Product Owner Group: Hands On Design Thinking Workshop by Edgehopper

Hands On Design Thinking Workshop

This fun and exciting hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of Design Thinking and human-centered problem solving. Instead of lecturing for hours about design thinking and how it can be used by product people to solve customer problems, this fast-paced 90-minute project will have participants pair up to interview each other, identify real needs, and develop a real physical product solution for their partner. NO PREVIOUS DESIGN EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. We’ll provide all of the information and materials you need to be successful. Through this hands-on experience we hope you will take away some of the basic principles of Design Thinking and human-centered problem solving and start to adapt them to your personal and professional lives.

Speaker: Chris Spagnuolo, founder of Edgehopper

Speaker Yes – Chris is one of our generous product space mentors who brought us the valuable Persona workshop as well as the OKRs presentation. Don’t miss this last chance to learn from Chris while he is in Tampa!

Chris Spagnuolo is a product management and innovation ninja who works with organizations to understand their portfolio and product challenges and help them design opportunities to improve. He has led cross-functional, collaborative, agile product teams at organizations of all sizes. He has successfully founded three startups, including his brand new venture EdgeHopper. He has led product groups for two other startups, in addition to creating products for large-scale, multi-national corporations. Based on his wealth of experience, Chris has concluded that dogma solves nothing. Rather than following a specific framework or methodology, he focuses on generating insights through a deep understanding of the organizations he works with and their goals. He leads them in identifying a sustainable, adaptable journey to achieve their goals in a way steeped in customer empathy and aligned autonomy. 

The approaches Chris uses include systems thinking, a holistic perspective, dialogic principles to embrace diversity and group wisdom, shared meaning, shared leadership, leveraged diversity, business agility, and “sense and respond” systems. The levers he pulls include how people are organized, the types of experiences people engage in throughout the system, and what and how information flows throughout the organization. Chris  believes there is always more than one right answer, that the quality of relationships and interactions matter, that reality is defined by interactions with others, and that diversity creates creativity.

If you want to connect with Chris, you can find him Tweeting about product management and innovation on Twitter at @edgehopper, @chrisspagnuolo or on LinkedIn at chrisspagnuolo. Visit his site at where you sign up for his blog.

Location and Food Sponsors Take a moment to get to know our sponsors! We are fortunate to have our meeting space sponsored once again by KForce Kforce is a professional staffing services firm specializing in placing technologly, finance and accounting professionals.

Thank you to Clearly Agile, Inc. for sponsoring our eats and drinks for this event! ClearlyAgile is a custom software development company located in the Tampa Bay area. They work with companies of all sizes to build quality software applications. Whether you need an enterprise software solution or a new mobile application, their ability to choose the right technology enables them to deliver products on time and on budget.

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