If you’re a Melbourne product owner, product manager, product marketer or just product curious then you should free up your Saturday this weekend to come along to Product Camp.
Tickets are still available for this huge (and free) meetup of Melbourne product management professionals. The day is organised in an unconference format, where attendees decide and drive the content on the day.
I’m not always inclined to wake up at 2:30am for a live SharePoint announcement, but this one seemed big, and it was. The focus of the 2 hour presentation was a number of significant improvements to SharePoint on premise, SharePoint online and Office 365.
Enterprise Collaboration Techfest (ECTF16) was in Melbourne on February 29 and March 1 2016. The lineup included a number of my favourite international thinkers in the enterprise social and intranet space, so I was very pleased to be able to attend and absorb fascinating case studies and new ideas.
The high level themes that had a thread through many of the presentations and give me focus for my own work:
Collaboration is about people
Technology won’t solve people problems
Culture eats technology (and strategy) for breakfast
The physical environment still plays a part in the digital workplace
What I personally take away from this is a reminder about design needing to be people focussed, and an action to be less focussed on the tool and more focussed on behavioural aspects. Instead of dropping a new toy in their laps. What are we trying to help or change for people?
Here is a selection of my favourite concepts from individual presenters throughout the conference:
Collaboration is a human activity. The collaboration paradox is “the more tools we have the less connected we seem” – Dion Hinchcliffe
Are new tools needed? Focus on people and leverage existing tools. – Robyn Randell
Without the why (of collaboration) we’re just like chickens fighting in the dark – Silvia Damiano
3 types of use cases to show the benefits of collaboration: wide, deep and replicable. – Sharon O’Dea
Think of it as a ‘Digital Headquarters’, but don’t forget the physical counterpart. Both are important. – Paul Miller
The group is smarter as long as everyone is contributing. – Sean Halloran
See more detail from a selection of presentations in my sketchnotes below.
Next week I will be hosting the last Doodle-le-do Melbourne of 2015, and there is one ticket left. If you ever wished you could draw, join a group of like-minded folk for drawing, drinks and nibbles. Doodle-le-do is about showing you that you can.
There is less than a week to go until Leading the Product in Melbourne and only a few tickets left. Leading the Product is the event for Product Management professionals in Australia. I am proud to me an Ambassador for the conference and supporting the organising team including being an official sketchnoter for the day.
I’ve been following the Intranet Innovation Awards for a few years now and every year I am wowed by the fresh ideas, clever execution and innovative ways that intranets can meet staff needs. I jumped on to the webinar to get my annual fix of intranet awesome and was not disappointed. Congratulations all of this years winners; and to James, Steve and the team at Step Two Designs on another excellent collection. Here are my takeaways from the session.