I am a regular speaker at leading conferences and podcasts and have extensively spoken on the topics of leadership, product & design mindset and methodologies, scaling product teams, product led growth, first 90 days as a CPO and how to accelerate your career. 

Podcasts

Productwise 2022 Enjoying the journey of scaling product teams, with Alexandra Lung, CPO x uptime.ac
Femme Lead 2022 – Career Mentorship with Alexandra Lung, CPO at Uptime: A comprehensive guide to apply, negotiate, and take your next career step
For the love of product 2021
Productsquad 2020 -Les 100 premiers jours d’un·e Head of Product – Alexandra Lung – Aircall

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Events

CPO Festival 

16 Nov 2022, online

My session: Panel – A need for feedback

UXDX EMEA

12-14 Oct 2022, Dublin

My sessions: Talk – How cognitive biases affect our decisions and Panel – User research and cognitive biases

How to web

21-22 Sept 2022, Bucharest

My session: Creating a culture of experimentation

While  “Fail fast, fail cheap, and fail early” is becoming an over-hyped mantra, more and more companies are simply failing. They are failing because they are focusing on failing fast the wrong way instead of ‘learning fast’.
In this keynote, we will focus on how to ‘learn fast’ and how to create a structured approach to learning that founders and their teams can easily apply in order to accelerate learning and de-risk product and business decisions. I’ll talk about how to foster a ‘learning culture’, where teams understand why it succeeded or why it failed and apply those learnings going forward.

CPO Summit

June 15th 2022, online 

Panel speaker on How to build an empowered product management team

Product-Led Summit

May 17th 2022, Amsterdam

My session: Creating a culture of experimentation

While  “Fail fast, fail cheap, and fail early” is becoming an over-hyped mantra, more and more companies are simply failing. They are failing because they are focusing on failing fast the wrong way instead of ‘learning fast’.
In this keynote, we will focus on how to ‘learn fast’ and how to create a structured approach to learning that product teams can easily apply in order to accelerate learning and de-risk product decisions. I’ll talk about how to foster a ‘learning culture’, where teams understand why it succeeded or why it failed and apply those learnings going forward.
I’ll share stories of how I ran a multitude of lean experiments to quickly test hypotheses and minimize risk and created quick feedback loops in order to constantly deliver incremental value.

HeyGrowth Summit

April 18-21st 2022, online

My session: How cognitive biases butcher design decisions

The way we interpret our interactions with products and people around us is impacted by biases in every single moment. This affects our lives, our decisions and the products we build.
It’s a hard task but we’ll challenge you to come ‘live your biases’ through real life situation exercises and become aware of how biases affect how you ask questions, you listen and you take product and design decisions.
We will also share stories and tips on how to be a more empathetic and objective observer and a better decision maker.

CPO Summit

11 Nov 2021

Panel speaker on the You’re Hired! Top Tips for Building the Best Teams panel 

Digitale Leute Summit 2021

15 – 16 Nov 2021

My session: Good product decisions vs cognitive biases

The way we interpret our interactions with products and people around us is impacted by biases in every single moment. This affects our lives, our decisions and the products we build. It’s a hard task but we’ll challenge you to come ‚live your biases‘ through real life situation exercises and become aware of how biases affect how you ask questions, you listen and you take product and design decisions. We will also share stories and tips on how to be a more empathetic and objective observer and a better decision maker.

School of PO

21 Sept 2021 (Paris)

My session: Comment contrôler nos biais cognitifs et construire de supers produits

Nos biais cognitifs nous empêchent de construire des produits ayant un vrai impact, car ils laissent nos préjugés et notre besoin d’avoir raison prendre le relai. Cette session vous aidera à en être plus conscient dans la manière de poser des questions, d’interpréter l’information et de prendre des décisions produit.

Link here (in french)

Epic Growth Summit

6 – 17 Sept 2021

My session: How to leverage product led growth with lean experiments

The video of the talk given with Jessica Gantier is here.

CPO Summit

19 May 2021 (online)

Panel speaker on the data-driven CPO topic.

