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Beginner Level

Some familiarity with software development and product management is helpful, but not required.

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    How to create the actionable focus to successfully manage your product

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    How to focus your work using modern product management methods

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    How to manage new products and explore new product ideas

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    How to manage and amplify existing products

Skills you will gain

Product/Market FitProduct ManagementDesign ThinkingInnovation PipelineLean Startup
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with software development and product management is helpful, but not required.

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Achieving Focus and #Winning

As a product manager, you and your team will always have more ideas and more requests than you can possibly manage. Making matters still more complicated, part of your job is to develop and then ‘sell’ a particular view of what should happen with your product to diverse stakeholders (engineering, marketing, etc.). How do you do it? Success requires an actionable, testable focus. The successful product manager identifies vivid, testable customer outcomes and creates focus around them. This week we’ll show you how to interface effectively with all your stakeholders to create that actionable focus....
Reading
19 videos (Total 95 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video19 videos
You, the Product Manager5m
Why Is a Product Never a Product?6m
You and Your Customer4m
You and Your Design Team4m
You and Your Development Team4m
Product Manager vs. Product Owner8m
Greg Cohen on PM vs. PO?8m
What Is Data Science?3m
You and Your Data Science Team6m
Meet Enable Quiz, Our Startup Company Example3m
You and Your Consulting and/or Support Team5m
Focal Tool: The Customer Journey4m
Nastia Root on Creating a Strong Interface with Support4m
You and Your Sales and Marketing Team7m
You and Your Finance/Accounting and Legal Teams4m
You and Your Project Manager3m
You and Your Management Team4m
Week 1 Takeaways1m
Reading1 reading
Course Overview & Requirements10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz on the #Winning PM9m
Practice Quiz on Many Areas, One Focus21m
Week 1 Final Quiz30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Using Today's Product Management Methods

You’ve probably heard that the days of ‘build it and they will come’ are over. But what exactly should you be doing instead? There’s no shortage of material out there on how to be innovative--but you only have so much time. This week we’ll step through the method’s today’s most successful product managers are using and give you tips to “sell” those methods to your stakeholders. We’ll also show you how to analyze growth, engagement and monetization using qualitative and quantitative methods. You’ll finish the week with an understanding of which methods to apply when and hear from practitioners who are using these methods to make breakthrough products. ...
Reading
20 videos (Total 113 min), 4 quizzes
Video20 videos
What Kind of PM Are You?3m
Methods and PMs8m
Agile and Product Management7m
Design Thinking and the Product Manager6m
Lean Startup and the Product Manager9m
Managing Habits: Trigger and Action5m
Managing Habits: Variable Reward and Investment5m
Nir Eyal on Managing Habits6m
User Story Mapping for Product Managers7m
Prototyping for Product Managers5m
Usability Testing for Product Managers4m
Collaborating with Enterprise Customers--Tips 1-48m
Collaborating with Enterprise Customers--Tips 5-93m
David Bland on Avoiding the Product Death Cycle2m
Shaping Your Funnel Part 14m
Shaping Your Funnel Part 26m
Managing a Product with Hardware5m
Making Time to Do Things Right3m
Week 2 Takeaways4m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz on Solving the Right Problem12m
Practice Quiz on Creating the Right Solution6m
Practice Quiz on Applications in Product Management12m
Week 2 Final Quiz20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Exploring a New Product Idea

Something on the order of 9 out of 10 new products fail. Those sound like daunting odds, but through disciplined exploration an effective PM knows how to make even the improbable probable. This week we’ll show you how to apply your understanding of modern PM methods to exploring new product ideas. We’ll step through customer discovery, idea testing/validation, early development, and business model design. By the end you’ll have a durable process you can both execute and communicate to your team. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 73 min), 4 quizzes
Video13 videos
Learning vs. Scaling7m
The Importance of Good Enough: "Cooped Up" MVPs8m
The Importance of Good Enough: "Greener Air" MVPs7m
Non-Titular Product Managers53s
David Chait on Non-Titular PMs5m
Horizons of Growth5m
Corporate Innovation Pipeline5m
Creating a Healthy Innovation Pipeline6m
David Bland on New Ventures Inside the Corporation8m
Business Model Design I: Proposition Design5m
Business Model Design II: Customer Journeys6m
Week 3 Takeaways2m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz on Learning vs. Scaling18m
Practice Quiz on Innovating in the Corporation6m
Practice Quiz: From Proposition to Business Model6m
Week 3 Final Quiz: Exploring a New Product Idea30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Amplifying an Existing Product

If you want a product that does more than make a big splash, you’ll need to apply what you’ve learned here every week, every sprint to keep that product fresh and relevant. It’s not hard to let a great product get sidetracked and become irrelevant to its users--this happens all the time. Some figures show the portion of features on successful products that are regularly used to be well under 50%. Yikes! In this week, we’ll look at how successful product managers keep their products fresh and focused on valuable outcomes for their users. You’ll learn how to put a focused, sustainable, program in place to keep your product competitive. ...
Reading
19 videos (Total 105 min), 3 quizzes
Video19 videos
Identifying Business Model Types5m
Business Model Design III: Delivery and Execution6m
Tamara Carleton on Strategic Foresight6m
The Trouble with New Features3m
The Importance of Good Enough: Seedling Features5m
Actionable Analytics5m
Eric Qi Dong on Disciplined Analytics for the Product Manager7m
Kiran Kadambi on Structuring Problems in Product Management13m
Applying Data Science5m
Andrew Kritzer on Data Science for the MBA6m
Jim Rose on Continuous Integration and Delivery7m
Jim Rose on Monolithic Architectures and Microservices4m
Managing a Channel or Modality1m
Nastia Root on Being a Growth PM5m
It's Not a Meeting l5m
It's Not a Meeting II7m
Roadmap?6m
Course and week close: Let's Not Make This Good-Bye34s
Quiz3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Focused Tuning and Testing15m
Practice Quiz: Driving Growth through Focus15m
Week 4 Final Quiz30m

Instructor

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Alex Cowan

Faculty & Batten Fellow
Darden School of Business

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