Re-imagined as remote-only
In response to the unique challenges of COVID-19 Web Directions Product will now take place remote only. But expect much more than just Zoom based presentations and Slack channels.
Building on the extensive work we've done with our conference presentation platform Conffab, Product://remote aims to re-imagine from the ground up the conference experience, not just port the traditional conference to the Web.
With a focus on highly engaging, expertly filmed and edited, screen-oriented presentations, alongside spaces to connect, communicate and keep in touch with everything around the conference, you'll be immersed as if you were there–maybe even more so.
How will Product://remote be held?
Most online conferences run just like in-person conferences–one or two jam-packed days. But with so many folks working remotely, and spending so much of their day in front of a screen we felt there was the opportunity to rethink this, and do something differently.
So Product://remote will take place over 4 consecutive Fridays (or Thursday for those on the other side of the date line). It will run for 3 and a half hours each session (with a bit of downtime built-in), which also means folks can attend anywhere from the West Coast of the US and Canada, right across to Hong Kong and Singapore either during their workday, or not too much outside it.
This means you'll be attending with folks from across the world, from the comfort of your own home (or maybe office), which we find incredibly exciting.
Our Expert Advisors
We've assembled a team of expert advisors to help ensure we deliver the best possible remote-first experience.
Matheus brings his years of film making expertise to create compelling remote-first presentations.
Filmaker and Editor
Manisha Amin and the Centre for Inclusive Design will help ensure the most inclusive event possible.
Centre for Inclusive Design
Our presentation gurus, Tarek Said and Sarah Ewen will work with speakers to deliver highly engaging presentations.
Public Speaking for Life
COVID19 has already changed our lives, how we work, how we connect and communicate. And while many of us, understandably, live in the hope that when all this blows over, life will return to "normal", many of these changes are here permanently.
Product asks experts in product design and product management to address the question "what does what we do look like post-COVID19?". How do teams communicate? How do we do strategy, research, product management? What challenges have been heightened, and what is less relevant?
If these are issues you're facing and considering, then Product is for you.
For product designers we'll cover all things product design: from research to content, UX, UI, IxD, as well as visual design, and designops.
For product owners and managers we'll cover product management and leadership, and the whole product lifecycle–from communication to discovery, onboarding to growth, strategy and more.
Who's it for?
Product is designed for Product managers and owners, heads of product, and other professionals responsible for delivering digital products.
And it's designed for everyone involved with the design of dgital products and services. From user research, UX, CX, IxD and Product Designers, Design Managers, Art and Creative Directors, content developers and strategists.
In short, if you're involved in delivering product, Product is for you.
Real World Knowledge
As with all our conferences there's no waffling panels or thinly veiled sponsor content, just real world experts, all chosen for their expertise and independence.
- 20+ Transformational speakers
- 12+ Hours of content
- 4 Deep sessions
- 1 Extraordinary Month
Over 560 presentations from 437 world leading experts at 32 conferences…and counting
Plus hundreds of eBooks and online courses from Wiley, Packt, SitePoint, A Book Apart and other leading publishers.
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Session 1: Research and Discovery
Friday November 13th
Week one focusses on the challenge of product discovery, and research to ensure you and your team build the right thing, before you build the thing right.
Aarron Walter VP of Design Education Invision
Designing for Emotion
These are intense times and we’re all feeling a lot of emotions. Tuning into your customers’ emotions—fluctuating from fear and uncertainty to joy and hope—is essential to connecting what and how you design to those you’re designing for.
Aarron Walter shows you how to bring designing for emotion—all emotions—into your process so you can create better, kinder customer experiences.
Emma Boulton Director of Design Research Babylon Health
Guiding your team strategy with User Research Principles
We often hear that Ops is all about process, efficiency, speed and scale but does saving time and money have a real and lasting impact? What about quality? Are we doing the right work or are we scaling poor quality research? Is the work visible? Are we learning from our insights or are we repeating the same studies? Does anyone care about governance or are we skipping over the ‘boring’ work in favour of speed?
