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Tuesday, August 8 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Why and how we are moving beyond the Product Owner Mindset at Riot Games (Michael Robillard, Ahmed Sidky) POPULAR

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At Riot Games our mission is to be the most player-focused game company in the world. That means we need to build fun, competitive, and engaging experiences for our players - everyday! In this journey we discovered that the product owner mindset and tools are insufficient. We needed to go beyond creating and managing backlogs to defining inspiring visions and creating bold strategies - still in an agile and flexible manner.
This shift requires a new mindset and a collection of effective yet lightweight tools and techniques. Our product leaders must ask different questions, discover deeper resonance, and provide strategic guidance that maintains the empowerment and autonomy of our programs and teams. As a result, we require a focus on the new world we aspire to create and the required impact, consistent terminology for often vague or overused strategic concepts; and we require the capability to identify and challenge the implicit assumptions in our strategic decision.
We will show how at Riot Games we have expanded on Jeff Patton's work on output/outcome/impact and combined it with Roger Martin's work on lightweight iterative strategy to drive our product organization forward. In addition, we are leveraging the validated learning approach from Lean Startup to minimize the risk of our strategic directions. We will discuss a critical inflection point where it is all too common to shift from outcome and impact back to output and why we believe this is inappropriate and how we keep it from happening at Riot. We will also include activities that will allow participants to experience the strategic thought process we are currently deploying across Product Management at Riot Games.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how and why Riot differentiates between Output, Outcome, and Impact
  • Learn how and why to apply Product Management craft in an agile, complex, entertainment organization for creating, communicating, and de-risking strategy
  • Ability to describe a holistic system of building, validating, and aligning product strategy in an agile organization
  • Ability to apply Roger Martin's strategic framework of questions to whatever strategic process you use


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Ahmed Sidky

Head of Business Agility, Riot Games
Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is currently the Director of Development Management for Riot Games and before that he was a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He is the co-author of Becoming Agile... Read More →

Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT