Product Management: Career Preparation for Success
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Product Management: Career Preparation for Success

How to get & prepare for your first job as a Product Manager. The beginner's manual ideal for aspiring product managers.
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3.6 (124 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,384 students enrolled
Created by Felix Thea
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Clearly understand the product manager role so you can evaluate if it's the right career for you.
  • Know how to position yourself as the ideal candidate for an entry level product management job so that you can land job interviews.
  • Learn the most important product management interview questions and hear actual product managers answer some of the questions so that you can be prepared for interviews.
  • Know the lingo, product management process, and how to work with others as a product manager so you're prepared for the first day on the job.
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Requirements
  • Be familiar with the startup scene
  • Have an idea of companies you want to work for
Description

Product Manager salaries start at $69,000 and can go as high as $140,000 with the national US average of $104,000. Product Management jobs will grow at a rate of 12% over the next decade.

2,300+ future product managers have already enrolled - and have left over 30 full 5 star ecstatic reviews.

Course fully updated for March 2016

  • Obliterate the "What if I can't get the job?" fear
  • Destroy the fear that you won't qualify for the job
  • Demolish the feeling that you lack experience

You've spent hours finding, collecting and analyzing opinions and advice on product management from all over the Internet, but you have this uneasy feeling that you don't have the complete picture and you don't know how to go from where you are today to landing your first product management job.

What if within a few hours, you can have a complete picture of product management and know the exact steps to take to launch your product management career.

"After going through this course and seeing what interview questions to expect and how to answer them I feel much more confident and prepared for getting and performing well during the interview."

- Chris Parsons, Student

In just 3 hours, you will learn...

  • What the day-to-day job is like (from actual Product Managers)
  • How to present yourself as the ideal candidate
  • What tools and apps product managers use and how they use it so you can list them on your resume
  • How to flow right into the job by learning the entire product management process
  • How to show that you can add value to the company on Day 1
  • The product manager job description from interviews with actual product managers
  • How to ace the product management interview with the most commonly asked product management interview questions

And more:

  • You'll also get my personal product management resume template and learn about the critical 'resume killer' to make you shine as the ideal product management candidate.
  • Once you're complete the course, you won't be left to fend for yourself. Instead, you will get the checklist of things you can start doing immediately based on what you've learned in the course so you can begin your product management career.
  • You will get a lifetime access to this course, without any limits!
  • This course will be updated frequently and all future updates are absolutely FREE (the price of the course will go up, but you'll always get updates for free)
  • Access to all future interviews with product managers (new interview every month)
  • You always get a 30-day FULL-MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, so don't hesitate to give yourself the best chance at getting your first product managment job.

"This course has done the work to gather all the resources you need to learn everything you need to to land your first product manager job including actual common interview questions. Interviewing is no longer a black box and I understand how I should prepare."

- Strife Lim, Student

Every day you delay is slowing you down from achieving your dreams of becoming a Product Manager

Enroll now!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for anyone that is seriously considering a product management career and wants a starting place to begin their journey.
  • This product management course is ideal for someone just beginning their career or making a career change and wants to know more about what it's like to be a product manager.
  • This course is for you if you want an entry level product management job at a tech company or startup.
  • This course is the missing beginner's manual for understanding the product management role.
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
04:25:59
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Introduction to the Course
3 Lectures 10:14

Meet Your Instructor -- Me!
04:10

How to Get the Most Out of This Course
01:45
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What Does a Product Manager do Day to Day?
10 Lectures 02:15:37

Learn the 7 key roles responsible for the successful creation and release of a product:

  1. Product Manager
  2. Project Manager
  3. Product Marketing Manager
  4. Designer
  5. Developer
  6. QA Engineer
  7. Executive Stakeholder

You will also learn how the product manager works with each of these roles.

Presentation slides are downloadable so you can reference later (see Downloadable Resources section)

Preview 08:33

I’ll talk through my typical day as a product manager and how I work with the different departments.

Presentation slides are downloadable so you can reference later (see Downloadable Resources section)

What I Did As a Product Manager
05:57

Product Manger Interview #1 - Part 1 (Shopify)
16:09

Product Manager Interview #1 - Part 2 (Shopify)
12:30

Product Manager Interview #2 - Part 1 (ProductHunt and PlayHaven)
14:19

Product Manager Interview #2 - Part 2 (ProductHunt and PlayHaven)
08:35

Product Manager Interview #3 (Dropbox)
18:01

Rich Edwards, Program Director of Product Management in IBM Watson's Developer Cloud talks about what it's like to be a product manager at a large corporation that builds products for other businesses. This is Part 1 of 3 videos.

Product Management Interview #4 - Part 1 (IBM)
19:10

Rich Edwards, Program Director of Product Management in IBM Watson's Developer Cloud talks about what it's like to be a product manager at a large corporation that builds products for other businesses. This is Part 2 of 3 videos.

