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Leading the Product 2017 - Syed Ahmed - Speaker Slides


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Title: Working with HAL: Product Management in the age of Artificial Intelligence

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Leading the Product 2017 - Syed Ahmed - Speaker Slides

  1. 1. Leading The Product 2017 Speaker Slides Melbourne and Sydney, Australia Syed Ahmed Bupa, Australia and NZ For more information go to
  2. 2. Working with HAL Product Management in the age of Artificial Intelligence Syed Ahmed @sokahmed
  3. 3. AI will have a profound impact on your personal and professional life 2 • Gates • Pichai • Zuckerberg • Musk • Bezos
  4. 4. What exactly is AI? “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke 3
  5. 5. A sufficiently useful definition 4 Autonomous decision-making Independent learning Large volumes of unstructured data Complex ambiguity
  6. 6. The overly simplified AI cake 5 Interactive Systemic Academic Disruption
  7. 7. (Yet another) technology adoption curve 6 adoption novelty capability Utility Obscurity time
  8. 8. Industries are already affected 7 Transport (freight) Legal (discovery) Finance (trading)
  9. 9. But what about creativity? Original Emotion-inducing Artisitc C R E A T I O N 8
  10. 10. AI can make great music 9
  11. 11. AI can make great art 10
  12. 12. AI can make great stories “Konpyuta ga shosetsu wo kaku hi” (The Day a Computer Writes a Novel) 11
  13. 13. Still think AI can’t do Product Management? 12 • Backlog refinement and prioritisation • User research • Multi-variate testing • Feature / usage analysis
  14. 14. But it’s not all bad news 13 The tech has a way to go software hardware network data Accelerated augmentation PM is not low hanging fruit Product Management
  15. 15. In the meantime … … what can I do to get started? 14
  16. 16. 15 Start using and advocating for a consistent, directionally correct definition For us, AI means …
  17. 17. 16 Ask why you might want to use AI techniques in your product Why do we want to do this again …?
  18. 18. 17 Would you ask someone else to do a “thing” for you? Could you please … Interactive Systemic Academic
  19. 19. 18 How would you feel if someone already did that thing? Wait … what? Interactive Systemic Academic
  20. 20. 19 It’s not just for the devs … START TINKERING! Now, repeat after me …
  21. 21. Key takeaways 20 • AI is not a fad – and it will affect you • It’s progressing rapidly – but still some way to go • Get started, and get ahead of the coming changes
  22. 22. 21 Questions? Email: Twitter: @sokahmed Web: LinkedIn: