Product
Management

10-Week Part-Time Or 1-Week Accelerated Course

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Develop metrics to measure success

The Big Picture

Gain leadership and communication skills to succeed in this in-demand field. Learn to launch viable, market-ready products and features that solve real problems for your customers.

Understand your users

Skills, Tools, & Strategies

Practice user-centered design, lead a team with a metric-driven product roadmap, and hone communication skills to win stakeholder buy-in for product strategies and proposals.

Create a product roadmap

Product Management in Practice

Develop and validate a product strategy by defining a minimum viable product (MVP), key metrics, personas, wireframes, a product roadmap, and user stories.

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See What You’ll Learn

Unit 1: Defining Product Management

Introducing Product Management

  • Review course goals and expectations.
  • Describe the role of product management in business and the various responsibilities of a product manager.
  • Pinpoint what makes an effective product manager (PM) — and what makes a bad one.

Exploring the Product Development Life Cycle

  • Describe the role a PM plays in each phase of the product development cycle.
  • Define a hypothesis and how it relates to a problem statement.
  • Identify how product and project risks can affect the development cycle.
  • Explain the concept of product/market fit.

Unit 2: Understanding Your Customer

Executing Customer Development

  • Identify target users for your product or project.
  • Formulate research goals and user interview questions.
  • Practice user interview techniques.

Developing Personas

  • Distill user research into key findings.
  • Differentiate between strong and weak user personas.
  • Create personas based on user research results.

Unit 3: Defining Product Features

Building a Minimum Viable Product

  • Explain the purpose and process of building a minimum viable product (MVP).
  • Identify various ways to build and learn from an MVP.
  • Learn to determine if an MVP achieves product/market fit.
  • Develop an MVP to qualify key risks and assumptions for your product or project.

Outlining and Prioritizing Features

  • Define a feature and where its scope ends.
  • Discuss scope creep and the importance of prioritization in product development.
  • Explore lean development techniques in the context of feature prioritization.
  • Identify the sequence of activities necessary to effectively prioritize product features.
  • Apply a prioritization matrix to your own list of features.

Unit 4: Exploring Product Design

Communicating Your Ideas Visually

  • Discuss how design fits into the product world.
  • Explore different methods of wireframing — sketch, lo-fi, and hi-fi.
  • Create and provide feedback for sketches.
  • Use sketching to tell a story about your product.
  • Identify strategies to collect and dissect feedback from internal stakeholders.

Validating Your Design

  • Identify the five elements of usability and their role in product management.
  • Discover how usability testing fits into a PM's role.
  • Distinguish the differences between approaches to usability testing.
  • Define and craft a task scenario.
  • Create usability tests that follow best practices.

Unit 5: Communicating Your Product

Pitching A Product or Feature

  • Define best practices for pitching and presenting products and features.
  • Learn to gain stakeholder buy-in by leveraging sales tactics and skills.
  • Create a brief presentation to pitch your idea to stakeholders.

Mid-Point Presentations

  • Demonstrate your pitching skills with a brief, in-class presentation.
  • Defend the product decisions you’ve made thus far to classmates as you would to internal stakeholders.
  • Provide constructive feedback and critique on classmate presentations.

Unit 6: Planning for Execution

Defining Product Roadmaps

  • Explore how product roadmaps help align companies and teams.
  • Discover where product roadmaps fit into a PM's workflow.
  • Learn to effectively share your product roadmap to others to acquire internal and external resources.
  • Defend your prioritization decisions using a product roadmap.
  • Incorporate stakeholder feedback while refining your product roadmap.

Setting Metrics and Objectives and Key Results

  • Learn to select the right key performance indicators (KPIs) for different products, features, or user problems.
  • Walk through the customer cycle and apply funnels to increase your understanding.
  • Try out common metric tracking tools used by PMs.
  • Define objectives and key results (OKRs) for your product roadmap.

Unit 7: Practicing Agile Project Management

Understanding Agile Methodology

  • Identify the different stages and roles of scrum and a sprint cycle.
  • Describe best practices for agile project management.
  • Explore the pros and cons of agile development.

Applying Agile Tactics

  • Develop an effective user story and acceptance criteria.
  • Survey different agile tools and methodologies, and discuss the pros and cons of each.
  • Identify the importance of good documentation.
  • Practice estimations for user stories.

Unit 8: Approaching Tech Like a Product Manager

Identifying Essential Tech Knowledge for PMs

  • Define common terms in software development.
  • Approach common PM problems using technical knowledge.
  • Write effective release notes.
  • Discuss best practices for communicating with developers and managing the resource constraints of a dev team.

Flex Session

  • Dive deeper into a relevant topic, as determined by your instructor.

Unit 9: Practicing Stakeholder Management

Defining Keys of Stakeholder Management

  • Identify and classify key stakeholders for various product development situations.
  • Practice effective communication strategies for dealing with different stakeholders.
  • Develop strategies for working with different personality types.
  • Describe the concept of “influencing without authority” as a PM.
  • Learn how to say "no" correctly.

