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About the Course

Designing the customer and user experience is essential to creating great products today. Gone is the old paradigm of “form follows function” model of design. The process must be iterative and follow the best product design and development processes. While designing a great user experience can be a lengthy and expensive process, there are approaches to doing it faster and smarter, without compromising results. This essential product management course explains key design thinking principles around personas, story mapping, and prototyping. Product managers need to know and appreciate product designer tools and processes. By combining these principles with good scrum processes, you’ll learn to create great products that don’t sacrifice design for functionality or feasibility. This course enables students to transition from ideas to prototyping and concept testing of their products and services. Students learn how best to effectively translate ideas into marketable offerings so that the best product and service ideas are harnessed and create real value for customers and the organization. Emphasis is placed on an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, industrial design, and the business of new product development. Topics include design methods, modeling and simulation, material and manufacturing process selection, platform and modular design, mass customization, planning and scheduling....

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Sep 5, 2022

I learn a lot about prototyping process and design timeline


Sep 10, 2021

Very Well Designed Concepts and Explanations .Thank you

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By Fernanda M

Apr 13, 2022

Don't take this course. THIS COURSE IS USELESS There are so many things wrong with this course that is hard to pick the most critical ones.

- The instructor rambles so much and jumps from vague concepts to old practices and personal feelings. - Most of the (superficial) explanations are hardware-oriented, but then the instructor switches to software products examples and it doesn't fit at all. - Most of the sub-topics are totally out of context. This is a curse of Prototyping, if a topic is "Open source" one would expect to have some Open Source Tools for prototyping, but no, she talks about Open Source in general and rambles about a topic that is evidently out of her domain. - The same for Testing. We are supposed to learn here how to test a PROTOTYPE and she rambles about general software testing, there's even a DevOps slide haha...and she concludes that this is too difficult for you and you better find someone who knows. Is this a joke? - All the course she rambles about Agile and Lean, but in the PM module, she uses cascade-based and traditional PM content. - Finally, this is supposed to be a Course on Product Management specialization, a role which is not even mentioned. Ridiculous. And last but not least, please edit the videos and delete the bloopers. Is so unprofessional!

Note for the instructor: Update yourself (get some Coursera courses maybe), go to therapy.

By Andrew M

Dec 15, 2022

This was the least useful course in the product specialization. The videos are raw and unedited, frequently just editing multiple takes together. The presenter contradicts her slides, and other courses in the specialization. At times the presenter point blank says "I don't use this" about content she's presenting.

The course has little depth to the content. It feels more like a flyby of bullet points.

By Mohamad S B S

Aug 1, 2021

Thanks for the education. Could be improved with more in depth and technical content.

By gabriel s

Sep 11, 2022

Lot of definitions. I'd like it to have more practical uses.

By Michael C

Dec 17, 2023

Explaining the material is very poor, the lecturer often switches to different topics, which are not related to the issue

By Syukri a a

Sep 6, 2022

I learn a lot about prototyping process and design timeline

By Amrut M

Sep 11, 2021

Very Well Designed Concepts and Explanations .Thank you

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By Soumoyajyoti D

Jan 27, 2022

Lacked in indepth concept of methods


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By ehsan t

Apr 5, 2023

It was a very intuitive and enlightening course, however, the structure of each video and the chain structure of the whole course could be much better.

By Malik A

Feb 15, 2023

video recording with bad quality and presentation

By Luis A S M

Feb 29, 2024

Honestly not a great course for those with limited time, instructor is not focused, so most of the times you will find yourself lost in a non concrete speech, Sometimes i take my courses while doing other stuff and it's very important for me to get a clear sense of the topic just by hearing it, during this I have to go back and to watch the videos which took me so long because many of the important concise info was on the slides rather than in the speech, I´m interested on examples but I felt that non of the given ones where clear or had a point to settled.

By Joanne O

Mar 20, 2024

I'm struggling to know where to begin. The lecturer's delivery of content was nearly impossible to follow — it felt very scattered and disjointed. The slides seemed disconnected, and the examples provided were outdated. Additionally, the content didn't align well with the title of the course. I felt like I wasted a significant amount of time listening to someone ramble on for hours. Due to these reasons, I found completing this course very challenging.