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

3/4

Class Overview

Introduction to Product Management

Feature and Capability Breakdown, Sizing Summary

Read Well-Designed - Chapter 6

Refine wireframes from IDSE201

Wed

3/6

Discussion: Working with Developers
Guests: Chap Ambrose, Mark Phillips, Eric Webb

Schedule meeting with developer

Refine wireframes from IDSE201

Work on Assignment 1

Mon

3/11

Sizing Banking App, Writing Effective User Stories

Schedule meeting with developer

Refine wireframes from IDSE201

Work on Assignment 1

Wed

3/13

Agile Concepts and Practice

Schedule meeting with developer

Refine wireframes from IDSE201

Work on Assignment 1

Mon

3/18

Assignment 1 Due: Feature & Capability Breakdown and Sizing Summary

Present lessons learned from developer discussions

Update Assignment 1 with feedback

Wed

3/20

Lecture: Product Roadmap

Work on Assignment 2

Mon

3/25

Discussion: Prioritization in the real world
Guest: Aaron Farley

Work on Assignment 2

Wed

3/27

Assignment 2 Due: Product Roadmap

Present Roadmap and lessons learned

Update Assignment 2 with feedback

Mon

4/1

Lecture Strategy Brief, The Effective Designer

Work on Assignment 3

Wed

4/3

Work Session

Work on Assignment 3

Mon

4/8

Assignment 3 Due: Strategy Brief

Guest: Brad Cohen

Wed

4/10

Research, Competitive Landscape, Competitive Teardown

Work on Assignment 4

Mon

4/15

Differentiation, Positioning, Identifying Value

Work on Assignment 4

Wed

4/17

Business Models

Work on Assignment 4

Mon

4/22

Assignment 4 Due: Case Study

Discussion: What makes a good portfolio
Guest: Judie Le

Prep for Studio final

Wed

4/24

Work Session and Portfolio Critique

Celebrate and sleep!