttil & panel on MVP (more details to come & NEW DATE) Read the session wrap-up
- Thursday May 22nd – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee (or lunch, BYOB)
- Thursday June 19th – Do Customers & Stakeholders *EVER* see eye to eye? Hosted by Mat Vine. Read the session wrap-up.
- Thursday June 26th – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee (or lunch, BYOB)
- Thursday July 24th – Defining your Product (& the benefit of not having much money) Read the wrap-up
- Thursday July 31st – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee (or lunch, BYOB)
- Thursday August 21st – Communicating the Value of Mobile (& an innovation game) wrap-up
- No Coffee in August
- Thursday September 25th – See our wrap-up for Understanding Your Customer through Design Thinking (with Customer Journey Maps)
- No Coffee in September
- Saturday October 4 – Product Camp. No evening #prodanon meeting due to camp.
- Tuesday October 21rd – Product Mgmt coffee – lunchtime!
- Thursday November 20th – Product Anonymous End of the Year party!
- Wednesday November 26th – Product Mgmt coffee (breakfast)
- December – No usual meetings this month! But we do have a special event with Rich Mironov & you can read all about it. Have a great Xmas, Boxing Day, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa (and if we’ve missed any, may you have a great one!) and a fantastic party season!
Previous events in 2013:
- Thursday Jan 24th – Chris Dahl with ‘Why Product Managers need regular escapes from the daily grind‘.
- Thursday Feb 21st – Jen Leibhart on does being ‘social’ make you a better product manager? Or is it yet another distraction? Join us to talk about the ways you can use social products & strategies to make your product better while being a better product manager.
- Thursday March 21st – Hiring a Product Manager? You don’t want to miss this one!
- Thursday May 2nd – Innovation & Product Management with Theresa Saldanha. (No April meeting due to Anzac Day wknd. Have moved it back a week.) Read our summary of the session.
- Thursday May 30th – New to product management? Or want to get into product? Maybe you hire or mentor new product managers? Come find out how the 1st year went for 1 new PM & pick up some tips for your career change or to help your next hire. Presented by Vaughn Harber. Read our summary of the session.
- Thursday June 20th – The Art of Decision Making for Product Managers presented by Steve Bauer
- Saturday July 20th – Product Camp is July 20th so we’ll skip our meeting but there will be drinks after camp
- Thursday August 22nd – Employing Social Data for Passive Insights with Aaron Wallis
- Thursday Sept 26th – Jen Leibhart talks about Wèishéme (aka Why)
- Thursday October 3rd – Product mgmt afternoon coffee
- Thursday Oct 24th – Human Centred Design Process – The IDEO & Acumen online course
- Thursday Oct 31st – Product Mgmt lunch
- Thursday Nov 21st – We’ll get an early start to the holiday season & do drinks this month. No speaker, just informal chatting over a few.
- Thursday Nov 28th – Product Mgmt afternoon coffee
- December – No meeting this month. Happy Party Season!!
Previous events in 2012:
- Dec – No meeting this month as we’ll all be out having too many year end drinks. See you in 2013!
- Nov 22nd – End of year drinks at the Carlton Hotel Rooftop
- Oct 20th – Product Camp Melbourne! With an entire day to talk about things product & drinks after, we won’t be holding a separate product anonymous meeting this month
- Sept 27th – Managing your customers (facilitated by Liz Blink + group discussion)
- Aug 30th – Using games to understand your market (facilitated by Jen Leibhart + group activity)
- July 26th – How to build your strategy in 15 minutes (presented by Liz Blink + group discussion)
- April 19th – Managing your backlog (group discussion)
- March 15th – Brainmates Product Talk: Communicating Product Management’s value to the C-suite (no prod anonymous meeting this month as there’s the Brainmates event)
- Feb 23rd – IDEO, the shopping cart, innovation & product management (group discussion)
Previous events in 2011:
- November 29th – our inaugural meeting!!!!