Build a Technical Infrastructure that Supports Innovation

When you’re building a new product, you have to experiment quickly and change constantly. If your product is digital, and you have a technical infrastructure that isn’t built to deal with these conditions, it can stonewall any kind of innovation. In this talk for technical team members, Codeship co-founder Florian Motlik introduces different ways to build your infrastructure and processes for constant change, experimentation and innovation.

Innovation Accounting

It’s common sense that established companies should judge internal innovation programs by different criteria than normal business operations. But new initiatives frequently default to existing measurements simply because product managers don’t have an alternative approach. The resulting mismatch between what the new program should be doing (learning) and what it’s judged by (execution) almost always ends in frustration and rarely generates profitable new products. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

This workshop is designed to give product managers at established companies the tools you need to create an effective Innovation Accounting framework that sets up your program for success.

This is a hands-on session, where we’ll cover:

*How to seek, set, and socialize success metrics
*Effective change-management techniques for innovation acceptance
*Avoiding common pitfalls (such as falling back to execution-based KPIs)
*Positioning within the organization for maximum impact (particularly against R&D labs)
*Estimating the enterprise value of Innovation projects

This workshop is for any organization that has or is seeking to start an innovation program within a larger enterprise.

Constraints That Help You Build Valuable Software

More than you know, your software’s business model and technology stack shape your appetite for risk, creativity and pace. Jocelyn Goldfein, former Engineering Director at Facebook, explains the constraints you face with various kinds of product DNA–and how you can embrace those constraints to build valuable software.

Talk About Risk Without Causing Fear

Risk and uncertainty define startups–they’re the very qualities that make new initiatives different from established projects. But few of us have productive ways of discussing risk, and in fact, bringing it up can cause fear and undermine morale. How can we make coworkers comfortable addressing risk? Adam Josephs, Principal Consultant of Celerity Consulting, shares advice for discussing it early, often and constructively.

Create a Culture of Experimentation

What happens when your team uses Lean Startup methods, but other people in your organization don’t? Manuel Rosso, VP of Commerce at Scripps Networks Interactive, explains how his team taught coworkers to value experimentation over expertise.

Integrate Customer Feedback Into Your Product

Your team is committed to customer development and conducting user research, but how do you integrate the information you collect into your product development? Hudl Product Manager Greg Nelson explains how his company ensures that the entire, cross-functional product team understands and can act on customers’ needs.

Become a Better Listener, Build More Profitable Products

Leaders often focus on becoming better communicators and speakers. But becoming better listeners may be more important in running profitable companies. In this talk, Jana Eggers–consultant, former CEO at Spreadshirt, and former General Manager of Intuit Quickbase–teaches actionable tips for becoming a better listener and and thus ensuring that your customer development thus has a much deeper impact.