Consultant

Consultant

Vicky Thomas

Director Product Management
Vivint

About Vicky

Vicky Thomas is the Director of Product Management for Vivint Smart Home’s mobile apps. At Vivint, Vicky leads product teams to envision and build the next generation of smart home experiences, leveraging software, hardware, AI, voice, and conversational interfaces. Prior to joining Vivint, Vicky served as Lead Product Manager at Lucid Software, makers of top-ranked productivity apps Lucidchart and Lucidpress, and as a Product Manager at Adobe on Adobe Analytics. She is passionate about building world-class product teams and bringing new ideas to life.

Vicky holds an S.B. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, with a certificate in Advanced Engineering Leadership from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. She has received numerous awards for her industry and community impact, including a 2015 Women Tech Award from the Women Tech Council, and a spot on Utah Business Magazines 2017 30 Women to Watch list. In her free time, Vicky enjoys backpacking with her husband and dog, playing soccer, backcountry skiing, and flying single-engine aircraft.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work    ⟶

Size: 10-50   •   Length: 1 day   •   Price: $7,000

Subjects: Product Management

World-class product teams are greater than the sum of their parts—but how does that happen? Sometimes you’re lucky, and if you put a cross-functional team into a small room, they spit out magic. More often, though, product teams struggle to work together effectively, spending more time bumping into each other than actually building product. PMs, UX designers, and executives all try to drive definition, engineering isn’t brought in early enough, and QA sees a story for the first time when they test it.

In this workshop, Vicky will share methods and models of working together that have transformed her teams at Adobe, Lucid Software, and Vivint Smart Home. As a participant, you’ll get hands-on practice writing OKRs, crafting the perfect one-pager, navigating the project cycle from wireframes to defined JIRA tickets, breaking down dev work for estimation, and building roadmaps that work. You’ll leave the session with tools and templates that you can implement right away, and an understanding of how to build the single most important capability of any product team.

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Demistifying Jobs to Be Done    ⟶

Size: 10-50   •   Length: 1 day   •   Price: $7,000

Subjects: Product Management

Jobs to Be Done sound great in theory, but are ripe with pitfalls when you actually go to apply them. It's really hard to craft jobs that are specific enough to be actionable, but high-level enough to describe the root of the problem you customer needs to solve. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques for modifying Clayton Christensen's popular JTBD framework so that they actually help you get closer to a real roadmap.

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Creating Product Vision from Scratch    ⟶

Size: 5-30   •   Length: 1 day   •   Price: $9,750

Subjects: Product Management

So you need a product vision... now what? This workshop is all about creating product vision and strategy from the ground up. We'll talk about the different components of an effective product vision and strategy, and how to create them. You'll leave the workshop with a gameplan to create these things for your team in 2 weeks or less.

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Outcome-driven Roadmapping    ⟶

Size: 10-50   •   Length: 1 day   •   Price: $7,000

Subjects: Product Management, Leadership

What do OKRs, Roadmaps, and Resource Planning have in common? They're all necessary, but mostly hated, practices in modern product teams. In this workshop, we'll learn how to use these tools together to create compelling plans for your team that garner support and resources from executives without sacrificing your team's agile autonomy.

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Developing Executive Presence    ⟶

Size: 10-50   •   Length: 1 day   •   Price: $7,000

Subjects: Leadership

Have you ever been told that you need to be more strategic, or that you need to work on your executive presence? What does that even mean? These skills can be elusive for early-career PMs, but they're totally learnable. In this workshop, we'll break down what it takes to be good at these things, and even get some hands-on practice developing them.

This workshop is perfect for high-potential junior PMs (or any early-career employee) who need a little bit of polish to prepare them for their next roles.

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Tactics for Creating High-performance Culture    ⟶

Size: 10-30   •   Length: 1 day   •   Price: $7,000

Subjects: Leadership

Every team can be high-performing...some of them just need to be unlocked. In this workshop, you'll learn the most important elements of high-performing teams, and how to help your team get there. Vicky will share specific examples that have worked (and not worked) as she's created high-performing cultures at Adobe, Lucid Software, and Vivint Smart Home. Topics include psychological safety, diversity & inclusion, and being a multiplier.

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