Instructors

Instructors

Vicky Thomas

Director Product Management
Vivint

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: How to effectively work together over the course of your project to ship great software products

Friday, 9 November 2018, at 1:30 PM

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.

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.

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