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Udacity

Become a Product Manager

via Udacity Nanodegree

Overview

Product Manager is a top 5 job on LinkedIn's Most Promising Jobs for 2019, and one of the most coveted roles in large tech enterprises, as well as entrepreneurial startups. With a starting base salary of $125,000, Product Management roles in the US have grown an astounding 32% over just a two year period, from August 2017 to June 2019, higher than software engineering job growth (21%) and overall US job growth (6%) during that same time span. This program will teach you to pitch a product vision, run a design sprint, manage the product development process, and finally, deliver a product to market.
Envision and execute the development of industry-defining products, and learn how to successfully bring them to market.

Syllabus

  • Product Strategy
    • The most effective products start with a comprehensive market-based, insight-driven strategy. Identify the right problems to solve through market research, target user definition, and market sizing. Create a compelling vision and strategy that will set up the team to solve those problems. Understand how to communicate effectively to get people excited and invested in your ideas.
  • Product Design
    • Take an idea through concept, design, and user validation phases, and create a spec to handoff to Engineering for development. Use design-thinking methodologies to explore various ideas, and then converge on a single idea. Map out the full concept through creation of a prototype that can be used to validate that you’re solving a problem for real users.
  • Product Development
    • Learn the critical soft skills needed to manage the development and execution phase of the product. Collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders to guide them through planning and execution. Manage stakeholder expectations and handle risks that arise, reprioritizing feature and sprint priorities to tackle competing requests.
  • Product Launch
    • Create a plan, identify the launch risks, and figure out how to minimize their impact on your launch. Collaborate with a variety of teams including Marketing, Sales, Customer Support, and more to prepare them to interface with customers as the product is launched. Execute the launch and use feedback from your customers to determine the next steps for your product.

Taught by

Anastasia Root, Alex King and Yuva Murugan

Reviews

5.0 rating, based on 9 Class Central reviews

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  • Wow! Too much rich content. The PM nanodegree program is one of the best online lessons I have taken. You're exposed to the world of product management right from the beginning and gradually progress through with practical examples. Even though the course content is fantastic, it will take time to assimilate most of the concepts taught. However, after each lesson, I love the projects that come up because they allow me to research, think creatively, and develop real-world solutions.

    Overall I would say this is an excellent program for everyone who wants to start a career as a product manager.
  • I am super excited about the program. I enjoy the way the topics are broken into segments so it is not too boring. I cant wait to apply all that have learned in my daily work
  • The best have ever found, there project review is awesome. The slack community is superb. The career track is great.

    I love Udacity
  • Anonymous
    The course was well crafted and the projects were designed to make you apply every bit of information you learned from the class content. Concepts were well taught and your application measured against proper metrics

    It was great learning experience. I enjoyed every bit of the task and the review recommendations were spot on and apt
  • Anonymous
    It is going well and has actually exceeded expectations. The exercises are super helpful in applying and retaining knowledge. However, the requirements for the tasks could be explained more explicitly (perhaps with a short video by Alex).
  • Anonymous
    All i can say so far is that the value i am getting from udacity is more than my expectation, the hands on project and industry experience is just wow. thank you Udacity
  • Anonymous
    It was a thought first project that required dedication, time, and a lot of concentration to deep dive into the case. I like that we could have different projects to choose from. The review process was really fast and precise, with some learnings and takeaways to continue this path.
  • Anonymous
    The Product Management course is complete and guides you through the entire process of developing a product end to end. I had all the support I needed, and I highly recommend Udacity.
  • I am learning a lot from this program and really love it. It has helped me understand the basics of pitching a product!

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