Why choose between PM training or career guidance when you can get them both?
Craft the perfect pitch deck stage-by-stage, plan your career strategy, and so much more.
Netflix Director of Product Management Manish Sirdeshmukh invites you to do it all in just 6 weeks.
Uncover the elements of winning product pitches with a pro. Create and workshop your own deck over 6 weeks, in a small group of rising product leaders.
You'll deepen your familiarity with each product stage, digging into success measurements, MVP, delivery techniques, and more!
Jump into a diverse circle of professionals as you take on challenges like design thinking and SWOT analysis together. Bring new perspectives into your work — and build your network at the same time!
Step into the shoes of a seasoned product manager. You'll tackle each stage of the product life cycle and build up a powerful PM toolkit.
Demystify the roles and responsibilities within the field. Identify your strengths, refine your long-term vision, and chart a course to get there.
Prepare for the Product Case Study and other interview challenges with advice from product leaders on the other side of the table.
Get real with the senior PMs behind the products you already love. Build your network while you're at it.
What is product management, and what defines a great PM? Manish offers his perspective and invites you to look at some of tech's most impactful products through the lens of product management.
Assignment #01: You will be working in groups throughout the course to develop a pitch deck for a new product or feature of your choosing. Assume you and your group members are working as peer product managers there.
Choose one of the provided product concepts or brainstorm your own. What do you like about that product idea? Who are your customers? Why would they want your product? How is this product different from other similar products?
Oftentimes, the biggest mistake for organizations is misunderstanding their customer. Manish will teach you his go-to strategies for segmenting and understanding the customer(s), using examples from some real B2C, B2B, and platform companies.
Assignment #02: Work with your group members to determine the real customer for your company/product. Document observations about your customer along with their needs and behavior.
Learn how to find new product opportunities using proven techniques for out-of-the-box thinking. Manish grounds this exploration in the real world by workshopping some best-loved product companies that have grown their core product by strategically thinking about opportunities.
Assignment #03: As a group, ideate at least 10 new product opportunities for your virtual company.
Which opportunities are the right ones for your company to pursue? You will interrogate your product ideations from the previous class, using new techniques to frame your analysis.
Assignment #04: Using tools and strategies learned in the class, complete strategic analysis and narrow down to a single most probable product opportunity as a group.
Now that you have the right opportunity to pursue, you will focus on how to incorporate design thinking to determine Minimum Viable Product. Manish will give you a framework for prioritizing your resources to build cross-functional short-term and long-term roadmaps.
Assignment #05: Define the MVP for your product idea. Sketch a short and long term roadmap for your idea.
How do you determine if your product is headed in the right direction? You'll learn today’s common product success metrics and how to choose the right one for your product.
Assignment #06: Determine the right success metrics and criteria for your product idea.
Once you've established product-market fit, your customers still need to be convinced to use your product. What strategies can you employ to launch your product? What are the standard go-to-market strategies pushing products to the top?
Assignment #07: As a group, create a go-to-market strategy for your product idea.
Even after launch, your product is never done. When you start to see some surprises, how do you optimize? Manish shares the practices he's relied on throughout his career to deliver beyond launch.
Assignment #08: Working with your group, think about how you would optimize your product further.
Now that you have most content for your product pitch ready, your task at hand is packaging it up with a great story. You'll learn how to bring your own style and story-telling into your project communication.
Assignment #09: See Course Project.
Over the last 5 weeks, you've refined your product concept and built out a clear delivery plan. What kind of reaction will you get from decision makers?
This course project asks you to work with your group to crystallize your learnings around PM into a product pitch deck. (Refer to your work from Applications #1-8 to compile your slides.) Practice making a strong pitch for your product with your group.
Now, it's your turn in the spotlight. You, along with your group members, will deliver your pitch to Manish and the class and get real-time feedback from the room.
Assignment #10: Discuss the feedback you received with your working group. Modify your pitch slides accordingly.
This class is all about launching the next step in your career as a PM. Can you roadmap your career using the same techniques that you learned in this course? What should you expect in the process and how will you overcome challenges as the newest PM on a team?
Assignment #11: Define your long term career goals. What is your MVP? What would be your short and long term roadmap?
You'll hear from 3 PM executives from Big Tech companies and SMBs on what product management is like in their companies. What do they expect from the new product management hires? What is their key to becoming a successful product manager?
Assignment #12: Manish will give you a real-world Product Case Study based on his own experience from both sides of the table. Answer the Case Study questions (individual or group). Make sure to apply all the techniques you've learned in this course that are appropriate for each question.