ProductCamp Global Coordination

If you are a ProductCamp leader, or are thinking about starting a ProductCamp in your area, this post is for you.

There is a problem with how ProductCamps are organized and run today: they are very tribal.  Knowledge is passed on a one-to-one basis, or by physically traveling to another city to watch how that camp performs.  This is inefficient and error-prone, and leads to a “multiplicity” problem where we are making a copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy and missing out on the chance to share what is working and what isn’t to create a kick-ass experience for everyone.

To solve this problem, I have joined with two other leaders in the ProductCamp community to kick off an new initiative: a Global forum for ProductCamp coordination.  Joining me is Colleen Heubaum, past President of ProductCamp Austin and small business owner.  She brings loads of experience in managing teams, wrangling personalities, and guiding ProductCamp through transition and growth periods.  Jon White is a board member at ProductCamp Seattle and the Product Management Consortium and has a broad range of experience in managing these same issues with ProductCamps.

Our goal is simple: provide a place where leaders of exisiting and prospective ProductCamps around the world can share best-practices, learn from each other, talk about challenges and provide solutions, and collectively raise the experience that we provide to the ProductCamp community.  To kick off this program, we are hosting a conference call/web meeting this coming Monday February 11th at 11:00AM Central time.  Leaders from over 30 camps have been contacted and we look forward to a good discussion about where we need to focus in the future.  We envision a monthly cadence of calls, which will be recorded and posted for anyone interested to listen to and gain knowledge from in the future.

If you would like to join the call, please feel free – we want this service to benefit everyone.  Details to join are below:

Step 1: Dial-In
U.S. & Canada:    866.740.1260
Australia: 1800642582 (Toll Free)
France: 0800942408 (Toll Free)
Germany: 08006645316 (Toll Free)
United Kingdom: 08004960576 (Toll Free)
Access Code: 7761906
Step 2: Web Login

If you can’t make the call for whatever reason (there is never a perfect time for everyone), please drop your info into this form, and tell us what topics you would like to hear the community of leaders talk about in the future.

If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to email me.  Talk to you Monday!

Paul Young

Paul Young

Paul Young oversees the strategic development of Pragmatic Institute’s portfolio of products and leads the executive team in the evaluation of new product opportunities. He also manages the instructor team. Paul began his career as a software developer and has worked in startups and large companies across B2B and B2C industries, including telecommunications and networking, IT and professional services, consumer electronics and enterprise software. He has managed P&L lines for products with hundreds of millions in revenue, and faced difficult choices about which products in the portfolio to retain and which to kill. Reach him at

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