In this talk, Emma will introduce you to her Research Ops Principles. She will show you how these can help you set objectives and guide your strategy. You will learn how a well-functioning Research Ops layer, helps the work of the team stay relevant and impactful.
Jessica Edwards UX Developer Canva
The Art of the Prototype
Building a prototype is a great way to get feedback on a feature without dealing with the red tape that comes with engineering. As an engineer, you might be tasked with building a prototype and become instantly wary: every 'prototype' you've built before ended up in production and you've been suffering from the technical debt ever since, or it was too far removed from reality to truly answer any questions.
But prototyping is still valuable. Not only is it a useful tool to have on hand in product development, it's also a great way to hone the craft of writing code outside the scope of engineering. So, how do you reap the benefits of prototyping without suffering from "prototypes last forever"? This talk will cover strategies to ensure your time is spent effectively, and how to communicate and present your work to stakeholders so everyone is on the same page.
Tom Alterman VP of Product & Design StructionSite
Moving fast and NOT break things: Experimenting in zero failure environments
Building new products is incredibly hard, especially if you want to do so quickly with few resources. All the great lean approaches developed over the past few years rely on fast experimentation and learning from failures.
This is great in consumer products but how can we do this in Enterprise SaaS where we’re often working on mission critical solutions that can never be allowed to fail? What if you’re building tools for industries where people’s lives are at risk if your product doesn’t work correctly the first time?
This was the exact challenge we faced at PlanGrid when looking to launch a brand new product for managing construction projects. Come hear how we got a very small cross-functional team to explore, build and start earning multi-million dollars in revenue in a matter of months.
Jack O'Donoghue Experience Design Lead Sportsbet
Design Fiction and Space to Speculate
When we work in the same way as our competitors, we sign up for the same set of constraints. On the same path to the same destination. We’re good at improving our products through a series of iterations, but the holy grail of bold innovation is as elusive as ever.
We’ll see how fictions and possible futures can help us to think without boundaries. We’ll talk atomic priests, glowing cats, and love-struck computers to see how making space to speculate leads to new ideas.
Christian Crumlish Product Leader PathCheck Foundation
"Break Even" is about going from product-market fit, to experimenting with revenue models, to achieving profitability, based on my experience taking 7 Cups from an entirely free service running on seed capital to a profitable company without taking any venture capital rounds (with $5m in revenue in 2018 and on track for at least $20m in 2019).
“Break Even” offers insights from the arduous path of taking a raw startup idea to the rare milestone of profitability (first "ramen profitable" and ultimately revenue enough to grow on).
Session 2: Strategy and Leadership
Friday November 20th
Week two addresses the challenges to strategy and leadership posed by COVID-19. How do we lead teams who we only see onscreen? And what does product strategy look like now?
Randy Hunt & Preeti Kotamarthi Head of Design, Behavioural Science Lead Grab
Perception, Behavior, or Both
Design is a learning practice. We learn by designing. We design to learn. What are we trying to learn, though? What is the output of design? We design to learn if our decisions are capable of shaping human behaviour and shaping perception the way we intend to. Or are they shaping it in unintended ways?
Ben Wirtz Chief Product Officer Aurelius
How entrepreneurial is your product team?
6 years ago, Benjamin F. Wirtz shut down his startup and became a Senior Product Manager at Atlassian. 4 years ago he wrote a blog post about the transition from founder to PM. He has upskilled over 1,000 product people since, but still gets emails about that blog post.
As the world economy is facing possibly the biggest recession in modern history, it's the entrepreneurial people who will propel organisations to excel in the new world – if organisations dare to hire them. WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton was famously rejected by Facebook, which bought his company 5 years later for $16bn as it was slowly disrupting Facebook.
Where are organisations going wrong when they reject entrepreneurial people, and how can entrepreneurs increase their 'product/market fit' with larger organisations? This talk will help both sides turn a lose-lose into a win-win.
Randy Silver Director Out of Owls
What Do We Do Now?
The philosopher Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This year has punched all of our roadmaps in the mouth. Hard.
For a while, the question is, what do we do now? A few months later and we’re asking, what do we do next?
