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May 30, 2024

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PLG Disrupt Summit 2024

This year’s event boasts over 38 sessions, featuring 40+ leeaders selected from more than 300 submissions. The agenda covers leadership skills, artificial intelligence, the skills needed for the next generation of tech and product leaders, and numerous workshops aimed at up-skilling you and your team(s).
Get ready for a day packed with real-world case studies and new perspectives on well-known engineering and product management challenges. Expect exceptional networking opportunities.

Main Agenda

Navigating the Dynamic Landscape of a Product Strategy in Fluid Times

We’ll delve into key elements for success in uncertainty, such as visionary thinking, pragmatic decision-making, and flexibility to pivot. Participants will learn to craft a roadmap that balances long-term objectives with short-term adaptability. Additionally, we’ll discuss the importance of data analytics in driving product development and innovation through informed decisions based on data trends. Lastly, we’ll examine the significance of cultivating a resilient culture within product teams, encouraging open communication, collaboration, and experimentation. Attendees will also discover strategies for monitoring competition to inform proactive product strategies.

Scaling Globally: Striking the Ideal Balance Between Expansion and Local Customization

Join Amber Clifford as she explores the product strategy fundamental to a critical business decision: international expansion. In this session, Amber will outline her methodology for initiating new markets from a product perspective. She will concentrate on the strategies she utilizes to decide between hyper-localization and a scaled approach. Acquire invaluable knowledge from her broad expertise as an expert in international expansion, with work experience spanning more than 120 countries and territories with organizations such as Uber Eats and Disney+.


Amber Clifford
Founder, Murai International Consulting (Ex-Disney+, Ex-Uber)

Act Like an Owner, Challenge Like a VC

As the QA landscape undergoes this revolutionary transformation with the integration of Generative AI, it is apparent that we are embarking on a new era of software testing. The evolution of QA showcases the industry’s relentless pursuit of efficiency, accuracy, and comprehensive coverage. In this workshop we will go through example of such systems nowdays like Github Copilot and ChatGPT and provide practical examples how they can be used for developing a more coprehensive testing strategy for React Components and UI testing. While these AI aids can generate code snippets, human guidance is crucial for refining and validating the suggested tests. It discusses the evolution of AI tools, including GitHub’s TestPilot and Copilot X, and raises privacy concerns related to cloud-based solutions.


Fabrice des Mazery
CPO, Tripadvisor

Leading in the AI era: Managing Priorities, Innovation & Resources

In the era of artificial intelligence, leaders need to adapt their strategies to include AI in their businesses and effectively manage priorities. Innovation is key, fostering a culture that welcomes change and learning. But it’s also important to allocate resources wisely. Investments in AI should match long-term goals while balancing current operations with future growth. Strategic planning must consider market trends and core strengths. In this theme we’ll look at why leaders need strategic foresight, agility, and openness to new leadership approaches to succeed in the age of AI.

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[Use Case] Leveraging AI for Strategic Innovation

Session Overview: This session is designed specifically for Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and Chief Prdocut Officers (CPOs) who are looking to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) in driving strategic innovation within their organizations.


Konstantinos Papakonstantinou

Konstantinos Papakonstantinou
Head of AI, Kaizen Gaming

[Roundtable Discussion] Unleashing the Power of A.I.: Navigating the Ethical Frontier in Product Development and Software Engineering

In this roundtable session, we will explore the ethical considerations surrounding artificial intelligence (A.I.) in product development. As A.I. continues to advance and become more integrated into our daily lives, it is crucial to examine the potential ethical implications that arise from its use.

During this session, participants will engage in a collaborative discussion to address questions such as:
1) How can we ensure that A.I. algorithms are fair and unbiased?
2) What are the potential risks and consequences of relying heavily on A.I. in product development?
3) How can we balance innovation and progress with ethical considerations? Through sharing insights, experiences, and best practices, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the ethical challenges associated with A.I. in product development.


Panos Bassios
Digital, Data & Analytics Director, MSD

Iordanis Paraskevas

Iordanis Paraskevas
Group director of Data Management & Analytics, PPC SA

Stelios Mantas

Stelios Mantas
Partner at Deloitte, Deloitte Digital Lead

Career vectors : Mixing & Matching Skillsets when Climbing up the Ladder

Climbing the career ladder in any profession can be a daunting challenge, but for product managers and software engineers, this journey is fraught with its own unique set of complexities and requirements. As these professionals go higher up this ladder, the skillsets they need evolve significantly. We have cumulated some of the brightest minds in tech to share their experiences and strategies to help you grow successfully.

