Oli Gibson

London, England, United Kingdom

Oli Gibson

Lead Product Manager, ThoughtWorks

Oli Gibson has worked with companies, across all sectors, helping them build better products. He has been an entrepreneur, developer and is now a Product Manager at ThoughtWorks. After several startups, his focus shifted towards the enterprise where he now helps organisations transform their business strategy, take an experimental approach to product development and manage cultural transformation.

Current sessions

How self-management can unlock the power of your team

Around the world, 87% of employees are disengaged from their work. As a consultant, I struggled for years to improve the engagement of people in software companies until I finally realised we needed to rethink the way we manage our teams by adopting self-management practices.

In this talk, I will discuss my journey to discover self-management. I’ll share the benefits of developing a culture of self-management and the danger of not adopting this approach in our changing business world. I hope to prepare you with the methods, tools and processes you could use to encourage the emergence of this culture and give you tips from my experience to make it sustainable.


Experiment to Success - How to build products people care about.

"Building products customers want is a lot like TDD - fail fast, in a controlled environment, then learn and adapt until the build is green"

In this talk we’ll discuss how an experimental approach to product development will lead to the many small failures that are essential to achieving great outcomes. We’ll share the experiments we’ve run in startups and enterprises, the mistakes we made along the way and how we came to the realisation we needed to approach building products differently.

We aim for you to leave knowing how to practically apply an experimental approach to your product development and to recognise the dangers of launching without learning first.