Course Progress

Week 1: Problems, Opportunities, and Customers about 1 hour

Week 2: Test for Success about 2 hours

    1. So We're Doing This

    Welcome to Week 2 of Product Management, where we take a step away from the realms of theory and start managing some product. Are you ready to talk to your customers and make some MVPs?

    2. Soylent Green Is Customers!

    In this lesson, we're talking all about people. Specifically, how you can identify the people who will most appreciate your product, and how you can talk to customers to help develop a product that is even better for them. And we're doing it with more games, too!

    3. Talk Consumer Survey To Me

    Identifying your customers is just the first step. Now you have to talk to them and find out how best to address the want or need they have which your product solves. In this lesson, we discuss strategies for making the most and getting the best kind of information out of your customer interactions.

    4. Not All Questions Are Created Equal

    Now that you know who to ask and how to ask questions, we cover what sort of questions are going to be the most useful to you as a product manager.

    5. A Serious Mock Interview

    In this video, we demonstrate what a sample customer interview might look like, talk about how to be flexible when the conversation goes off script, and answer the question of when to get away from New York City in the summer.

    6. No Cake For You: Risks And Assumptions

    In this lesson, we clarify the difference between assumptions, which you need to make in order to build a product, and risk, which you need to minimize as much as possible. Plus, derivatives, dastardly figures, and different kinds of cake.

    7. MVPs: How To Not Throw Away Your Shot

    In this lesson, we discuss MVPs - minimum viable products - and how they can provide market insight for your product without you having to do anything. Well, with you having to do comparatively less than actually launching a product.

    8. MVPs: Many (and) Varied Persuasions

    Now that we know what minimum viable products are, it's time to explore the types that you can build and what they test for. There are many different kinds but which one is yours?

    9. The Magic of Making MVPs Part 1

    Ready to build an MVP, nerds? We go over the steps of MVP development and go in depth on the first three: identifying risk and assumptions, converting those into testable hypotheses, and deciding which hypotheses to test.

    10. The Magic Of Making MVPs: Part 2

    Now that we know what assumptions we need to validate, we need to pick the MVP that will best test them.

    11. The Magic Of Making MVPs: Part 3

    In this lesson, we cover how these last steps in creating an MVP will help us make the most out of it. Whether its a success or not, minimum viable product helps you as the product manager learn, adjust your product, and refine it to be as successful as possible.

    12. The Metrics System

    Now that we know how to make an MVP, we need to learn how to analyze one. In this video, we take all the intimidation out of metrics, and learn how product managers can make them dance, my pretties, dance - or, ahem, utilize them effectively.

    13. A Study In Getting AirBnb Out Of The Scarlet

    In this video, we move from theory to practice, and examine how metrics helped AirBnB fix a real problem they identified with a real product-oriented solution.

    14. The AirBnB-able Bride: Metrics Case Study Part 2

    In the last video, we saw how AirBnB used metrics to identify a KPI and took steps to address its hypothesis for improving that KPI. Now, we get down to the fun comparing the data and fine-tuning the metrics in order to see the result. It's like an awards ceremony where you don't have to listen to anyone thank their agent.

    15. A Casebook Of Metrics

    Haven't gotten enough metrics yet? Good! Neither have we. In this lesson, we identify common metrics across the different stages of product development. Knowing these will help you define success and create solutions for your product.

Week 3: Get Closer to Your Customers about 2 hours

    1. Let's Get To Work

    You're already halfway through the course! Now that you have a whole bunch of information on your customers, it's time to go rest on your laurels, right? Wrong! Let's put that information to work so that you can make some great products! How are we going to do that? Join us in Week 3...

    2. Persona Of Interest

    In this lesson, we get tactical and discuss how personas - or groupings of customers - help us organize products and make effective decisions. Pizza for everyone!

    3. Getting Real With Personas

    In this lesson, we explore how to identify personas based on all your customer interactions, as well as common types of personas product managers should be mindful of. Spoiler: we're an Aries.

    4. Persona Ex Machina

    In this video, we cover the seven components that can help you create effective personas.

    5. Features: Standing Alone Together

    Now that we've covered the context and high level analysis of product management, we dive into actually building a product. The first step in this is understanding and identifying the features of a product that make it the complete experience you want for your customer.

    6. Features Part 2: May You Always Be Satisfied

    Now that we know how to think about product features a little more, in this video we start translating customer needs into features we can actually build.

    7. Features Part 3: Who Tells Your (User) Story?

    In this lesson, we tell some stories. Specifically, the tale of how user stories can help clarify what features need to accomplish and keep every team working on that feature on the same page, focused on the goals that will make the feature a success.

    8. Prioritization Part 1: Some Assembly Required

    In this lesson, we talk about how to organize all the pieces and needs we've identified and clarified, so that we can successfully assemble them into a useful feature. And all without an allen wrench.

    9. Prioritization Part 2: Which One Of These Is Dependent On The Others?

    In this video, we actually roll our sleeves up go through the first three steps in prioritization, grouping and ordering the needs we're addressing, and then thinking about the value and effort required to address them. Product managers don't let their teams pull all-nighters for nothing.

    10. Prioritization Part 3: For The Greater Groups

    In this lesson, we continue breaking down the effort and value of different features in order to prioritize what gets built first.

    11. Prioritization Part 4: And Then There Were Fonts

    We finish up our process of prioritization by talking through how to identify value and dependencies within groups.

Week 4: Defining a Product's Features about 1 hour

    1. Get Yourself Seen and Heard

    You are so close to your Product Managing Blackbelt! Now that we've figured out exactly what product and features you should build, we need to get them out of your head and into the market. Stick around, and Christian will teach you how to document your product ideas for future generations (and for present customers.) Let's get you in front of a crowd!

    2. Go With The User Flow

    In this stage of the course, we talk user flows, a great tool for giving all your teams a consistent understanding of what they're building. They're also a great excuse for practicing your diamonds.

    3. Draw Me Like One Of Your Wireframes

    In this lesson, we talk (and draw!) wireframes. As a product manager, you're going to have to work with both designers and engineers to help them understand what the product's actually going to look like.

    4. Bring It All Together: The Product Overview

    In this lesson, we talk about how we bring together all of the information we've gathered and all the solutions we've come up with. Product overviews will help you as the product manager create a concise, understandable way to access everything you've learned.

    5. Papers, Please: Product Documentation

    In this lesson, we talk about how to organize your product documentation beyond the overview so that anyone building the product or brought on later understand what the product's supposed to do and why it's built the way it is. It's like the Rosetta Stone but with more links to metrics.

    6. Polishing Your (Product) Specs

    Ready to go low-brow? Or at least low-structure. In this last lesson, we refine the best practices for creating specs, or the functional documentation, that defines product features and how specifically they work.

    7. Consider Yourself Project Managed

    Victory! You made it to the end of the course, you Product Managing beast you. Just remember to use your new superpowers responsibly.

    8. Get Your Certificate