Product management conferences are great opportunities for product managers to learn from their peers, network, and — perhaps most importantly—gain the fresh perspective that comes along with a few days away from the office. In recent years, a handful of great, product-focused conferences has cropped up to fill the growing demand. To help you choose an event that’s right for you, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite conferences for product managers (along with links to their websites for more information).

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This list of product management conferences would be incomplete if we didn’t also mention ProductCamp and other local meet-ups, which are excellent opportunities for product managers to mingle. However, we chose to focus on larger conferences that attract attendees from all over the world, so that PMs can make informed decisions about whether or not to invest in attending these events.

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1. Mind the Product

San Francisco, CA: July 13-14, 2020
London, United Kingdom: October 1-2, 2020

Mind the Product is an annual product management conference that takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, with one event in London and one in San Francisco. A play on the British railway warning “mind the gap”, Mind the Product started in England, but has since expanded to become a global community of product managers. In addition to the annual MTP conference, the community also organizes smaller Product Tanks in cities all over the world. (There is most likely one coming up in your city!)

We attended MTP San Francisco for the last several years and shared our thoughts in this blog post. One of our favorite speakers over the last few years was Ken Norton, a former Google product manager and a current partner at Google Ventures, who talked about the importance of making yourself uncomfortable and giving your team space to take risks — because that’s how innovation truly takes place. Another fan-favorite was Des Traynor, one of the founders of Intercom, whose presentation focused on outpacing disruption by thinking about products as systems, rather than as isolated applications.

Although it’s not necessarily the best place to find concrete product management advice, Mind the Product promises to be a congregation of some of the most forward-thinking, cutting edge voices in product management. Their ideas will leave you feeling inspired — and will certainly break you out of your day-to-day putting out fires/backlog management mindset.

2. Atlassian Summit

Las Vegas, NV: March 31-April 2, 2020

Summit is Atlassian’s annual user conference that brings together teams from all over the world to share best practices for building products — both in general and with Atlassian software specifically. The conference kicks off with training sessions on Atlassian products and then transitions into a series of keynotes from product leaders and innovators. Company and industry updates from Atlassian executives are also thrown into the mix.

The focus of the conference is on how teams can work together to build great things (which is no surprise since Atlassian makes software for teams, like Jira, Confluence, and their most recent addition, Trello). Attendees are therefore less homogenous than Mind the Product, which is specifically designed for product managers. At Atlassian Summit, you are likely to encounter a variety of job titles — developers, designers, scrum masters, and the like. There are nevertheless plenty of keynotes that product managers will find valuable, with topics ranging from story mapping and roadmap planning to building a culture of innovation.

Like Mind the Product, Atlassian Summit has two sister events, one in Europe and one in Silicon Valley. Unlike MTP, Summit takes place over three full days and has multiple sessions running in parallel, so attendees can customize their schedules. With lots of speakers and breakout sessions to choose from, product managers of all experience levels are certain to find talks they’re interested in. And if the educational and professional development opportunities aren’t enough to convince you, the conference also ends with a big party, the “Atlassian Bash.”

3. Industry: The Product Conference

Dublin, Ireland: March 9-11, 2020
Cleveland, OH: September 21-23, 2020

Industry is a two-day product conference in Cleveland, Ohio that bills itself as a way for product managers to “get out of execution mode and get inspired.” Most attendees are product managers, but the conference also attracts startup founders, CEOs, and “intraprenuers.” Industry is organized by The Product Collective, an organization founded in 2014 to bring product managers together and build community — especially outside of Silicon Valley.

The event includes presentations by featured speakers as well as working sessions focused on achieving specific goals. In past years, speakers have come from companies like Uber, Square, and Google. Some of this year’s highlighted speakers include Jason Fried, Co-Founder and CEO of Basecamp, and Megan Quinn, General Partner at Spark Capital — which supports companies like Oculus, Slack, and Twitter. Work session topics include achieving product-market fit, questioning your assumptions, and the jobs-to-be-done framework. These hyper-specific topics makes this event one of the best product management conferences for those looking for concrete, actionable strategies.

Industry promises to be a gathering of the world’s best product managers, and in that regard it bears a lot of resemblance to Mind the Product, including some overlap between speakers (Melissa Perri, for example, will speak at both conferences this year). Industry, however, is a longer conference and its organizers are headquartered in Cleveland rather than London, making it more convenient for most PMs in the eastern United States.

4. SiriusDecisions Summit

Austin, TX: May 3-6, 2020

SiriusDecisions Summit is a conference for B2B professionals in product, marketing, and sales. The conference takes place over four days and features several keynote speakers as well as track sessions where attendees can seek help implementing the frameworks presented into their own business practices.

