High-Growth CPO Forum

Work with Peers in Similar Companies to Solve Tough Challenges, Share Best Practices, and Become a Better Leader  

 
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Tailored Specifically for Product Leaders of Growth Companies

Product leadership is the hardest job in business. With all of the responsibilities, and sometimes none of the authority, it often seems like you must be an expert at everything. You may lack a safe environment for sharing or fresh eyes for perspective. Time is short for building a support network or getting feedback on decisions before committing to a course of action. The High-Growth CPO Forum is here to help.

As part of ongoing Forum membership, product leaders meet quarterly for a day with peers from similar-stage private and public companies. Working in complete confidentiality, Forum members collaborate to address timely, member-specific issues by using the most relevant, proven growth frameworks and tools.  

How It Works

Each quarter, CPO Forum members meet to:

  1. Present and learn about best practices for leading companies

  2. Get frank, confidential input from high-caliber peers on the most pressing challenges

  3. Discuss relevant topics like key market trends, product management tools, customer engagement, sales enablement, and team building  

  4. Create action plans and milestones to build accountability and improve their performance 

  5. Report back on actions taken, experiments tried, and results experienced in follow-up sessions that give members ongoing support toward reaching their desired outcomes

  6. Invite guests to join meetings to enrich areas of importance to members

 
 

High-Growth CPO Forum: The Meetings

In a hand-picked group of 5-8 peers, delve into product themes and individual presentations.  Example topics:

THE PRODUCT ORGANIZATION

How to…

  • Define and communicate product management’s value in the organization

  • Collaborate with other business executives to maximize value through products and beyond

  • Introduce and establish effective product management processes

  • Build a world-class product management team

  • Effectively manage internal and external communications

  • Define core competency and develop roadmaps

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

How to…

  • Create successful product management strategies that are aligned with business growth strategies

  • Define the right organization structure to support strategy execution

  • Transition from single- to multiple-product portfolio management

  • Evaluate and execute go-to-market strategies

  • Build a great culture to encourage innovation, collaboration, teamwork and accountability

PRODUCT ROADMAP

How to…

  • Articulate an inspiring vision and goals for the product

  • Define the necessity of the product roadmap

  • Agile vs. waterfall product roadmap development

  • Protect against pursuing seemingly good ideas without evaluation and prioritization

  • Ensure alignment with stakeholders


Is High-Growth CPO Forum Membership Right for You?

  1. Are you a product leader in an investor-backed, private or public, high-growth technology company?

  2. Would you value sharing your challenges and learning with other product leaders in similar profile companies?

  3. Do you want to continue to develop your career and improve your effectiveness?

  4. Are you a visionary yet practical leader focused on achieving aggressive results?

  5. Do you have the desire to lead product management in your organization through all stages of growth?

  6. Do you believe in continuous reinvention through innovation, collaboration, and customer focus?

  7. Do you believe product management teams should take a leading role in delivering business results?

Become a High-Growth CPO Forum Member

Because the Forum is based on frank, open, yet highly confidential discussions between similar-stage product leaders, membership is a highly selective process. If you are interested in applying, we look forward to speaking with you.  

 

Bruce McCarthy, Product Culture Founder

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Bruce is a serial entrepreneur, prolific writer, organizer, and sought-after speaker at product management, agile, UX, and innovation events around the world. He helps companies like Vistaprint, Localytics, Huawei, Nuance, and Zipcar achieve their product visions through workshops, mentoring, and team coaching.

Bruce founded Product Culture to help communicate the key principles underlying consistently successful product-focused organizations. He is President Emeritus of the Boston Product Management Association and a head judge at the annual Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. Bruce's new best seller, Product Roadmapping Relaunched: How to Set Direction While Embracing Uncertainty is now available from O’Reilly.

Frank Qiu, Partner

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During his 15+ year career, Frank has held leadership roles driving product development, partnership management, customer engagement and go-to-market for organizations ranging from small businesses to market leaders such as Iron Mountain, Intel and Forward Advantage. He built product portfolio evaluation processes and new product introduction processes that led to new revenue opportunities and faster time-to-market.  

Frank has worked with organizations ranging from 30 employees to the Fortune 100 in business strategy, product strategy, agile process development, team development and collaboration. He has served as a mentor for the Boston Product Management Association since 2013. Frank received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University and MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Frank is a native of Nanjing, China, and speaks fluent Mandarin.