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AKF Technology for Product Managers

Workshop Overview

This 8 hour remote workshop with optional remote sessions is designed for product leaders as well as sales, marketing, finance and other leaders.

Technology principles are core to any great product team, yet unfortunately product managers defer technology decisions to engineers without understanding business tradeoffs. This workshop will give product managers the necessary and right level of technical understanding to make the best decisions with their engineering partners and team members for product growth.  

The course serves as a great way to help grow aspiring executives within the combined product and technology organizations.

Next Offering: February 5th 2024

  • Signup - $1,000.  2 core remote sessions only (4 hours each - Feb 5th and Feb 12th)
  • Signup - $1,995.  2 core sessions plus 3 optional sessions (2 to 4 hours each)

Location: Zoom

Cancellation Policy: Full refund for cancellations within 7 days of booking for bookings more than 1 month before the course start date. After 7 days post booking period, cancellations can be used as a full credit against a future course offering but no refunds are issued.

How is the workshop structured?

This two day workshop is delivered in a collaborative session and we keep the session size limited (maximum of 25 attendees) so that each attendee can be an active part of the conversation, share experiences, and ask questions from other executives who have been in your shoes. You’ll leave the workshop with principles, frameworks, and examples that you can continuously apply to your team and organization.  The 3 optional remote sessions are 2-4 hours each and held on the Mondays or Fridays following the class.

Who should attend the workshop?

Our event is designed for current CPOs, Heads of Product, Product Managers and other business leaders who want to improve their ability to cross the chasm between engineering and business leaders.  Many Product Managers are outnumbered by Engineers speaking a different language.  This workshop helps Product Managers translate engineering speak into business terms.  The course also serves as a great way to help grow aspiring executives within the combined product and technology organizations. We help companies build best in class product engineering teams from strategy to discovery to execution.

What topics are covered in the workshop?

The following is a partial list of the topics covered in the core remote portion of the course:

  • Application Development and Operations Fundamentals: Key concepts from single user apps to distributed apps with thousands of users.
  • Availability and Scalability Concepts: Understanding how to achieve 99.99% availability for thousands and even millions of users.
  • Key Roles in Technology: What does a good CTO look like? What does a good architect look like?  What are the essential skills?
  • Organizational alignment: How do leading companies continue to Innovate? Organization design is a common element.
  • Process execution: How do you master various types of work from project, product, program, ad-hoc, and emergencies?

The following is a partial list of topics covered in the optional remote sessions:

  • Big Data and ML: How do you incorporate Big Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning into your Product? How do you support external customers, internal departments, and shareholders?
  • Big Pictures & Transformations: The CPO and CTO are key to simultaneously transforming architecture, process, and people.  Learn techniques how to persuade and lead the organization. 

Who teaches this workshop?

Workshops are delivered by members of the AKF team. AKF has helped hundreds of companies across 18 countries to achieve their business objectives by aligning the architecture to the product to the market.