In this session, Randy Silver guides you through the questions you need to be asking - and the conversations you need to be having - to ensure you and your team are working on the right things, right now.
Cheryl Gledhill Head of Product Zip Co Limited
Effective product management from crisis to the new normal
Product managers are nothing if not adaptable. How do we remain effective product managers and thrive in our roles if remote Zoom sessions are to be our near-term future? How do we retain influence and continue to drive through innovation when we're in our yoga pants in our living room? What are some of the new challenges we're going to face in this covid 19/ post pandemic world?
David Dylan Thomas Author, speaker, filmmaker
Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil
Users' minds take shortcuts to get through the day. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this talk, based on my book from A Book Apart, I’ll use real-world examples to identify some particularly nasty biases that frequently lead users to make bad decisions. I'll then talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our apps, designs, and platforms to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases. Finally, I'll explore our own biases as designers and some methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting users.
Jane Davis Head of UX Research and Content Design Zapier
Potato, Potato: Building Connection Between Product and Design
Product teams can benefit tremendously from both experimentation and research, but it can be difficult to understand when to apply each approach. This session will run through a framework for deciding when to experiment and when to do research and help people understand how to apply it to their own work.
Session 3: Professional Practice
Friday November 27th
Week three focusses on professional practice for Product Designers and Managers. From building creative and sustainable design systems, to Machine Learning for Product professionals, and much more.
Mark Boulton design director, writer, and speaker
Guardrails or handcuffs? Building creative and sustainable design systems
The holy grail for design systems is akin to designing a game like chess or football: Create a system with simple, understandable and communicable rules that empower creative freedom and expression with limitless possibility.
Modern digital design systems take a different path: create modular, reusable components so we can quickly build on-brand products at scale.
The latter is always sold with the promise of the former.
In this talk, Mark will outline his approach to building design system products and teams that acknowledge the tensions that exist between the need to scale and the need to differentiate.
Sharbani Dhar Program Design Lead AusPost
Breathing room for Design
Over the past few years, the digital team at AusPost has matured into one of the most well-functioning agile trains in Australia. The challenge in this journey to success was to ensure how design and discovery retain their customer centricity in an environment of rapid production (we deliver every. 3 days!). The need was to continue to be proactive instead of reactive in our approach to problem-solving.
Some of the challenges the design team had were
- To ensure we had enough room for the right amount of research for the right problem while ensuring rapid delivery.
- To ensure that all members of the team from Product to Development could collaborate like a true cross-functional team to come up with solutions to problems.
- To ensure there was always enough fodder for the delivery trains to continue delivering while design and research would be doing their bit.
The talk will be a demonstration of how the Design team introduced 'dual-track' methodology of embedding design thinking into agile development trains and worked with the wider teams to incorporate it as a way of unpacking and delivering on complex customer problems.
Emma Carter UX Design & Product Lead ThoughtWorks
Make me pretty
According to research you’re going to spend 10% more time looking at my speaker profile than reading my Bio, which is a little bit creepy.
65% of the population are visual learners and more than 500 million people use Instagram daily to like photos, comment and post stories. Visual design is in our DNA and it impacts our overall product experience.
The rise of design sprints, MVP’s and simply getting an idea out there as fast as possible to test and gain feedback is great to validate an idea. The continuous delivery of products ensures we are always testing and constantly delivering better experiences to customers. However, the visual design of products and software is often seen as just adding the lipstick. Some delivery teams don’t even have time to go back over products and add the polish to create a better experience for customers, yet 65% of the population are visual learners.
How much impact does the visual aesthetics really have on the user behaviour and overall product experience?
During the 20 minutes, I will walk you though the impact visual aesthetics has on the user behaviour and overall product experience. How brands like Uber use visual elements to optimise pages. You will leave knowing more about how our brains work and process visual elements. How visual elements guide users attention and how brands are boosting their revenue by combining their brand and key user interface design. All of which is vital for any successful product.