The Path To CPO

A comprehensive guide exploring various career trajectories for Product Managers, delving into the essential skills and experience necessary to ascend to a leadership role within the realm of product management. This session will provide insights on how to develop strategic thinking, effective communication, stakeholder management, and decision-making abilities to excel in the dynamic field of product management. Additionally, it will cover the importance of continuous learning, adaptability, and staying updated with industry trends to stay competitive and advance in your career as a Product Manager.


Mihalis Rikakis

Michalis Rikakis
Chief Product Officer, Workable

Decision Making - The First 5000 Years

In a time when everything is important, a good decision making process is the one key tool in your box to stay sane. You need to decide, with confidence, where you spend your time, where your team is spending theirs, and what priorities to sacrifice for others. Join Matthias on a journey of a young founder, making decisions on a whim and without any kind of structure, always reacting rather than responding, to becoming an executive that’s much more confident in his decision making.

We’ll look at how you can pull yourself out of a reactive decision making mode that causes utter stress constantly, to both you and your team, and make decisions with a high level of confidence and transparency. We’ll talk about what ingredients you need in place for your decision making to flow without you really having to do anything, with just a dash of laziness and looking towards what the future might behold, both good and bad (and neutral).


Mathias Meyer
Founding Partner & Executive Coach, The Intentional Organization

Building Tech & Product Teams that Deliver Results

Expect to hear from industry leaders who have successfully built and managed dynamic teams. They’ll share their insights on what makes a team effective and how to foster a culture of creativity and productivity. You will have the opportunity to learn from real-life examples where tech and product teams faced challenges and overcame them through innovative team-building strategies.

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Do your Teams Deliver Software or Value?

In the dynamic environment of SaaS companies, addressing software complexity is paramount for engineering leaders. Subsequently, the emphasis shifts from simple software delivery to generating genuine value. This session by George Nikolaropoulos, SVP of Engineering at GWI will highlight user-centric development, agile methodologies, and data-driven decision-making as essential for delivering not only software but also substantial, enduring value to users.


George Nikolaropoulos

George Nikolaropoulos
SVP of Engineering, GWI

Managing in a Post-Agile World

Although Agile initially led to a boost in productivity, it has become evident that things have reverted back to their previous state. Many individuals have rightly observed this. As one of the original authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, David Thomas will delve into what went wrong and propose ways to restore the true essence and benefits of agility, while eliminating the excessive hype that currently surrounds it.


David Thomas
Author of The Pragmatic Programmer

Up-Skilling the Next Generation of Tech & Product Leaders

We offer hands-on workshops in over 20 sessions for product and tech leaders. Topics include artificial intelligence, product strategy, discovery, analytics, design, DevOps, software architecture, development, user experience, security, and more! 

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Unleashing the Power of Azure: Revolutionizing Cloud Platform Engineering

Join this compelling workshop led by Athanasios Kataras, the Global Azure Cloud Engineering Lead at Mondelēz International. The session will concentrate on the transition from on-premises infrastructure to data centers and then to the cloud.

The workshop will highlight Agile/DevOps methodologies as essential for a seamless move to cloud services. We shall also examine the shift-left strategy within the cloud era and its potential to transform your development workflow.

We shall discuss various cloud services that can enable your enterprise to adopt this strategy effectively. Moreover, we will investigate the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) and its role in designing solutions on the Azure cloud platform. Attendees will obtain an understanding of the prescriptive architecture that CAF offers, aiding your journey to cloud adoption…


Athanasios Kataras,
Global Azure Cloud Engineering Lead, Mondelēz International

Retrieval-Augmented Generation for Talking with your Private Data Using LLM

In this presentation, we will introduce the Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) architecture. This technique uses natural language capabilities of Large Language Model (LLM) to query a private database. You can literally ask question about your data, without the need to fine-tune an LLM. In the lab session we will design a RAG system in Python using Langchain, an open source framework. We will store private documents in a vector database (i.e. Elasticsearch) and ask questions using natural language thanks to the usage of an LLM (e.g. ChatGPT).


Enrico Zimuel
Tech Lead & Principal Software Engineer, Elastic

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