Product Hive Lecture Series

Ever wondered how amazing companies like Adobe, Pluralsight, Vivint, Jane, Canopy, Underbelly (clients like Facebook), Welikesmall (clients like Reebok), and more create such elegant and useful products? Ever wondered what their day to day looks like? Ever wondered the challenges they face and how they deal with them? We assembled a mix of 12 amazingly talented Designers, Product Managers, Researchers, and Founders to speak about what it takes to build products that millions use everyday.

Name: Alex Estrada
Date: Oct 19th, 9:00am-10:00 am
Location: Workfront | 3301 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
Job: Jane, Product Designer
Title: Form & Function: Where Brand Meets Product Design
Tickets: meetup.com/producthive_ut/events/244168227/

Description:
Data and research can provide a ton of insight about how users interact with a product, but there is also a lot that might be missed. Let’s talk about the emotional side of product design and the importance of its relationship to marketing and branding.

Bio:
Alex Estrada is a Sr. Product Designer at Jane.com and has spent the last 8 years specializing in branding and communication design for startups.

Alex grew up in Miami and spent a few years living and working in New York City, so she’s a snob about both pizza and Cuban food. Before coming to Jane, she spent several years designing at tech companies across a spectrum of industries, like Asana, Birchbox, Fab, and Grooveshark. Alex was selected to be a part of Designer Fund’s Bridge fellowship program, and she has also been featured on podcasts such as Design Details and Diseño Cha Cha Cha. When she’s not making things for the internet, Alex likes curating mood boards, hiking in the wrong kind of shoes, and is slowly fulfilling her dream of becoming a mediocre ceramicist.

 

Name: Jeff & Dan
Date: Oct 19th, 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Workfront | 3301 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
Job: Lucid Software, Product Management
Title: Prioritizing Features: How to find clear answers when there is no clarity
Tickets: 
meetup.com/producthive_ut/events/244168947/

Description:
Coming up with feature ideas isn’t hard – knowing which features are the _right_ features to build at any given time – and proving it to stakeholders – is the challenge.

Come learn how product and design people turn scarce data and ambiguity into fact, and get everyone on the same page about what to build next.

Bio:
Daniel Falabella is from Guatemala and studied strategy at BYU. After graduating, he co-founded a software company, which he operated for three years before giving up and getting a real job as a software engineer at Jane. He was quickly promoted to a product manager position, where he helped Jane address retention, before accepting an offer at Lucid Software, where he currently works as a Sr. Product Manager.

Jeff Schwarting is from Los Angeles, California, and studied entrepreneurship at BYU. Jeff started a small business as a Sophomore in college, which he sold two years later as a Junior. After graduating from BYU, he co-founded a software startup along with Daniel Falabella. He helped operate the startup for three years before joining Jane.com as a product manager, where he helped improve retention, among other initiatives. Jeff currently works as a product manager at Lucid Software on the company’s mobile apps.

 

Name: Mike Kamanski
Date: Oct 19th, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Workfront | 3301 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
Job: LDS Church, Senior UX Designer
Title: Design Leadership, the Struggle Bus.
Tickets: meetup.com/producthive_ut/events/244168975/

Description:
How can you contribute to the role of design in your organization? What does it mean to be a Design Leader? What are the skills needed to be a Design Leader? We all have different skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses. How do we use what we have, and recognize what we don’t? What if you don’t want to be a leader? How is this valuable to you? Believe it or not, it applies to everyone. Let’s take a journey on the struggle bus.

Bio:
I’m currently a Senior UX Designer at the LDS Church. I like to create things. And I go by RippleMDK because I believe that small things can make a big difference. MDK is only my initials, Ripple is where my philosophy lives. Just as a small drop of water can create ever expanding ripples in a pool of water, I believe that even the smallest things designed well can have great impact.

 

Name: Blake McClary
Date: Oct 19th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Workfront | 3301 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
Job: Instructure, Product Manager
Title: Understanding your Product Manager: A Field Guide for Designers & Developers
Ticketsmeetup.com/producthive_ut/events/244169025/

Description:
Have you ever wondered why product managers act they act the way they do? We’ll take a tour inside the product manager’s brain to find out:

1) What motivates them
2) How to read them
3) How you can have the best relationship with them

Bio:
Blake is a product manager at Instructure, a publicly held ed-tech company in Utah. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, eating and working on side projects with friends.

 

Name: Leslie Brown
Date: Oct 19th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Workfront | 3301 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
Job: Plural Sight, Support Specialist
Title: Brain Talk: Decision Making
Ticketsmeetup.com/producthive_ut/events/244169044/

Description:
With a background in research and cognitive neuroscience, Leslie brings an interesting perspective to design week with a discussion about cognitive resources and decision making, as well as some implications for product users and designers alike.

Bio:
After graduating from Westminster College, Leslie accepted a position at a small ed tech startup where she immediately appreciated the applicability her experience with research and understanding human behavior in the work of product management. Seeking to better communicate with her development team, she left to learn front-end development, after which she joined the Support team at Pluralsight.

 

Name: Ryan Cobourn
Date: Oct 19th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Workfront | 3301 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT
Job: Adobe, Senior Design Manager
Title: Designing Designers: The Role of Design Managers in Product Teams

Description:
What’s the role of a manager in the software design space? How do you become a design manager? Is it right for you? What’s the future of design teams in software? We’ll discuss what makes a good design manager, how to become one, crafting high-functioning design teams, pitfalls to avoid, and how to know if you’re succeeding.

Bio:
Ryan is a Senior Design Manager at Adobe working on Adobe’s Experience Cloud. He has a wealth of software design management experience with globally distributed and co-located teams.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE – Giving Back:
The money earned from attendance fee’s for this event will be donated to relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Workfront is also collecting physical donations at the event. We invite all attendees to bring something to contribute to relief efforts.

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