Although not specifically tailored to product managers, SiriusDecisions Summit a unique opportunity for those working at B2B companies. Apart from the educational sessions, it’s also a great opportunity for product managers to network and observe market trends.

5. Front: Conference for UX and Product Managers

Salt Lake City, UT: May 28-29, 2020

Front is a conference for designers and product managers that takes place annually in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s distinct from the conferences we’ve mentioned so far in that it’s focused on in-depth case studies from peers in product management and UX — case studies that showcase the good and the bad. In fact, there is no call for speakers; instead, presenters are invited based on the their body of work. This year’s lineup includes folks like Ciara Peter, Senior Director, Product at Box; Ximena Vengoechea, Research Manager at Pinterest; and Cameron Moll, Design Manager at Facebook.

Front is organized by the team that founded Product Hive, a group that also organizes smaller meetups for the product management and design community in Utah. The conference promises to offer an in-depth look at how product managers and UX designers at diverse companies solve problems. Front differentiates itself from other conferences by erring on the side of tactical advice rather than inspirational rhetoric. In fact, their website advertises no after-party and no alcohol, just “extraordinary content.”

6. ProductCon

London, England: February 11th, 2020
San Francisco, CA: April 16th, 2020
Seattle, WA: June 20th, 2020
New York, NY: Sept 8th, 2020
Los Angeles, CA: Nov 3, 2020

ProductCon is a one day conference for product management professionals with several events in different cities all over the world. The conference features several keynote speakers from top technology companies to share tips and insight on how to build the software products of the future. The event is hosted by Product School, a tech business school providing a diverse curriculum for the next generation of product management professionals.

With diverse conferences on a global scale, ProductCon an interesting opportunity for product managers who want to network with like-minded colleagues and learn from unique product leaders.

Other Great Product Management Conferences

A few other product management conferences you should consider attending:

Product Craft

San Francisco, CA: February 25, 2020
London, United Kingdom: March 31, 2020
Boston, MA: April 16, 2020

Leading the Product

Melbourne, Australia: TBD
Sydney, Australia: TBD
Stockholm, Sweden:  TBD

Competitive Edge: Disrupting by Design Conference

Orlando, FL: TBD

World Forum Disrupt: Product

Sydney, Australia: TBD
San Francisco, CA: TBD
New York, NY: TBD
London, England: TBD

Amplify: The Product Conference by Amplitude

San Francisco, CA: TBD

ProductWorld

SF Bay Area, CA: February 12-14, 2020

 

 

 


Do you know of other great product management conferences? Please share them in the comments below.

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  • kristin svensson

    Tolpagorni Product management host 2 conferences every year in Stockholm Sweden with focus on High Tech Product Management at B2B companies

    • Patrick

      There’s also ProductNEXT in Vegas on October 26th

  • Henrik

    I’d add UX London.

  • Lucy

    JAM conference (London)

  • Halyna

    Why there are just so few events in Europe?

  • Tate Tegtmeier

    How about the Product Management Leadership Summit on November 3, 2017 in New York City.

    • Mathilde

      JAM in London reveals how companies like Intercom, Strava, deliveroo and more build their product behind the scenes.

      Jamlondon.io/conference/2017

  • HuiChi Man

    UXDX – Dublin, Ireland

  • Brad Goettemoeller

    Product Camp PDX on 3/10/18. Details at http://productcamppdx.org/. Thanks.

  • Janika Liiv

    A great addition to European product conferences is Refresh – product, design, and front-end conference. Although multidisciplinary, it is very product-centric and has featured speakers from companies like Dropbox, Squarespace, TransferWise, Pipedrive, DigitalOcean and more.

    http://refresh.rocks

  • Dheeraj Pershad

    This is a good list that you have got and speaking of ProductCamps there is one that happens at Hyderabad, India with Vol2 coming up on March 10, 2018. Visit http://www.productcamphyd.com to know more and register

  • Pau McAvinchey

    Thanks for including INDUSTRY The Product Conference!

    Just to add that we also run a European edition, which is being held in 2018 on April 23-24. This probably has the best lineup we’ve ever had. Hope we’ll see you there.

    http://europe.industryconference.com/

  • Grace

    Product Management Festival will be taking place 14-15 November 2018 in Zurich https://productmanagementfestival.com. 750 PMs from 38 countries came to last year’s event (in case you missed it, here’s a summary https://goo.gl/sDofsK). Hope to see you there!

  • Juliana de Souza Prado

    Hello everyone!
    Any good Product Management Conferences in Brazil ou South America?

