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6:00 PM18:00

Schmidt List Live at DevJam


Many organizations are asking us to do more with less. This makes leading teams increasingly more difficult. The concept of "Lean Leadership" means deliberately creating space for others to take initiative. Join panelists Anne Steiner, David Edgerton, Jr. and others for a relevant discussion and tactical advice on becoming "lean leaders".

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Everything you wanted to know about managing remote teams (but were afraid to ask)!
7:30 AM07:30

Everything you wanted to know about managing remote teams (but were afraid to ask)!

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Whether you have one employee working at home or you manage a global distributed team, this workshop will give you real world advice on how to manage remote teams.

You will learn practical tips and insights you can apply immediately to your organization:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities of remote teams.

  • How to effectively manage communication.

  • How to manage projects and productivity.

  • What are the differences between internal and external remote teams.

  • How to navigate cultural differences

  • What are the dysfunctions to be aware of.

  • What are the best tools to manage projects.

  • How to determine if someone is a good fit to work remotely.

  • How to cultivate culture virtually.


Kurt Schmidt // President, Foundry // Led PMO function for distributed workforce of 350+ devs.

Josh Berger // Partner, Grow & Co // CEO, Bright Hat // Over 23 years in domestic and offshore staffing.

Kevin McGinley // Field CTO, Snowflake // 20+ years managing distributed client/vendor analytics teams.

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General Mills AgileConf 2018
8:00 AM08:00

General Mills AgileConf 2018

On August 2, General Mills is hosting an exciting, all-day conference focused on Agile. This conference is designed to provide an interactive look at productprocess, and technology through an Agile lens.

Whether you are working within an operating unit, looking for value in supply chain, programming applications in GBS, or anywhere in-between, this conference can help you on your Agile journey by exposing you to #workingdifferently and building your Agile mindset. We hope you leave the conference with ideas, inspiration, and concrete changes you can make in your own environment.

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Customer Focus North
8:00 AM08:00

Customer Focus North

Customer Focus North 2018 is an opportunity to come together around providing better customer & employee focus, engagement, and experience. People will share customer stories and cutting-edge research.

Planned tracks include:

  • Measurement: Customer experience measurement and management.
  • Behavior: Learnings and CX impact from behavioral science and economics.
  • Employees: Employee experience from applying to retiring. Plus how hiring, training, empowering, and rewarding delivers customer focus.
  • Organizations: Transforming organizations for customer focus.
  • Impact: Design & innovation practices that lead to better customer experience.


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"Managing Up and Across" - Twin Cities Product Conf 2018
8:00 AM08:00

"Managing Up and Across" - Twin Cities Product Conf 2018

Managing Up and Across

As Jason Shen once noted, “Until you ship, communication is the deliverable”. Consequently, communication is the key component to productive work relationships. How do you effectively remove roadblocks introduced by your boss or peers? Become happier with your overall role? Or get on the path to the next big step in your career? 

Leaders today are caught between the employees they manage and the managers who manage them. Being adept and managing up and managing across is an important skill for today's Product Manager. Join Kurt in learning how to influence the people that are there to support you in order for everyone to have the chance for greater impact.

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Give a S#!t! - Leading Product Teams with Accountability, Influence, and Care
5:00 PM17:00

Give a S#!t! - Leading Product Teams with Accountability, Influence, and Care

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"If nothing changes, nothing changes," says author and educator Courtney C. Stevens. If you're looking for improved team effectiveness in both product development and product management, it's time to start with changing conditioned models of managing and leading that are outdated and, quite frankly, ineffective.

Please join the PDMA on April 18, 2018, at Padilla when Kurt Schmidt, President of Foundry, will invite us to reconsider the way we've "always done" this management and leadership "thing". Building upon lessons he's learned throughout his career, he'll provoke us to both "Give a S#!t" and also help us:

Key Take-Aways:

  • Learn the difference between leading by example and leading by managing
  • Understand the difference between being a micromanager and a manager
  • Learn tactical ways to manage introverts and extroverts
  • Discern the difference between real problems and venting and the spin
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