Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Announcing the Next EL SIG Meeting, Apr 21 [Robert Lasater]

The next meeting of the Engineering Leadership SIG will be held on April 21 in SAP Building 2 (3412 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA), starting at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Topic of the main presentation, How can we (Engineering) work better with our Product Managers -- and what do Product Managers do, anyway?, by Rich Mironov.

TITLE: How can we (Engineering) work better with our Product Managers -- and what do Product Managers do, anyway

Product Management is a poorly understood role that varies widely between companies. In addition, technical teams see only one part of the product management challenge: critical interactions with sales/marketing and executives are not visible to them. In this talk our speaker will outline the product management role, how it fits with engineering (including agile teams), and ways that engineering and PM can help each other to get great products to market.

SPEAKER: Rich Mironov http://www.mironov.com/

Rich Mironov is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned VP Product Management/ VP Marketing, go-to-market strategist and agile “product guy”. He's currently CEO of a stealth startup, and is a veteran of four earlier software tech start-ups and dozens of consulting engagements.

Rich earned his software stripes writing COBOL at HP, then spent six years in product management at Tandem Computers, launching the company’s first TCP/IP stack. At Sybase, he oversaw database connectivity to more than 40 operating systems, and shipped the first commercial solution for dynamic linking of web pages with databases (web.sql). He was the first “product guy” at four networking-related start-ups, including iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) and AirMagnet (acquired by Flunk Networks), where he was VP Marketing/Product Management. From 2007 to 2009, he was CMO of Enthiosys, an agile product management consultancy.

Rich’s 2008 book, “The Art of Product Management” captures the best of his Product Bytes blog (2001 to 2008), and represents the scrappy entrepreneur in all of us. Rich serves on the board of SVPMA, has taught in Haas’ executive education program, and produced (chaired) the product manager/product owner track for Agile Alliance’s 2009 and 2010 conferences.

Rich has a BS Physics from Yale with a thesis on dinosaur extinction theories, and an MBA from Stanford.

Cost: $20 at the door for non-SDForum members, No charge for SDForum members

BOOK SWAP - Every month! Bring books to share.

JOB SWAP - Check out our Yahoo! Group here: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SDForum_EL_SIG_JobSwap/

PEER-to-PEER Roundtable - Every month! Join us to share insights and advice with peers each month prior to the 7 PM event.

For more information, go here.