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Thursday, August 10 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
How to train your HiPPO (Joshua Arnold)

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Abstract:
Have you noticed the impact when someone more senior in your organisation shares their opinion? Meet the HiPPO: the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion. Sometimes it’s subtle and unintended. Other times it’s more direct and intentional. Either way, the HiPPO is a dangerous animal in Product Management.
When we allow the HiPPO to drive decision-making we hide critical assumptions. Value and urgency is buried. MVP scope becomes massive. Roadmap dates become commitments. Options get prematurely closed down and the chances of discovering black swans is reduced. Indeed, the HiPPO is one of the most dangerous animals to let stomp around in Product Management.
Whilst the HiPPO likes to be in charge, none of us want to be responsible for developing products that nobody wants. How can we help the HiPPO to help themselves?
This workshop is a chance to learn and practice a few simple techniques for training the HiPPOs in your organisation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand why the HiPPO is so dangerous in product development
  • Gain experience using 5 ways to help handle the HiPPO


Speakers
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Joshua Arnold

Engineer, blackswanfarming.com
With a background in fluid mechanics and systems engineering, Joshua has worked for the past decade with various organisations to improve their systems of innovation and delivery. In particular, Joshua has focused on the problem of prioritisation and portfolio management, helping... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Wekiwa 9&10