Ashley Hefnawy Creative + UX Writer
How UX Can Help Us Humanize Products in the COVID-19 Era (and Beyond)
How do we talk about the products we work with as designers, writers, strategists, and creative thinkers? As a UX Writer, I am often hired to help companies and brands "humanize" their voice, making sure that different aspects of the product experience are clear and easy to follow from a language lens. I have become known for my ability to transform complex subjects into digestible, human messages.
Many writers are known to do this, and what I'm asking is: instead of backtracking to use language as a means of humanizing products, what does it look like if the products themselves are more human friendly? As we move forward as a society and continue to build for humanity during and eventually post COVID-19, we must pay attention to the shifts that happen—in the ways we understand what humanization means for ourselves, how we relate to each other with community and care in mind, and how we relate to products.
This session will help attendees think creatively about what it might look like to live in a world where the products that make their way into our lives are actually given substantial thought, where brand loyalty is no longer just about great branding, where we evolve to build and create products that work to help us be better humans to ourselves and to each other.
Mat Travers & Matt Kelcey Principal, Machine learning Product Principal ThoughtWorks
Machine Learning for Product Managers
Machine learning offers huge potential across digital products but it continues to come with so much hype that it leaves us with more questions than answers. What new thing can we build we couldn't before? How do we introduce intelligence into existing products? How much data do we really need?
In this talk Mat and Matt given an overview of practical concerns in building machine learning powered products through a set of standard product management lenses including customer value, commercial viability, technical feasibility and end usability.
They step back and consider the strategic implications of Machine Learning and the potential to build sustainable competitive advantage, before diving into the practicalities of establishing ML product teams.
Albert Mai Head of Growth Vero
The triangle love: Product, Data and Growth
In 2013, Albert made the bold move to Sydney from Vietnam via Singapore, to immerse himself in one of the leading startup ecosystems in the world.
Since then he's worked on numerous projects and with startups including AngelHack hackathon, Dolphin Browser, AVYLD, AsianPioneers, ZeroMail, IMWT, Airtasker, GlamCorner, TinyBeans and most recently, Vero.
Session 4: Ethics and Principles
Friday December 47th
It's no longer sufficient to pay lip service to ethics and the consequences when we design and build our products and services. In the final week we'll think more deeply about the ethics of our practice, and building right.
Laura Summers multi-disciplinary designer Debias.ai
Fair game: the ethics of telco fraud
How do we connect high-level principles with day-to-day product decision making? How do we move past the AI Ethics hype and start trying, testing and implementing practical approaches?
These questions are at the heart of Laura's work, and in this talk she shares stories, discoveries, and decisions from her time as an 'ethics ops' consultant embedded with a small team in a big telco.
From improving the science bit of data science, to developing the collective sensitivity of the team, to designing recourse for false positives, tune in for pragmatic pointers and actionable take-aways that you can try with your team right away.
Nicola Rushton Product Designer
Who's homeless because of what I designed?
Product designers have power. We come up with ideas, and ship them to the world. And sometimes, those ideas take on a life of their own…. To severely unintended consequences. Twitter was designed as a micro-messaging platform, and ended up influencing world politics. Freaked out yet? Maybe we should be.
In this talk, Nicola shares one tool we can use to get a super-scaled perspective on our designs and the potential impacts they could have on the world, and what we can do with this information once we have it. She will also talk through one example of how this looks in the real world.
Nathan Kinch & Rob Hale Founder and CEO, Chief Digital Officer Greater than Experience, Regional Australia Bank
It's time to get better at disclosure: An evidence-based toolkit
Have you ever read an entire terms and conditions document? Have you ever been tasked with 'designing' one?
For most, the answer to both questions is no. In fact, if your only job was to read the privacy policies of every website you visited in a year, you'd be fully employed for 76 working days.
Although it's commonly cited that no one cares about this dilemma, the evidence suggests otherwise. People are resigned. They feel disempowered. They've become apathetic. As a result, they tick and forget. At Greater Than X we refer to this phenomenon as the Agreement Bypass Bias (ABB for short!).
The thing is, it doesn't have to be this way. Terms and Conditions, Product Disclosure Statements and Privacy Notices can be valuable, meaningful and engaging. This presentation will demonstrate how.