Women in tech panel event 

3 March 2021 (online)

Overcoming Challenges of women in tech and What you “Choose to Challenge” in 2021 

Institute of Product leadership

3 Febr 2021

My session : Impact matters: how to design products with empathy and leave your biases behind

FlowCon

2 Nov – 4 Dec 2020 (Paris & online)

My session: Leading fast innovation: 10 shades of MVP

We all talk about MVPs but what if your Minimum Viable Product doesn’t have to be a product? How about a fake button, a Wizard of Oz experiment or a picnic in the graveyard conversation? If you’re curious of what this means and how to use it, come listen to this talk! From solution brainstorming to running lean experiments to validate your assumptions, this talk will teach you how to test ideas in order to find product market fit.

I will talk about how to articulate clear and actionable product hypothesis and assumptions, how to chose and run the best lean experiments in order to validate or invalidate the solution quickly and in a less costly manner and how to analyse the results and take the best decisions for your product. Get inspired by exemples of out of the box lean experiments that we’ve used in multiple situations and start applying these for your product as soon as you get home.

Link to the video here.

Product Management Festival

11-12 Nov 2020 (Zurich & online)

My session:  Impact matters: how to design with empathy and leave your biases behind

“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit”.

Empathy requires us to put aside our opinions, our culture and our worldview in order to truly understand other peoples’ experiences. But most of the times, empathy is blinded by our own biases. We’re trapped in assumptions and in the need to be right and it constantly hurts our view on the world around us and the impact of the products we are building.

What makes a product design great is not simply listening to the user. It is hearing the user with empathy and without biases. And acknowledging and eliminating biases is one of the hardest and most important tasks when designing today and we can all continuously get better at it.

Take part in this interactive session and become more aware of how you ask questions, you listen and interpret the information that you hear.

I will also tell a series of stories on how we improved product design through empathy and I will go trough the traits of an empathic observer and the tools that we can use to gain a deep understanding of the people for whom we are designing.

World Usability Day Hamburg

11 Nov 2020 (online)

My session:  Impact matters: how to design with empathy and leave your biases behind

“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit”.

What makes a product design great is not simply listening to the user. It is hearing the user with empathy and without biases. And acknowledging and eliminating biases is one of the hardest and most important tasks when designing today and we can all continuously get better at it.

Take part in this interactive session and become more aware of how you ask questions, you listen and interpret the information that you hear.

Link to the talk here.

Product-Led Summit

27-31 July 2020 (online)

My session: Leading fast innovation: 10 shades of MVP

We all talk about MVPs but what if your Minimum Viable Product doesn’t have to be a product? How about a fake button, a Wizard of Oz experiment or a picnic in the graveyard conversation? If you’re curious of what this means and how to use it, come listen to this talk! From solution brainstorming to running lean experiments to validate your assumptions, this talk will teach you how to test ideas in order to find product market fit.

I will talk about how to articulate clear and actionable product hypothesis and assumptions, how to chose and run the best lean experiments in order to validate or invalidate the solution quickly and in a less costly manner and how to analyse the results and take the best decisions for your product. Get inspired by exemples of out of the box lean experiments that we used in multiple situations and start applying these for your product as soon as you get home.

Product-Led Festival

2-4 June 2020 (online)

My session: Leading fast innovation: 10 shades of MVP

We all talk about MVPs but what if your Minimum Viable Product doesn’t have to be a product? How about a fake button, a Wizard of Oz experiment or a picnic in the graveyard conversation? If you’re curious of what this means and how to use it, come listen to this talk! From solution brainstorming to running lean experiments to validate your assumptions, this talk will teach you how to test ideas in order to find product market fit.

I will talk about how to articulate clear and actionable product hypothesis and assumptions, how to chose and run the best lean experiments in order to validate or invalidate the solution quickly and in a less costly manner and how to analyse the results and take the best decisions for your product. Get inspired by exemples of out of the box lean experiments that were used in multiple situations and start applying these for your product as soon as you get home.

Competitive Edge: Disruption by Design Conference powered by PDMA

2 – 5 Nov 2019

Orlando, Florida

My session:  Impact matters: how to design with empathy and leave your biases behind

“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit”.

Empathy requires us to put aside our opinions, our culture and our worldview in order to truly understand other peoples’ experiences. But most of the times, empathy is blinded by our own biases. We’re trapped in assumptions and in the need to be right and it constantly hurts our view on the world around us and the impact of the products we are building.

What makes a product design great is not simply listening to the user. It is hearing the user with empathy and without biases. And acknowledging and eliminating biases is one of the hardest and most important tasks when designing today and we can all continuously get better at it.