Product Management Interview #4 - Part 2 (IBM)
19:06

Rich Edwards, Program Director of Product Management in IBM Watson's Developer Cloud talks about what it's like to be a product manager at a large corporation that builds products for other businesses. This is Part 3 of 3 videos.

Product Management Interview #4 - Part 3 (IBM)
13:17
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Learning the Product Management Process
3 Lectures 21:16

Agile methodology is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing philosophies for developing products. It emphasizes adaptability over processes and is being used by large established tech giants like Amazon and the latest hot startup.

In this lecture you'll learn more about the Agile Methodology and how it actually plays out in day to day life as a product manager.

Presentation slides are downloadable so you can reference later (see Downloadable Resources section)

What is Agile Development and Why Is It Popular?
05:23

One of the keys to Scrum (the most popular implementation of the Agile Methodology) is turning features into user stories. User stories are written by product managers to detail features from the perspective of the user.

In this lecture you'll learn how to take a product feature and create user stories out of it and how to create user personas that go along with your user stories.

Presentation slides are downloadable so you can reference later (see Downloadable Resources section)

How to Turn Feature Ideas Into Actionable User Stories
10:11

Once user stories are written, the next step is to get them scheduled so that your developers can turn your features into actual code.

In this lecture you'll learn how to get a user story worked on by a developer.

Presentation slides are downloadable so you can reference later (see Downloadable Resources section)

How User Stories Get Coded Into Live and Working Features
05:42

Product Management Process Quiz
8 questions
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Mastering The Tools To Do The Job
4 Lectures 26:58

An introduction and explanation of the different types of tools product managers use and examples of the product management tools.

Introduction to the Tools Product Managers Use Every Day
01:45

How I Understand My App Using Mindmaps
07:13

How to Build a Product Roadmap Using Pivotal Tracker
10:20

How I Wireframe My Products Using Balsamiq
07:40

Product Management Tools Quiz
3 questions
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Mastering Communications
6 Lectures 41:05
Working With Developers
08:20

Talking to Users and Conducting Customer Interviews
10:03

A dictionary of the top 20 product management terms I encounter on a daily or weekly basis.

Learning the Lingo (Top 20 Product Management Terms)
3 pages

Communicating to the Rest of the Company
08:28

How to Resolve Conflicts
06:42

How to Market Your Product
07:32

Communication Quiz
9 questions
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Getting the Job
7 Lectures 20:22

If you want to prepare for the most likely product management interview questions, study and use this lecture which contains 40 of the most common product management interview questions.

Top 40 Product Management Interview Questions
2 pages

Interview Questions Answered: Product Manager #1
04:58

Interview Questions Answered: Product Manager #2
02:04

Interview Questions Answered: Product Manager #3
03:49

3 Ways To Find Job Openings Outside of Job Boards
05:44

The Secret to Getting a Job: Do the Job Before Getting the Job
03:47

Take a look at a resume from an actual product manager, me :). I also annotate the different sections so you can know how to create your own resume and also make sure to go to the Additional Resources section to get a Word document version of my resume that you can work off of.

Resume Template
1 page
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Tying It All Together
3 Lectures 01:37
What You Can Do After This Course
01:33

I don't want to just leave you on your own at the end of this course so I've included a checklist of things you can should start working on once you finish the course so that you take action immediately and drastically increase your chances of getting your first product management job.

This checklist covers all the important action items discussed throughout the course and you can think of it as a map between where you are today and your future as a product manager.

Followup Checklist: Putting Your New Skills Into Action Immediately
2 pages

Download the entire presentation with all the slides so that you can reference them at any time.

Download The Entire Presentation
00:04
About the Instructor
Felix Thea
3.6 Average rating
124 Reviews
4,384 Students
1 Course
Product manager, entrepreneur and web developer

I've spent my entire career working at tech startups and have a unique and well-rounded understanding of how product management fits at a company due to my numerous roles in product management, business development, operations, and in engineering.

Product Management Career Experience:

I joined a technology startup as an early employee and have been a part of the growth of the company that went from a few million in annual revenues to now over $300 million in revenues in 2013 (and even more for 2014).

I worked as a product manager to build software products that were used by Fortune 500 companies like 1-800-Flowers, eBay and LL Bean and partnered with large tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo.

As a product manager, I've spent years launching products from scratch and also have experience improving existing products that all power millions of dollars in revenue.

Entrepreneurial Career:

Because of my experience as a product manager, I've gained invaluable skills that I can apply in my entreprenuerial career to create and launch my own software products and websites that have generated thousands of dollars in recurring revenue.

Skills like project management, design, user testing and user discovery interviews are some of the most vital skills you will learn as a product manager that you can apply to your life as an entrepreneur. Every product manager has an entrepreneurial spirit inside of them and the product management job is the first step towards cultivating that entrepreneurial drive.