Talks and Videos
Here are a collection of my talks and presentations. While some talks have similar titles, they have been tailored to the audience I am presenting to. I am happy to tailor talks and topics to your audience.
The Build Trap
This keynote was presented at Lean Agile Scotland in 2016.
Are you building what your customers really want, or are you just building? The "Build Trap" is easy to fall into, especially in Agile transformations. Instead of focusing on building, we need to shift our focus to good Product Management strategies that help us validate our ideas before we start coding.
Escaping the Build Trap
this keynote was presented at mind the product in 2017
While Agile software development helps us build products well, it does not specify anything about Product Management practices. In order to get out of the Build Trap, we need good Product Management. Our strategy, processes, and culture have to be focused just as much on building the right thing as they are on building the things right.
Designed to Learn
This talk was presented at UX Lisbon and The Lean Event in 2016
The purpose of a Minimum Viable Product is to learn about your customers. The more information you can uncover through experimentation, the more certainty there is that you are building the right thing. In this talk, Melissa will tell you how to design the most effective MVPs and how to get the rest of the organization on board with this method of testing, and how to incorporate it into overall Product Strategy.