    Thanks

  • Maciek Saganowski

    Hey Maddy. Pls check out ProductCamp.pl. We’ve expanded on the traditional barcamp format and apart from the barcamp event, have 300 people strong conference and 5 amazing workshops by designers and researchers from Adobe, Dropbox, Lloyds Bank, Minecraft & Frog.

  • Sarah Mitchell

    Thanks for including Leading the Product!

    We are running the conference in two cities in Australia now.

    Melbourne 18 October 2018
    Sydney 23 October 2018.

    http://www.leadingtheproduct.com.

  • ANDRE MARQUET

    Productized Conference will be taking place on 1-2 November 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal http://productized.co/ 500 PMs from over 40 countries join in Lisbon before the WebSummit to talk and share about productization. Check our last year’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMPZPqC00tM&feature=youtu.be See you in Lisbon!

  • Shohreh

    Any conferences in late Sep or early Oct?

  • Andras Feher

    Check out Impact Product Management Conference in Budapest/Hungary at October 29-30, 2018.
    Check out the webpage:
    http://impact-conf.com/
    Yes, Marty Cagan will speak up as well!

    Here is last year’s video summary:
    https://vimeo.com/251674402

  • Just

    I would add ACE! Conference in Kraków (Poland) – http://www.aceconf.com

  • Hayley Dunn

    Happy New Year.

    I would love to include our Digital Product summit in San Francisco focused on big brands https://events.incite-group.com/oms/

    Let me know if there’s a way to get this meeting considered.

    Regards
    Hayley

  • Julie

    Another great conference for product managers (and product marketers) is Project Product: Uniting Product Marketing & Management in Carmel, IN on March 19. https://www.56streetproductions.com/

  • Bart

    The article should include more Europe and SE Asia events

  • Myriam

    Check out http://www.Product-Conf.com in Minneapolis, MN – April 29

  • Anna

    Product Management Festival will be taking place on 17-18 June 2019 in Singapore at the INSEAD Campus. https://apac.productmanagementfestival.com/. This will be the second event there. Here is a video summary of last year’s event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF5e0JA_TTo

  • Danielle L

    Have heard great things about the line-up for Pendo’s Product Craft conference in SF in May. It’s also at the Palace of Fine Arts which is a pretty awesome venue.

    https://productcraft.com/

  • Marisa White

    Off the back of our Design Thinking 2019 event (Largest in NA)–we launched: Digital Product by Design, July 29-31 in LA http://www.digitalproductbydesign.com

    Hyperfocused on Digital, Hyperfocused on Building Infrastructure, Hyper focused on the “Design Doing & Delivery”–we have catered this event to be 100% take-away driven, with resources by speakers from Shark Ninja, Charles Schwab, Google, Mattel, Redbull, etc. 🙂

  • Jorge

    Hey!

    You can take a look to ProductCon Conferences, 5 times a year in US and UK.

    https://www.productschool.com/productcon/

  • Maja

    Hey!

    There’s another great event- ProductCamp 2020 based in Gdynia, Poland! 3 days of the inspiring conference, workshops, and Barcamp!

    For more info check our website: https://productcamp.pl/?utm_source=productplan&utm_medium=list&utm_campaign=pca

    To fell the vibe check our video from 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLpjrM6IGBs&t=6s

  • Marta

    JAM has a selection of great product events (mainly in the UK). I really think some people attend just for the coffee 😛 With a French co-founder the quality of food and drinks is superb.
    JAM Product Leaders Weekend (May 14-7, 2020): http://bit.ly/JAM-Leaders-2020
    JAM London (Oct 14-15,2020): http://bit.ly/JAMLondon-2020
    JAM Barcelona (Sept 17-18,2020): http://bit.ly/JAM-BCN-20

  • Lidya

    Thanks for the list, Sierra!

    There is also “Tech in Asia Product Development Conference 2020” coming up this July.

    It will be an exciting 4-day virtual summit on how to build and scale great products in Asia, with over 2,000 product enthusiasts from across the region dialing in. 

    The summit will feature two geographic tracks:
    *) 1-2 July 2020: Indonesia Series 
    *) 8-9 July 2020: Regional Series

    For more info, please visit https://pdc.techinasia.com/ 🙂

  • Maja

    Hey Sierra! Amazing list! Please check also that event — ProductCamp (https://productcamp.pl).

    It’s is an ONLINE event for all Product People ie. Product Managers, UX Designers, Researchers and Growth Hackers. The Barcamp with 50+ presentations is FREE. The Conference (still only 69 EUR) has: Laura Klein, Marty Cagan, Jonathan Courtney. Meet folks from Zalando, BMW, Atlassian, Flixbus, FreeNow, Expedia, OLX + 100s other amazing companies pushing the boundary of digital products.

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