IDSE401 Product Management


About this course

This course teaches students the fundamental methods of product management. They will develop a sense of how to take a product from wireframe to market. They will also learn to produce a strategy document, articulate what success looks like, and show people a roadmap to get there.

Outcomes and competencies

The following outcome statements articulate the competencies, abilities, and skills a student will have as a result of completing this class. Students will...

  • Understand how to extract feature specifications from a design, and size those features with developers
  • Understand terminology for common technology stacks and project management approach for software development projects
  • Be able to create a thin-slice design of a product, and build a roadmap showing how it grows to a large development story

Schedule

DayDateIn Class

Out of class

Mon

3/5

Class Overview

Introduction to Product Management

Feature and Capability Breakdown, Sizing Summary

Read Well-Designed - Chapter 6

Refine wireframes from IDSE201

Wed

3/7

Discussion: Working with Developers

Guests: Mark Phillips, Andre Ortiz, Chap Ambrose

Schedule meeting with developer

Work on Assignment 1

Read Greater Good Studio Medium blog

Tue

3/13

SXSW Guest: George Aye - Greater Good Studio

Schedule meeting with developer

Work on Assignment 1

Wed

3/14

SXSW Guest: Chelsea Hostetter and Katsuki - Goodpatch Inc

Schedule meeting with developer

Work on Assignment 1

Mon

3/19

Assignment Due: Feature & Capability Breakdown and Sizing Summary

Wed

3/21

Lecture: Product Roadmap

Work on Assignment 2

Mon

3/26

Discussion: Prioritization in the real world

Guest: Jaidev Amrite

Work on Assignment 2

Wed

3/28

Discussion: Finding first customers

Guest: Chris Dunkin

Work on Assignment 2

Mon

4/2

Assignment Due: Product Roadmap

Set up Rails environment

Wed

4/4

Lecture: Strategy Brief

Set up Rails environment

Sun

4/8

10am-12:30pm

Hands-on session: Understanding technology stacks

Work on Assignment 3

Mon

4/9

Hands-on session: Understanding technology stacks

Work on Assignment 3

Mon

4/16

Assignment Due: Strategy Brief

Prep for Studio final

Wed

4/18

Discussion: What makes a good portfolio?

Guest: Chrissy Cowdrey

Prep for Studio final

Tue

4/24

Work Session

Prep for Studio final

Thu

4/26

Studio Project Community Showcase

Celebrate and sleep!