You’re in charge of the program!

14 Nov

ProductCamp is an unconference, which means the participants create the program. You all determine the content of the sessions, which is a great way to address topics that are relevant to you, and share knowledge with one another. We know that good sessions are the main reason people attend ProductCamp, so this year, we’d really like to help everyone get ready for the sessions.

First of all, what format should a session be? It’s up to you. If you want to prepare a formal presentation, that’s great. If you want to have a group discussion, that’s also a very good option. We will provide you with some tips on how to facilitate such a discussion.

Second, what topics can/will be covered? To allow some pre-event discussion about topics, we have set up a uservoice forum (follow the link). We noticed that attendees are often eager to learn about new topics, but are more shy about sharing their knowledge. So, we often get a lot of ideas for topics people would like to hear someone with experience speak about. This is not a problem. Seeing that a lot of people want to learn about a certain topic, it might motivate an attendee with some experience in that specific topic to host a session. Or, this could turn into a group discussion, which can also be very fruitful.

To give you some inspiration, here are some of the topics that were mentioned by the PMs that we spoke to during the interviews discussed earlier: marketing; API’s; pricesetting; customer development; scrum: maintaining backlogs, how to go from large epics, to smaller stories and to details; how to get the best work out of your team; the best way to collaborate with business development; and how to get sales on board.

We ‘re eager to find out what you would like to learn more about, so head over to our UserVoice forum now and start adding.

On the day itself, we will give everyone a moment to pitch their session ideas and then we will vote and plan the session schedule.