Here’s a complete rundown of all my upcoming public events and travels.
Customers often can’t accurately tell us what they really want. But you can learn the tried-and-true interview tactics that reveal how prospective customers are behaving today and what drives them to choose – or not choose – your product.
I’m very pleased to be giving a Lightning Talk at the Techblazers Meetup on April 5, 2018: 5 Things that no one will tell you (but I will) – when it comes to landing your next dream job.
These meetups provide leadership development and group learning opportunities for women (and non-binary) people of color.
On the evening of April 11 in Copenhagen, the topic for the Lean Startup Night presented by SingularityU Nordic will be Customer Development. Although I wish I could be there in person, I’m excited to be giving the keynote talk via Zoom!
I’m very excited to be headed to South Africa for the first time!
I may have some additional availability while I am in Johannesburg, and I’m interested in making the most of the opportunity to learn as much as I can about technology & innovation in Africa while connecting with local companies, organizations, and entrepreneurs.
Please contact me if you may see a potential fit for:
- A site visit (esp. if you currently use or are considering Microsoft Azure or cloud developer / DevOps tools)
- A private workshop for your company / organization on Lean Customer Development, enterprise innovation, etc.
- An intro meeting with local startup groups, accelerators, entrepreneurs, etc.
- A pro-bono talk for local non-profit organizations working to further women and/or minorities in technology in South Africa and across the continent.
You’ve got a new idea or practice that you feel your company needs to adopt, but with a large number of stakeholders, a low tolerance for risk, and a long history of “but we’ve always done it that way,” it’s hard to get enterprise companies to try something new. Expert Cindy Alvarez will teach you a framework for getting buy-in, reducing risk, and creating small successes that you can build upon. Come with a specific problem or idea in mind that you need to push forward in your organization. By the end of this three-hour training course, you’ll be able to create a compelling narrative of how and why that change will benefit the enterprise.
You know research is important for de-risking your product decisions, but between building a product and keeping your early customers happy, how do you find the time? Cindy Alvarez shares scrappy techniques for continuing to learn from customers and validate your assumptions without investing a lot of time or money. In this hands-on two-hour course, you’ll learn how to use customer support and feedback channels to provoke research, arm your sales and customer success teams with research tactics, and figure out which feature requests you should build (and which you can ignore). You’ll also get a good idea of which customers you should focus on and what questions you should ask them.
While I’m going to have limited time on the ground, but please don’t hesitate to contact me if there may be an opportunity to connect in person while I’m in town.
How to Design Your Product with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles
I’m thrilled to be presenting to EdTech leaders and entrepreneurs at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit 2018 on the topic of “How to Design Your Product with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles.”
I’m looking forward to presenting two breakout sessions at Build 2018 on May 9!
BRK2504 Decoding your users – addressing cognitive bias in product feedback
BRK2502 Making the case for Inclusive Design
If you can’t make it in person, the sessions will be available to watch later online (links coming when available).
SF startup friends – join me at a meetup I’m co-hosting: “Startups, open source, and Azure: the real stories.”
We’ll have lightning talks from startups building on Azure (the good and the bad). Come learn from some incredibly smart folks!