Final Presentations, Part I

  • Effectively communicate your product's progress and product roadmap through an in-class presentation.
  • Provide constructive critique and feedback for your classmates.

Unit 10: Presentations & Next Steps

Final Presentations, Part II

  • Effectively communicate your product's progress and product roadmap through an in-class presentation.
  • Provide constructive critique and feedback for your classmates.

Exploring Potential Next Steps

  • Discover potential growth paths and career opportunities for PMs.
  • Explore the PM job market in your city.
  • Identify resources you can use to continually grow and stay relevant in the world of product management.

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This course gets at the core of what product management is all about: finding the right solution to the right problem for the right market. Students learn first-hand from experienced Product Managers and are able to apply new skills right away.

Aditi Joshi / Product Instructor Fellow, General Assembly; Product Lead, Consumer Products, IMS Health

Aditi Joshi, General Assembly and IMS Health

Meet your instructors

Learn from skilled instructors with professional experience in the field.

Matthias Wagner

San Francisco

Matthias Wagner

CEO & Founder,

Kaktus Lab

Sherika Wynter

Washington, D.C.

Sherika Wynter

Senior Product Manager,

USAC

Gopal Shenoy

Boston

Gopal Shenoy

Senior Director of Product Management,

Care.com

Rosemary King

London

Rosemary King

Product Manager,

Pivotal Labs

Matthew Strozak

Chicago

Matthew Strozak

VP of Product Management,

PowerReviews

David Lifson

New York City

David Lifson

VP Product,

XO Group

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Choose one of two convenient ways to skill up on Product Management. Our 10-Week Part-Time course fits neatly into busy schedules. The 1-Week Accelerated Full-Time program offers concentrated learning from 9 to 5 each day.

Accelerated 1-Week

Dec 17 – Dec 22

Mon - Sat


9am - 5pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE: Accelerated 1-Week

Dec 17 – Dec 22

Mon - Sat


10am - 6pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE WED-MON: Accelerated 1-Week

Dec 26 – Dec 31

Mon & Wed - Sun


10am - 6pm


$3,950 USD

Accelerated 1-Week

Jan 14 – Jan 19

Mon - Sat


9am - 5pm


$3,950 USD

Jan 22 – Mar 28

Tue & Thu


6:30pm - 8:30pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE

Jan 22 – Mar 28

Tue & Thu


7pm - 9pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE

Feb 4 – Apr 9

Mon - Sat


10am - 6pm


$3,950 USD

Feb 25 – May 1

Mon & Wed


6:30pm - 8:30pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE

Feb 25 – May 1

Mon & Wed


8pm - 10pm


$3,950 USD

Accelerated 1-Week

Mar 11 – Mar 16

Mon - Sat


9am - 5pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE

Mar 12 – May 16

Tue & Thu


1pm - 3pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE: Accelerated 1-Week

Mar 18 – Mar 23

Mon - Sat


10am - 6pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE

Apr 2 – Jun 6

Tue & Thu


8pm - 10pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE: Accelerated 1-Week

Apr 29 – May 4

Mon - Sat


10am - 6pm


$3,950 USD

ONLINE

May 7 – Jul 16

Except: Jul 4

Tue & Thu


8pm - 10pm


$3,950 USD

Take a Week Off to Kickstart Career Growth

Can’t make it to campus or commit 10 weeks? Learn from wherever you are in our online Accelerated Remote course.

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  • Why is this course relevant today?

    These days, everyone seems to have an idea that may be “the next big thing,” but very few people actually have the knowledge or skill to bring a product to life. Product management lies at the intersection between business, design, and technology, allowing you to gauge whether a product is viable from a business perspective, desired by your customers, and technically feasible. Whether they’re developing their own product or working within a larger organization, product managers work with key stakeholders, designers, and developers to ensure that the final product meets both customer and business objectives.

  • What practical skill sets can I expect to have upon completion of the course?

    By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

    • Clearly define and describe the role and responsibilities of a product manager.
    • Determine the key risks and assumptions of a given product in order to conduct user testing.
    • Carry out effective user research and apply usability tests to validate product development decisions.
    • Create wireframes, MVPs, and basic prototypes in order to test assumptions about products and features.
    • Use metrics and OKRs to measure a product’s success and track its life cycle.
    • Apply agile best practices by communicating features in epics and user story formats.
    • Speak fluently with developers about technology and technical constraints.
  • What will my weekly schedule be like?

    Our Product Management course is a blended learning experience, combining online and in-person education. Pre-work lessons, which consist of videos, articles, and brief exercises, provide a foundation for in-class instruction. Additionally, you’ll apply what you've learned through homework assignments that culminate in a final project.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this course?

    No, there are no prerequisites for the course.

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