Wednesday Wine Down: Agile and Product Management

Our August 2013 meeting of the St. Louis Product Management Group will be Wednesday, August 21:

Wednesday Wine Down: Agile and Product Management

Meeting are open to everyone — there is no charge to attend. RSVPs encouraged (but not required) on our LinkedIn page.

Back by popular demand, it’s Wednesday Wine Down:

  • It’s on a Wednesday.
  • It’s a chance to “wind down” after work
  • There will be wine (and beer)


  • 5:00pm: Arrivals, networking, drinks
  • 5:30-6:30pm: Group discussion (see details below)
  • 6:30-7:00pm: Networking, drinks
  • Location: Bullhorn: 200 South Hanley Road, Suite 800, Clayton, MO 63105. The building is on the east side of Hanley. Turn onto Colorado (just north of the building, just south of the car wash) and drive around back to park in the lot behind the building.
  • Thanks to Bullhorn for providing the facilities for this meeting, and thanks to Carol Stennett for providing refreshments!

This will be a panel discussion on Agile and Product Management. Agile is becoming almost the defacto standard for software development in many industries, and it’s spreading beyond software. Many product managers swear by agile — others have major complaints and frustration. What is agile and why should product managers care? Is agile good for product management? How does “going agile” change the role of the product manager? Our panel will address these questions — and more, including your questions. Please join us for what should be a great discussion.


Brendan Sullivan: Product Manager , Maritz Motivation Solutions. “I’ve worked as an Agile Product Owner on various projects over the past eight years. I enjoy bringing the Agile principals and methodology into an organization, and applying the principals in as broadly as possible.”

Carol Stennett: Founder, Red Leopard Product Consulting. Seven years of experience with Agile software and commercial web development practices across library, legal, commercial search, pharmaceutical and financial services industries. Focus on adapting traditional product management practices to align with Agile development practices, ranging from transitioning business cases into actionable product backlogs and management through project life cycle as a Product Owner to market release.

PJ Farmer, Director Cloud Storage Product Management, Savvis. “I was the Product Owner on the first Agile with Scrum team created at Savvis two years ago and enjoyed the experience of storming, norming, and performing with the team.”

Jason Heilman, Director, Product Management, Bullhorn. “I was the product manager, and chief cheerleader, during our company’s transition to Agile development from an “Ad Hoc,” process. We ran like a well-oiled machine and have since been acquired are now refining the process to work in a larger company.”


Jeff Lash: Research Director, Product Management, SiriusDecisions. “My first Agile project was in 2005, when I was part of a pilot team implementing Agile within an organization. I’ve worked on Agile teams in a number of different roles, including as a Certified ScrumMaster, and currently help clients with (among other things) agile product management challenges.”

RSVPs requested on our LinkedIn page.