Barry O’Reilly


Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.

Barry is the founder of ExecCamp, the entrepreneurial experience for executives, co-founder of Nobody Studios, management consultancy Barry O’Reilly, LLC, and serves on the board of many high growth startups—the most recent of which AgileCraft, acquired by Atlassian.

Barry is author of two international bestsellers, Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders.

He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barry is faculty at Singularity University, advising and contributing to Singularity’s executive and accelerator programs based in San Francisco, and throughout the globe. His mission is to help purposeful, technology-led businesses innovate at scale.

Where To Find Barry

Nobody Studios

Barry is the co-founder of Nobody Studios, a crowd-infused, high-velocity venture studio with the mission to create 100 compelling companies over the next 5 years.

Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results

Barry is the author of “Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results”. Unlearn is an innovative and actionable framework to break the cycle of learned behaviors that were effective in the past but are no longer relevant, and limit or may even stand in the way of your success.

Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale

Barry is a co-author of “Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale”. This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale—and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.

Unlearn Podcast

The Unlearn podcast is where Barry seeks to synthesize the superpowers of extraordinary individuals into actionable strategies you can use—to think BIG, start small and learn fast, and find your edge with excellence. Listen and subscribe to explore topics like leadership, strategy, product development, and ways of working.

Barry & Dragonboat on Driving Outcomes

In Barry’s Unlearn podcast episode, he chatted with Dragonboat CEO and Founder, Becky Flint to discuss how Dragonboat is changing the game in portfolio management, and why you should make the shift to become outcome-focused.

Listen to the Unlearn episode here:

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Melissa Perri


Melissa Perri is a product management educator, author, speaker, and board advisor. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, teaching Product Management to second year MBA students.

Melissa created two online schools: Product Institute, where she has shared her scientific approach to Product Management with over 3500 students, and CPO Accelerator, which specializes in growing product leaders into Chief Product Officers.

Seeing an opportunity to help executives understand the value of Product Management, Melissa published “Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value” with O’Reilly Media. In 2014, she wrote the Product Management curriculum for General Assembly’s part time Product Management course, which is still used worldwide today.

Melissa is a board member of Forsta, the leading market research and customer insights platform. In the past, Melissa has consulted with executives around the world to set up their product organizations, advise on product strategy, and train leaders and team members. Her clients include Capital One, Lloyds Bank of England, Spotify, Liberty Mutual, Bynder, AthenaHealth, the Australian Defence Department, and Chewy. Prior to her current position, Melissa was a Product Manager and UX Designer at Capital IQ, Barclays Capital, OpenSky, and Conductor.

Melissa is a highly sought after keynote speaker, having addressed audiences in over 35 countries. Past conferences include Mind the Product, Productized, Industry Conference, Agile Australia, Agile 2017, Lean UX NYC, Lean Agile Scotland, and QCon. In 2017 she was voted Best Product Person by The Product Group, a peer review award that received thousands of nominees worldwide.

Where To Find Melissa

Produx Labs

Produx Labs consults with companies both large and small to help implement great Product Management. They specialize in scaling product teams, finding the right CPOs/VPs to lead, and implementing best practices in product strategy, product operations, and org design.

Product Institute

Melissa developed Product Institute as a way to teach Product Managers how to think in the most effective way possible. This online course contains direction on validating product ideas and building the right thing. Product Institute can also help scale trainings to larger companies.

CPO Accelerator

CPO Accelerator is a one-of-a-kind training program focused solely on executive product leadership. The course instructors and mentors are experts who guide experienced product leaders through transitions with informative online lectures, webinars, and lively discussion sessions. They build connections with a group of product leaders in similar stages of their careers, and navigate this exciting step together.

Escaping the Build Trap

Melissa is the author of “Escaping the Build Trap”. This book provides a toolbox of product management principles that can be applied to any company, big or small. By understanding the secrets to communicating and collaborating within a company structure, you’ll learn how to overcome product development roadblocks and how to build products that benefit both your business and your customer.

Product Thinking Podcast

The Product Thinking Podcast is where Melissa connects with industry leading experts in the product management space, and answers pressing questions about everything product. Join them each week to level up your skillset and invest in yourself as a product leader.

Melissa Perri + Dragonboat

Dragonboat Board Advisor

Melissa joined Dragonboat’s Board of Advisors in February 2022 to bring portfolio management to outcome-focused CPOs and their teams.

“One trend I’m seeing is the need for great product management to drive business success in organizations. For that to succeed, we need to align goals and measure outcomes at both the team and exec levels. Dragonboat’s portfolio planning tool fills this gap, allowing executives and team members to see that level of insight and adjust allocation and priorities responsively. Dragonboat is the best tool I’ve seen that connects the moving pieces from the exec to feature teams level, tying work back to goals and outcomes.”

–Melissa Perri

Outcome-Driven Product Management

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