Nathan Kinch, Co-founder and CEO of Greater Than X, will share practical case studies from their Better Disclosure work, get you up close and personal with the Better Disclosure Toolkit and ensure that, by the end of the talk, you have access to new tools and approaches you can put into practice the following day. Nathan will be joined on stage by Rob Hale, Chief Digital Officer at Regional Australia Bank. Rob will share his candid perspective on the challenges and opportunities of putting this work into practice within a purpose and community driven, yet heavily regulated organisation.
No one likes the wool pulled over their eyes. This is how we, as product designers and developers, can ensure our customers never feel this way again.
Kate Linton Head of Design ThoughtWorks Australia
Design Patterns for building Trust
Trust in banks is at an all time low in Australia. Following the Banking Royal Commission and the introduction of Consumer Data Rights (CDR), there is a critical focus within our financial institutions to re-establish trust with customers and introduce greater controls for users over their data and flexibility over their accounts and service providers.
ThoughtWorks, through our work with the banks and Government, are drawing upon customer friendly and repeatable Design Patterns for Banks, Financial Services and Corporates to enable a consistent approach to Open Banking and CDR, enabling these organisations to offer customers a far better experience that will slowly build back trust.
In this talk, we will share these design patterns and the insights learned through prototyping and testing with customers and merchants. These designs are based on principles that are relevant to all customer interactions. Learn about how these methods and patterns can be applied to give customers control in their online transactions and greater confidence over their financial decisions.
Meg Blake Product and Design Consultant ThoughtWorks
Designing responsibility during rapid technological change.
It’s no wonder we are starting to see a rising public backlash toward tech companies, or ‘techlash’, that is defining the state of the tech world in 2020. We are seeing data breaches, unfair working conditions, social polarisation, bullying and harassment on social media becoming the norm. Technology has even become a threat to global democracy.
It’s clear that there is an urgent need for designers to evolve our design practice in the face of these seismic technology shifts. So what can we do better?
This talk will give you three strategies to help you create better and safer products that take everyone into consideration and allow you to take more responsibility in creating technology that reflects our human values and intentions.
Raymond Dellar Iteration Manager, Delivery Lead, and Agile Coach DiUS
With Great Addiction, Comes Great Responsibility
When 0.4% of all users of Candy Crush generate more than 50% of the game's revenues, when attention translates directly into revenue, where a small number of super-users of platforms generate most of the content on those platforms, the line between "habit" and "addiction" has become well and truly blurred. Games, apps and online services are explicitly designed to trigger the same kinds responses as addictive substances and behaviours.
In this presentation Raymond Dellar will dissect how these addiction loops are built into products and the psychology behind why it works. He'll conclude by considering how we can use these lessons to help and improve our customer's lives, instead of draining them.
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Product://remote 2020 will now take place wherever it's most convenient for you.
Taking place across 4 Fridays in November (or Thursdays for those east of the date line) at a time convenient from the US Pacific Coast to Hong Kong and Singapore, we're bringing world leading experts and ideas to you.
Product://remote will take place on Thursday November 5, 12, 19, 26 4pm–7:30pm Pacific Time, and on Friday November 6, 13, 20, 27 in New Zealand from 1pm–4:30pm, on Australia's East Coast from 11am–2:30pm, in Japan and Korea from 10am–1:30pm, and in Perth and South East Asia (including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines) from 9am–12:30pm
Get out of bed, make a coffee, wander to your desk, and start right in. Or just watch from the comfort of your bed. If conditions allow watch in your office, or grab a team pass and watch together as a team.
No expensive flights, or long commutes, be part of it wherever you feel like.
No need for hotel rooms or airbnbs!
Praise for past Web Directions events
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!
inventor "responsive Web design"
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite
founder Campaign Monitor
Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, product managers indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.
We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.
We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're switching things up a bit for 2020. We'll be organising Product, Design, and Code as online conferences, and our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit will take place in Sydney as soon as it is practicable in late 2020 or early 2021.
John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.
His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.
His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".
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