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Data, Simplicity, and Achieving Impact | Vince Darley, Deliveroo | BoS Europe 2017

Data, Simplicity, and Achieving Impact | Vince Darley, Deliveroo | BoS Europe 2017

Vince Darley, VP of Growth, Deliveroo

Vince drew on his significant experience as a data junkie to argue that we need to switch the obsession for seeking the coolest, newest predictive/learning models for an obsession with finding (usually simple) things that improve your business. There is, of course, a time and a place for fantastic, sophisticated models, but better not to start there. Vince shared some of the simplest ideas that you can use in your business to make better-informed decisions.

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Marty Cagan on making better use of engineering teams

Marty Cagan on making better use of engineering teams

We hosted Marty Cagan, founder of Silicon Valley Product Group last night in London for a talk based around the new edition of his book, Inspired: How to Make Tech Products Customers Love.

Originally meant to be a slight update, Marty soon realized that the evolution of Product Management in the past 10 years called for a full rewrite of the original book. One of the topics he covered was making better use of engineering teams. Super-smart, experienced and an absolute gent, he talked about some of the latest developments in the world of Product Management before taking questions from a sell-out audience of very smart product people. We overran but no one cared.

A highlight for me was the six points he made on making better use of engineering teams…

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Evolving a Mature Software Company | Anil Dash, Fog Creek | BoS USA 2017

Evolving a Mature Software Company | Anil Dash, Fog Creek | BoS USA 2017

Anil Dash, CEO, Fog Creek

Anil discusses the challenges of stepping into a leadership role in what is perhaps one of the best-known software companies the public probably haven’t heard of. FogBugz, Stack Overflow and Trello are all products that have come out of the Fog Creek stable. This year, they unleashed Glitch to the world. Anil is committed to putting impact and sustainability, both of business model and company culture, at the heart of their vision for the future. What does that mean in practice and what can you learn about your own vision?

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Last Chance to Apply for a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

Last Chance to Apply for a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

There’s not long left to apply to give a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

Lightning Talks are tricky beasts. You have just 7.5 minutes you have to communicate your point clearly and concisely – a harder task than it might seem. You are allowed slides, of course… but they advance automatically every 30 seconds. Not only do you have to be quick, but your timing must be impeccable.

However, if you conquer the challenge, you join the Pantheon of the Greats*. Below you can see brilliant Lightning Talks from Business of Software from Patrick McKenzie (patio11, Stripe)Des Traynor (Founder, Intercom), and Alexis Ohanian (Founder, Reddit).

Fancy yourself up to the challenge? You can submit your talk here.

*Not an actual physical Pantheon.

Watch Lightning Talks below

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Innovation: Catching The Next Wave | Hangout Replay with Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky

Innovation: Catching The Next Wave | Hangout Replay with Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky

What is an Inflection Point? And how can Software Companies take advantage of them?

Yesterday’s hangout demonstrated that Rita Gunther McGrath and Michael Sikorsky are two of the smartest minds we’ve had at BoS. We had a fascinating discussion about Inflection points, and how software companies can take advantage of them to innovate and take the lead in new fields, both in terms of product and org dynamics.

Read on to find the replay and more about Michael and Rita.

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Sense & Respond | Hangout with Josh Seiden

Sense & Respond | Hangout with Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden is the co-author of Lean UX and Sense & Respond.

Last Tuesday we sat down to discuss ‘Sense & Respond’, and how it can help product teams to produce better results. We had some great questions to discuss including: How Sense & Respond can be used in small companies (and why it’s different to Lean); How to hold employees accountable for performance when outcomes are less well defined; How to communicate LeanUX benefits to client/product stakeholders; and many more.

Josh is now running Sense & Respond Press – they publish short, practical business books. One of their authors will be speaking at BoS Conference Europe next month. Check them out – great stuff.

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Software Driven Inflection Points: How Emerging Business Models Drive Growth | Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky | BoS USA 2017

Software Driven Inflection Points: How Emerging Business Models Drive Growth | Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky | BoS USA 2017

Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School & Michael Sikorsky, CEO & co-founder, Robots & Pencils

Rita introduces her new research on how strategic inflection points offer an opportunity to disrupt existing players using examples like Dollar Shave Club vs. Gillette to show how changes in technology can destabilise existing competitive advantages. Michael Sikorsky shows how companies create entirely new business models to solve perennial problems and drive growth – how can banks use mobile to appeal to millennials and machine learning talk to talk to your mobile?

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