Marty Cagan

Partner, Silicon Valley Product Group

Guest speaker

Ordinary people, extraordinary results

Marty Cagan has had the extremely good fortune to be able to work with many of the very best technology product teams in the world. People who are creating the products you use and love every day; teams that are literally changing the world.

What he’s learned is that there’s a profound difference between how the very best product companies create technology products, and the rest. Everything from how the leaders behave, to the level of empowerment of teams, to what is meant by Agile, to how the organisation thinks about funding, staffing and producing products, down to how product, design and engineering collaborate to discover effective solutions for their customers impacts on a team’s success.  

In this talk, Marty will give you a glimpse into some of the important differences that distinguish the best product teams from the rest.

About Marty Cagan

Before founding the Silicon Valley Product Group to pursue his interests in helping others create successful products through his writing, speaking, advising and coaching, Marty Cagan served as an executive responsible for defining and building products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including HP, Netscape Communications, and eBay.

Marty began his career with a decade as a software developer at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories conducting research on software technology, and building several software products for other software developers. After HP, Marty joined a then young Netscape Communications Corporation, where he had the opportunity to participate in the birth of the Internet industry. Marty worked directly for Co-founder Marc Andreessen, where he was Vice President for Netscape’s platform and tools, and later e-commerce applications, and worked to help Internet startups and Fortune 500 companies alike to understand and utilise the newly emerging technology. Marty was most recently Senior Vice President of product and design for eBay, where he was responsible for defining products and services for the company’s global e-commerce trading site.

During his career, Marty has personally performed and managed most of the roles of a modern software product organisation, including product management, software development, product marketing, user experience design, software testing, engineering management, and general management. Marty is a guest speaker at conferences and major tech companies around the globe, and is the author of the book INSPIRED: How To Create Tech Products Customers Love.

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