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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and product management, it's time to start with changing conditioned models of managing and leading that are outdated and, quite frankly, ineffective.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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