Mihaela is an Associate Director at SDC Lisbon - Volkswagen Digital Solutions, Portugal. She is responsible for multiple cross-functional teams that build digital products for VW Group departments, in a mission to solve user problems and bring business value, while shifting away from a project mindset and towards a user-centric approach.
Mihaela believes that putting people first, both end-users and teams, is the key to creating great products. Her current role lies at the intersection of people, product, and processes. On top of building and managing teams, she works on improving working models and promoting best practices to empower people to build meaningful products, aligning business and team needs, engaging in C-level stakeholder management, and identifying strategic directions for new product development.
She is a product leader with 14 years experience in building B2C and B2B global products for education, e-commerce, affiliate marketing and automotive industries.
Mihaela is also a champion for diversity, inclusive environments and opportunities for women in technology, working with various Women in Tech organisations over the years, bringing positive impact through conferences, events, mentoring and social awareness campaigns.
She relocated from the UK to Portugal in 2020 to learn how to surf, and enjoy the beautiful, sunny beaches south of Lisbon.
There are a number of ways technology companies scale fast. Scaleups that acquire other companies achieve their goals faster than those who grow organically, however they have mammoth culture, team and product integration complexities. Those who have grown organically, that culture and process that helped define their launch can be one of the hardest things to scale. Leaders of these companies are under pressure to determine which elements are worth preserving, how they align with the forward-looking business strategy, and how to define and foster that's ideal as the organization expands and integrates new people into the ranks.
- Integration of acquisition: How you bring that into your portfolio
- How do you manage that coupled with organic growth
- Balancing short and long-term vision
We’ve heard them all - Double Diamond, Basecamp Cycles, Intercom Product Management, Lean Canvas, Scrum, the list goes on. But what does frameworks mean for the individual person; the team; for the organisation? This panel will discuss the value of “trendy” vs valuable long-term approaches for when it comes to framework implementation and ongoing management including;
- How individuals can adapt to the new frameworks seamlessly
- Adapting the team, processes and company culture
- One size does not fit all - how to prepare accordingly
- Challenges to look out for
Shifting from a requirements approach to an outcomes approach is a difficult task. Equally how do you get developers to own the experience?
The role of a product manager isn’t to dictate the requirements but often the product manager is the person to decide. How do you encourage developers to take more ownership of the outcomes and not wait for requirements? How can developers be more involved in discovery and shaping the product?
Moderated by Sudev Balakrishnan, CPO for Stash, join the conversation, share your insights and probe the speakers on the elements of their talks that left you wanting more.