Product Tank Sydney – Meetup resources

Resources from past meetups and events

26 September 2019

Leadership in a Changing World

Andy Fell – What Winners Do (slides)

Andy is the founder of GiFT631 and author/presenter of the What Winners Do programmes. His expertise is focused on helping people, teams and businesses reach their potential by creating a high performance culture, winning habits and routines. He is an international speaker and leadership coach. Andy has 20 years of senior leadership experience across the UK and Australia having operated at GM level at Westpac, RBS/Nat West and St.George, focused predominantly on large, people centric consumer businesses.

Dominik Katz – How to create a feedback culture (slides)

Dominik runs Product Operations at Siteminder and is passionate about making feedback useful for people. His talk, a shortened version of the one he gave at Atlassian Open 2019 in Sydney, talks about the challenges with most feedback loops and how you can give feedback (or not) in a way that helps everyone.

6 August 2019

Design-led vs Data-led product management

Liam Casey – Design-led or Designer-led? And other great ways to kill your business.

This past World Product Day, Liam Casey shared a talk with ProductTank Brisbane about how to align design strategy with organisational objectives. It was a candid talk that received A LOT of positive feedback and interest. Liam discusses the framework by which Flaik has effectively aligned customer centred design with competitive and organisational strategy. Hear a story of embracing extreme candor, cutting through politics and focusing on outcomes that actually get results for the customer and organisation. We've asked him to share it again and, in partnership with Product Tank Brisbane, live streamed his talk at ProductTank Sydney.


17 July 2019

Motivation & Communication – Best Practices for Product Teams

Michelle Duval – Fingerprint for Success (slides)

Fingerprint For Success (F4S) is people analytics and coaching platform that assists startups, scale-ups and enterprise teams map and develop innovative and entrepreneurial talent. Based on 20 years of scientific study, F4S measures 48 attitudes specific to work and benchmarks them against the worlds most successful innovators. Michelle talked about what motivates different stakeholders inside and outside of Product teams.

Julia French – Communication & PR best practices from Silicon Valley (slides)

Julia has over 15 years of experience working in Silicon Valley, with over 200 startups including; Atlassian, Dropbox and WhatsApp. She has held operational roles in business development, marketing (brand & growth), PR, sales, and social media. Julia actively works to help bridge other tech markets - from Australia, London and Germany to Silicon Valley. Julia talked about her best practices of working and communicating with the public at no less than 7 unicorn tech companies.

28 March 2019

Product Leaders and their Careers in Review

Joe Nalewabau – It's my career, and I'll cry if I want to! (slides)

Over 20 years, 3 continents, 4 companies (including Microsoft and Atlassian), 10+ PM roles (6 management, 4 as an individual contributor), 3 children and 1 divorce, it has been a busy journey. With some great successes and some equally great failures, Joe still remains in love with being a Product Manager and solving customer problems. In this talk, Joe will share some key lessons learnt over this time. Hopefully, he will make you laugh, and he won't cry!

Otto Ruettinger – 5 Product Leadership Learnings (slides)

As Product Managers we are all leaders. We lead our products, our teams, our organisations and we aspire to lead our users to better outcomes. From Otto's almost 20 years in product and the last 10 in product leadership roles, here's 5 learnings that may help you either develop into a product leader or help inspire your existing teams to greater results.

Otto has worked in tech for 20yrs. The last 5 with Atlassian in various product management roles. He’s now the Head of product for the Jira Cloud platform where he leads a team of product managers focused on making every team's workflow. Otto loves cycling so much, the last time he bought a bike he had to sell his car to pay for the bike.