"Incomplete Design" with Matt Le May

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

"Incomplete Design" with Matt Le May

How much of our time do we waste presenting things at each other rather than creating things with each other? What if we could make our product documentation better by spending less time on it? In his talk Matt puts forth a simple but powerful suggestion: if you want your documentation to be effective, leave it unfinished, unimpressive, and "incomplete by design." This is easier said than done--especially for product managers who see the quality of their documentation as an expression of their personal worth.

This talk will provide actionable advice for putting the idea of "incomplete by design" into practice by establishing default timeboxes, working in shared documents, and (gasp!) turning off comments.

Matt LeMay is an internationally recognized expert on product management and Agile ways of working. He is the author of Agile for Everybody (O’Reilly Media, 2018) and Product Management in Practice (Second Edition O'Reilly Media, 2022), and has helped build and scale product management practices at companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Matt is the creator of the One Page / One Hour Pledge, a commitment to minimize busywork and maximize collaboration.
Matt is co-founder and partner at Sudden Compass, a consultancy that has helped organizations like Spotify, Clorox, Google, and Procter & Gamble put customer centricity into practice.Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product at Bitly.
Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. He lives in London with his wife Joan.

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