There are plenty of fantastic ways to keep your product management skills sharp and keep up with evolving industry trends and new technologies. There’s no shortage of product management blogs, podcasts, and reading lists out there to keep you in the know. However, real, in-person events such as meetups and conferences are by far the best way to keep up with industry trends while simultaneously helping you meet like minded professionals and expand your network. But with so many product management events happening this year, how do you choose which to attend? We’ve compiled a list of the product management events we are most excited to attend this year:
Best Product Experience Conference: Pendomonium
Hosted by Pendo, this 3-day event is dedicated to helping product, UX, and customer success teams at technology companies work together to deliver awesome product experiences. The event will feature sessions hosted by product leaders at high-growth SaaS companies and Pendo promises attendees a mix of real-world use cases and hands-on best practices sessions to help inform and inspire attendees to create better product experiences. You can see the variety of workshops, keynotes, and breakout sessions Pendo has in store here.
Dates: March 6-8th, 2017
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Tickets and information: http://www.pendo.io/pendomonium/
Best Data-Driven Product Management Conference: BASiS
At UserVoice, we firmly believe data should be the basis for product decisions, so we decided to host a product management conference dedicated specifically to data-driven product management. In April, we’re bringing together more than 300 product managers for a day-long event showcasing cutting-edge product management methodologies, processes, and technologies all rooted in data. You’ll hear about how product leaders are rigorously analyzing and applying data to their product development processes, get practical advice and best practices, and see demos for tools so you can bring that knowledge to work and be the data champion for your team and company.
Date: April 28, 2017
Location: San Francisco, California
Tickets and information:https://www.uservoice.com/basis/
Best Product Innovation Conference: Industry Summit
Industry Summit is a two-day product management conference dedicated to “people who build, launch and scale world-class products,” and attended by product teams from a wide range of industries such as software, consumer goods, and healthcare. Whether you’re a VP, a product manager, CEO, founder, or simply have a passion for products and innovation, you’ll enjoy the variety of topics presented, all of which fall into one of three distinct tracks, Build, Launch, and Scale. Still not sure? Get a sneak peek of what you can expect at Industry Summit Cleveland on their blog.
Dates:September 14th & 15th 2017
Tickets and information:http://indsum.com/
Largest Product Management Conference: Mind the Product
The Mind the Product Conferences, held annually in San Francisco and in London, are arguably two of the largest product events out there. “The conference for passionate product people” reportedly brought together more than 1200 product managers from around the world to its London event in 2015 and has continued to grow in size since then.
The events are hosted by the same smart product folks behind the Mind the Product Blog, who have done an excellent job of curating speakers who’ve provided the perfect balance between practical advice and inspirational ideas each year. 2017 marks MTP’s 6th London conference and their 3rd San Francisco event.
MTP San Francisco
Date: June 13th, 2017
Tickets and information:http://mtpcon.com/sf/
Date:September 8th, 2017
Tickets and information:http://mtpcon.com/london/
If you’re looking for smaller or local events in more casual setting then the conferences we listed above, there’s several places you can search. Here’s a few suggestions:
- Mind the Product
- Boston Product Management Association (BPMA)
- Silicon Valley Product Management Association (SVPMA)