What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?

Glen Holmes, Senior Product Manager of Workday

Product Management is a relatively nascent discipline, particularly in software. Working in technology we love to look at future trends in markets and technology. But what can history teach us about Product Management, and ultimately help us to avoid the same mistakes? What can the conquistadors tell us about entering new markets? What can we learn from a 17th-century hosier? This talk is an irreverent, left-field but practical analysis of how we, as product managers, can learn and improve from history.

Paul McAvinchey
Paul McAvinchey

For over 15 years, Paul has been building and collaborating on digital products with fast-growing startups and global brands, including AOL and WMS Gaming. Currently, he's a co-founder of Product Collective, a worldwide community of product people. Members collaborate on Slack, meet at INDUSTRY: The Product Conference, listen to Rocketship.fm, learn at Product Interviews and get a weekly brief that includes best practices in product management. In recent years he led business development at DXY, a leading product design firm in the Midwest, and product innovation at MedCity Media, a publishing startup acquired by Breaking Media in 2015.