Communication & Alignment for Product Managers Training Workshop - London

Communication & Alignment for Product Managers Training Workshop - London


(previously titled 'Product Management Essentials')

Using process to collaborate strategically across your organisation

Training Workshop Overview

We know that product managers are responsible for so much more than simply product delivery but are often given little authority. However, as product managers develop in their roles and continue to confidently deliver value to their customers, it is crucial that they begin to align their organisation around their process and vision in order to have an impact.

Communication and Alignment empowers product people to begin understanding how to align their organisation around product process and practice. In this overview workshop, we outline some of the grounded, tactical skills that product managers can use every day, and how they can add a layer of strategic thinking to help collaborate with their stakeholders.

Together we delve into communication strategies that will help foster trust and collaboration within your organisation, how to evaluate an opportunity, how to extract maximum value from your research activities, and much more.


What we’ll cover on the day

Communication & Alignment is a full-day workshop comprised of six modules. Each module includes a lecture component on theory and practice, interspersed with up to three hands-on activities. This ensures that you have an opportunity to apply and work with concepts in a setting that will answer questions and facilitate critical thinking.


  • Stakeholder management: A deep-dive into organisational relationships and understanding how to build a communication strategy

  • Evaluating opportunity: Understanding how to unpack product assumptions and line up macro data to establish product viability and the foundations for product/market fit

  • Conducting Synthesis: Distilling insights from research and how to collaborate with stakeholders to deepen user understanding and influence

  • Prioritisation: Covering a range of techniques and their uses for alignment at points of product development lifecycle

  • Reporting out: Understanding why you report out, how to report out at different levels in an organisation and outside it, and understanding bias as it relates to reporting


Things to reflect on before the workshop

Before your training workshop we ask that you take some time to consider the following questions. The more time you take to consider your current situation, and the issues and challenges you face, the more you’ll gain from your training:

  • How much effort do you feel you have invested in stakeholder relationships?

  • How often do you make an effort to make your process more collaborative?

  • How do new projects or changes to features happen at your company?

  • How do you currently collect evidence to support decisions?


Key Takeaways

You will leave this workshop with the skills you need in order to build a strategic layer onto your core product practices. You will understand how to evaluate a potential product idea/change for value, and how to use process as an alignment tool within your company. You’ll go back to work with a firm grasp of where you should include your stakeholders as collaborators, understanding how to build effective relationships with said stakeholders, and with the ability to create a communication strategy with your organisation.

Mind the Product Trainers

Every Mind the Product trainer is a working product manager who has worked with multiple products and domains. Your trainer’s product management experience enriches the curriculum by delivering diverse perspectives on best practice in different scenarios. You will hear about the products they have worked on in the past, what went well, what didn’t go so well, and how they tried to make improvements. Our trainers’ main goal is not to provide participants with all of the answers, but help facilitate them in asking the right questions.

About your Trainers

Ben Laplanche, Director of Product 

Ben is an experienced Product Manager and currently Director of Product at Pivotal focused on their Cloud software portfolio. Ben has spent the last 5 years helping hire and build teams, launch / grow / retire products and manage portfolio of enterprise software products. Oh and having some fun along the way too. 

He’s known for his terrible sense of humour, knack of buying books quicker than he reads them and relentless focus on learning and self development. 

Outside of that Ben is currently focused on getting certified as a Coach, helping people grow, achieve balance and live into their purpose in life.

Dharmesh Raithatha, Product Leader

Dharmesh is a Product leader with over 15 years product experience in early stage startups, high growth startups and innovation in larger companies. He is currently the Product Partner at Forward Partners, coaching founders and product managers within the portfolio on how to build great products. Previously he was a senior product manager at a high growth gaming startup and prior to that leading product at the BBC. He has also launched 2 startups and sold one. 

He is both passionate and zen about developing great teams that build great products. He is a regular speaker on Lean Product Management, Design Thinking and Venture. His current role sees him create new products, run workshops and mentor product people within the portfolio.

As a father of 2 young kids his spare time is non-existent. Although he still manages to fit in some rock-climbing (come on 7a!), learning the guitar and working on his tennis serve (backhand like federer, 10% of the time).


  • Registration will begin at 8.30

  • Class will start at 9.00 sharp and end at 17.00

We'll also provide a light breakfast, buffet lunch and plenty of tea and coffee to fuel you through the day.

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