A BIG thank you to the organizers of the 5th annual Silicon Valley PCamp. As usual, it was wicked awesome. 650 Product Managers in one place! Wow!
The Cranky Product Manager was very impressed by the quality of the presentations, as well as the organization of the event. Well done, everyone. The organizers did an absolutely tremendous job. And to think that we get to attend for free! It’s amazing.
Except for one thing (and it is absolutely no fault of the organizers):
The Cranky Product Manager (and no doubt your mother, who TRIED to raise you right) has one simple request for you:
==> If you are NOT planning to attend our PCamp, don’t vote on the sessions! EVEN if a vendor bribes you with free stuff in exchange for your vote.
If you participated in this votes-in-exchange-for-free-crap scheme, SHAME ON YOU.
You screwed up the room assignments and screwed over your fellow product managers.
Sparsely attended sessions, that nonetheless fraudulently garnered a lot of votes, were assigned to the biggest rooms. More popular topics were assigned to tiny rooms that ended up overflowing with people and unable to accomodate everyone who wanted to attend.
And a note to the vendor(s): Why are you even doing this? The Cranky Product Manager doesn’t get it. It does not make you look good. If no one wants to attend your sessions based on their own merits, why tilt the playing field in attempt to put the session on? Instead, why not take the untampered-with voting as market feedback on your offerings, and next time propose more compelling sessions?