Excitement for a Huge ProductCamp!

I was completely floored at my first ProductCamp in 2009.  I had 2 years of work experience as a product manager, but had no idea that a community of product managers even existed.  I cannot describe how excited I was to hear my peers describe their work, and compare their observations to my own work.  ProductCamp put my work experience into serious context, and I immediately established a network of peers.  I followed their blogs, tweeted with them, and kept in touch at other events.  I was out of my bubble and into the product management world.  Yes, there really is a product management world, and Boston is a huge part of it!

I’ve been one of the main organizers of ProductCamp Boston since May of 2010 and I’ve really enjoyed serving as the Program and Sessions Lead as our community has gotten huge!  My favorite part of ProductCamp is the sessions.  Last year 35 people proposed sessions and we’re expecting even more this year.  Everyone is encouraged to propose a session, so don’t be shy!  There’s still time, and if you don’t have a chance to propose your session in advance online, you can still propose when you arrive on Saturday!  If you’ve ever had an interesting observation or learned something new on the job, you’re a candidate to lead a session.

What to expect on Saturday:

  • Folks proposing sessions will register with me when they arrive and check in.
  • At the start of the day’s program, each proposed session leader will have the stage for 30 seconds to pitch their session.  We added this last year and got great feedback on it.  Adding a face and a voice to the written session description makes it much easier for everyone to vote for the sessions they really want to attend.
  • Voting will be done via text or web this year!  No more index cards – we’re thrilled about this.  Please remember to bring your phones, tablets, and laptops to vote!
  • Based on your votes, the day’s session schedule will be set while you enjoy the keynote presentation.
  • When you walk out of the keynote, you’ll find the schedule posted.
    • There will be 4 session slots, 2 before lunch and 2 after lunch.
    • There are 9 rooms, so you’ll have plenty of sessions to choose from as you plan your day!
    • The sessions with the most votes will be placed in the biggest rooms.

Remember, you don’t need to be an expert to to propose a session.  A session can be a presentation that you put tons of work into beforehand, or at the other end of the spectrum it can be a facilitated roundtable discussion on a topic you dreamed up in the car on your way to ProductCamp.  I’ve seen both types of sessions work extremely well, so I encourage you all to go for it!  See you on Saturday!