The FT Technology department just held an internal conference
, with a panel-based format similar to/entirely copied from EdgeConf
The whole thing was arranged in less than a month and, apart from some VC hiccups, ran remarkably smoothly with some good feedback from the 100+ attendees.
So what made this work, both in getting it organised and in the event itself? The organising group sat down and tried to work it out.
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My notes from the FT Engine Room tech conference, 2nd Feb 2015, from a Product Manager’s perspective.
Earlier this month I was invited as a panelist to the Engine Room conference here at the FT. As I spent last year exploring BDD practices as a product owner with the development teams, I was there to contribute on the automated testing panel. I decided to make it a full day and stayed in the audience for all the five panels. I expected a day of in-depth conversations around technical tools and engineering practices. I came prepared for that I might not understand even half of the details, but hoping to catch up on the latest trends in FT Technology. My expectations were wrong. Most of the discussions centered around what we build and how we manage our product life-cycle and as a product manager I found myself right in the middle of the action!
After a great day at the conference I wrote up my impressions from the panels and from discussions throughout the day. This is a (slightly edited) note I sent to Product Management at the FT. Perhaps there are thoughts you will find useful!