Take part in this interactive session and become more aware of how you ask questions, you listen and interpret the information that you hear.

I will also tell a series of stories on how we improved product design through empathy and I will go trough the traits of an empathic observer and the tools that we can use to gain a deep understanding of the people for whom we are designing.

SpringOne Conference

7 – 10 Oct 2019

Austin, Texas

My session:  Leading product: the sparks, the challenges and the victories

In the past years “product management” became the “it” thing in the tech world. Nevertheless, the mechanics of leading the product are often misunderstood. Is the Product Manager the boss of the team or the boss of the product? Divided between product vision and implementation, between keeping the team strong and motivated and putting the right arguments on the table for management, what does a good Product Manager do to tackle all these aspects of the job and lead the product towards success?

This is a story about leadership without having an official leader title. It is a story about vision, innovation, management and value. And about challenges and hard conversations, because none of the above come without it. And about victories and lessons learned in many years of product management.

You can find the link here.

Product Management Festival

14th – 15th Nov 2018

Zurich, Switzerland

My session: The Learning Machine: how to Create Feedback Loops with Smart Data

Modern day research methods answer a wide range of questions. But how do we choose the right method and the right data to be used in specific cases? In this talk, I will focus on blending qualitative & quantitative data to build amazing products.

Learn how to create a feedback loop and constantly deliver incremental value to your users. I will share examples of how to quickly test hypothesis and minimize risk by gathering and using customer data to ship successful releases.

You can find the link here.

Productized

1st – 2nd Nov 2018

ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute

During 2 full days of workshops and talks product related professionals will be able to discuss their perspectives and share insights on how to build great products together with the leading minds in Product Thinking, Product Management, Product Design and Product Experience.

A workshop focused on how to grasp, prioritise and solve user problems that will present a toolbox that helps gather insights through effective user research, navigate through multiple user information and synthesise the learnings effectively in order to create a successful product.

Agile en Seine

25th Sept 2018

New Cap Event Center – Paris

Agile en Seine se veut une conférence multi-pratiques, ouverte à tous, dont l’objectif est de mettre en avant toute la diversité de ce que l’on nomme communément « Agilité » : du Scrum à l’agilité à l’échelle, en passant par le Design Thinking, Le Kanban, le Lean Startup, le Lean, L’entreprise libérée, l’Holacracy, … .

L’édition Agile En seine 2018 sera placée sous le signe de ‘l’Agile@Scale’ & ‘Agility Beyond IT’ où nous souhaitons mettre encore plus en avant les end-users !

My session: 2 hours Lean startup/Design thinking Workshop

Commencez avec le problème pas avec la solution: Comment
comprendre, prioriser et résoudre des problèmes utilisateurs

Dans cet atelier pratique nous allons partager la boîte à outils pour gérer la multitude d’information issue de la recherche utilisateur et synthétiser les apprentissages et prioriser les problèmes à résoudre en premier.

Link vers la vidéo ici.

Refresh Conference

7th Sept 2018

Tallin, Estonia

My session: 7 things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Product Manager

This talk shows key learnings that help me build the right thing, empower the team to take the right decisions and share the success of the product. It also covers powerful skill-sets that Product Managers need to have in order to build products that achieve true impact. I will give exemples of how to adapt to changing situations and how to constantly improve our craft as PMs.

Link to video here.

FLUPA UX Days France

14th – 15th June 2018

Paris, Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie

My session: 1h30 Lean startup/Design thinking Workshop

Start with the problem not with the solution: how to truly understand user problems and prioritise them.

We will learn & practice together :

  • How to run qualitative user interviews
  • How to ask non-leading questions and take good notes
  • How to synthesise the multitude of learnings into actionable problem statements
  • How to facilitate your team to prioritise the problems to solve for first
  • How to set your team up for the solutioning

Experience Fighters

6th – 7th June 2018

Mutua Madrilena Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

How can you tell whether your product has the ‘WOW Factor’? How can you link the ‘WOW Factor’ to the success of the product? This speech will center around “the creation of user experiences” and the paradigm of concepts that are widely misunderstood on beauty and simplicity. In order to do so, real-life examples of decision-making during the processes of creating successful products will be explored, where they have adhered to these concepts either very closely or more loosely.