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Boston University

Product Management with Lean, Agile and System Design Thinking

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Strong product management drives successful business model implementation. Learn about the key decisions, underlying tradeoffs, and implementation decisions needed for each phase of the product life and master business and organizational logic to ensure product success in the marketplace.

In this course, part of the Digital Product Management MicroMasters program, you will be introduced to key frameworks for decision-making based on both economic and organizational considerations. These frameworks inform a rising product manager on how to:

  • use customer co-creation and understanding of their needs to become a "champion" for user-centric development in digital technology.
  • set up and manage specific work flows (e.g. either lean, agile or stage gate development tasks) that result in timely launch and upgrades of products.
  • use a data-and metrics-driven approach to make product life cycle decisions including pricing, versioning, maintenance, helpdesks and end of life.
  • shape the direction of the product based on experimentation and system design thinking by learning from product roadmaps, competitive considerations, and allied evolution of demand in digital markets.

Caveat: This is not a course on software development, architecture or product marketing. The role of a product manager is to work with these functions effectively, such that the interests of a product (e.g., its profitability) and its customers are best served. Thus, the perspectives and skills covered in this course are integrative and allied with decision-making in their orientation.

Taught by

Nitin R. Joglekar and Varun Nagaraj


3.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4.3 rating at edX based on 8 ratings

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  • It's a great starting point for new Product Managers. Offers structured content with lots of open source readings. Gets you to work on a new product ideation and business modeling case.
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    Çağsun Acemoğlu
    This course feels like it has brought a lot of the raw materials around the topic together without much curation. The pace is too much, it doesn't go deep enough to very important parts of product management.

    I think they tried to cover everything about product management which didn't work in a 6 week course. But from this course's content, it's possible to see how a broad subject it is, and all the related fields it touches.

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