Product vision, strategy, and OKR’s are useful only if teams use them. Let’s talk about how to make them alive.
Product management is now, moment to moment.
A product manager’s job is to help the teams around them consistently make better decisions.
A PM can’t do that if they are drowning in the useless, and furthermore, it gets even more difficult if they aren’t trusted in and organization, as they lose more information.
Could your event use a speaker that helps teams drive clarity for empowered product teams?
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Do I sound a little enthusiastic about this? It’s because I am.
I’m a product expert and consultant with over 15 years in the industry, but speaking and workshopping is what it’s really all about for me. It’s a chance to get in there with product teams and provide the kind of context and perspective that reliably leads to lightbulb moments and rekindles their passion for products.
I’m available to help teams as a workshop facilitator, or help spice up an event as a speaker or emcee that helps elevate the conversation around strategy.
Emcee, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator
I can help your event in a multitude of ways. In-person, or virtual, I’ve got several years of experience helping make your next event extraordinary.
Let’s bring energy!
As a former comedian, I know how to get a show moving, bring people up, and keep time with gusto! Let’s chat about how to bring good vibes to your next event.
Leave with the most important thing
I’ve spoken to conferences with thousands of folks, and also to intimate internal conferences, lets tailor one of the sessions to fit your needs.
Deep dive into product processes
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty, the hard stuff that will transform your team. Available as an hour, half day, full day, or even multi day experiences – let level up the team!
My Current Offerings – Available As Talk or Workshop
Survival Metrics – How To Change Direction in A Strategic, Data Informed, And Politically Safe Way
Staying nimble is the name of the game in changing times. But so many product teams lose the plot when challenged (or forced) to rethink their approach. Survival Metrics is a framework that cuts through the fog and makes the way forward clear, transforming the specter of change from a bogeyman into a boon.
In this foundational talk, I outline how product teams can leverage the three pillars of survival — being fast, data-informed, and politically safe — to plan for change in a way that avoids ambiguity and gets all stakeholders excited to move forward.
- How to identify the metrics that drive company culture and understand cross-functional incentives
- How you can leverage the three pillars of survival – being strategic, data-informed, and politically safe, to tell a story that helps you stay agile
- Operationalizing the story you use to actually pivot, instead of thinking about it
The Dreaded Product Drift
Why Product Strategies Veer Off-Course and How to Right the Ship
Once you’ve got a product strategy in place, you’re good to go, right? Right?!
Unfortunately, as many PdMs already know, strategy is only half the battle. Execution is the other half, and it’s all too easy for even experienced product teams to veer off-course and find themselves at the mercy of the dreaded “product drift.”
In this all-encompassing talk, I goes over the common alignment issues that leave product teams lost at sea, how you can chart a new course using a handy dandy tool known as an initiative document, and the guide posts along the way that will confirm you’re on the right path.
- How is product drift effecting your teams
- How your teams getting lost, even though you feel like you are doing everything “right”
- How to put the team back on course, and realign expectations as things move along
Strategy 101 – Make Strategy and Make it Count w/ Strategic Custody
Product strategies can look great on paper, but when it comes to implementation, they crumple at the first sign of pressure. Wargaming is a way to stress-test your strategies before putting them into action so you can be sure they’ll be worth the time, effort, and dollars you’re about to sink into them.
In this deep-diving talk, Adam explores common strategy missteps and how to avoid making them, how to use wargaming to improve your chances of success, building a nimble strategy that works for the C-suite and the shop floor, and more. your decision-making… or is there one?
- What are the big “no-no’s” for any strategy – and why yes/no answers lead you directly there
- How wargaming relates to building product strategy and where you can leverage some strategies to improve your chances of success
- How to build a strategy that is flexible enough to deal with stakeholders and implementation complications and clear enough to help folks on the ground
- How to communicate often and clearly when building a product roadmap and launching products
Direct from the people
He (Adam) was also very thoughtful in his work, and his excitement and knowledge of the field of product management were infectious. It’s clear he’s motivated and dedicated to a high standard in this field, and I’d be happy to work with him again.
Rebecca FelicianoDirector of Operations at Product Collective | Co-Organizer of INDUSTRY: The Product Conference
“Only one word comes to mind when I think of Adam, and that’s AWESOME. Not only is he highly skilled, but he’s a consummate professional at all times.
Adam‘s work ethic was impeccable, and he was always the first person to offer help and support.
Lori BensonMarketing Sp
Survival Metrics has proven a critical framework for aligning product teams with the existential success of their business
Matt LeMayAuthor of Product Management in Practice
Adam is an inspirational and outstanding communicator. He listens to genuinely understand. This is what makes him a brilliant coach and leader. Adam is a leader who makes leaders. He has accomplished a lot, he’s incredibly busy and yet he makes time to mentor others as they leap.
Valarie K HortonCoach
Survival Metrics drives teams to success by helping teams find clarity on what drives incentives, and makes the next steps easy.
Chris ButlerLead PM @ Google
Adam sees in 8 dimensions. He appreciates both the big picture and the subtle details.
Words matter. So does the UX. So does the model. And, at varying times, so do all the bits in between. Adam is sensitive to each layer, cares deeply about each layer and brings an uncommon level of intellectual integrity to his judgement of each layer, all without losing sight of the larger picture or the ability to prioritize the right layer at the right time.
Trust Adam for insight, foresight, candor and (product) courage.