2018 Birds-of-a-Feather Discussion Guide

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Information for Birds-of-a-Feather Session Leaders

Thank you for agreeing to lead a birds-of-a-feather (BOF) session at ProductCamp.  Please take a few minutes to review the material below and let me know if you have any questions.

Please plan to be in your room as soon as you get lunch so you can welcome participants and be ready to start the discussion at 12:45 pm.  You should already know your room but the schedule is here.

The 45-minute, loosely organized birds-of-a-feather (BOF) discussion can be organized following the outline below and only requires you to consider in advance which questions you’d like your group to discuss (i.e., no presentation needed!).

Who attends a BOF?

Generally BOFs are open to anyone interested in that subject, with the exception of the VP/director BOF which is geared only to senior level VPs, directors.  So if you are running a BOF on financial services, you can expect to have people employed in financial services, software vendors who provide products to financial services, and others who are interested in that area.

General Description on Sched

The following description appears for each BOF:

Spend your lunchtime meeting, networking, and talking with your peers about challenges, opportunities and best practices related to your role! The session will be led by a facilitator.

Grab your lunch first, and then head over to this room to eat lunch with your peers. The formal birds-of-a-feather session runs from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm.

Discussion Outline

A. General introductions of all attendees
(do this quickly so you’ll have time for discussion)

  1. What types of roles do you have – product management, product marketing, other?
  2. What verticals?

B. What are you interested in discussing today? – Get ideas, write down and then have people vote on the top 4 topics to discuss. Or, you can just jump into the topics below:

C. Potential Discussion Topics
These will vary based on the specific BOF

  1. What are your top challenges?
  2. What are best practices in how you do your work/launch products/work with other teams/get customer feedback etc?
  3. What is something unique that you or your company is doing that others could benefit from (no sales pitches please)?
  4. Do you have a problem that you’d like this group to help you solve?
  5. What has made you successful in your job/career?
  6. What are the unique challenges/opportunities/best practices in this industry?
  7. What are the top new technologies in this area and how are they affecting how people work/live etc?

Thanks again for leading a BOF!