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 identify priorities and dependencies in order to build a roadmap

Schedule

DayDateIn Class

Out of class

1

Mon

3/9

Discussion: Introduction to Product Management

Discussion: Assignment 1 Goals

Read Well-Designed - Chapter 6

Project discovery, create scope and target use cases.

2

Wed

3/11

Discussion: Feature and Capability Breakdown, Sizing and Estimation

Work on A1

3

Mon

3/16

Working Session

Work on A1

Refine wireframes/requirements

4

Wed

3/18

Discussion: Writing Effective User Stories

Refine wireframes/requirements

Work on A1

Meet with developers

5

Mon

3/23

Discussion: Product Delivery: How teams use process to deliver process outcomes

Work on A1

Meet with developers

6

Wed

3/25

Working Session

Work on A1

Meet with developers

7

Mon

3/30

Working Session

Work on A2

8

Wed

4/1

Assignment 1 due:

Deliver: Feature & Capability Breakdown, and Sizing Summary

Present: Lessons Learned

Work on A2

9

Mon

4/6

Discussion: Real world prioritization and testing

Update assignment with feedback

10

Wed

4/8

Assignment 2 Due:

Deliver & present: Roadmap

Present: Lessons learned

Work on A3

11

Mon

4/13

Discussion: Strategy Brief, The Effective Designer

Work on A3

12

Wed

4/15

Guest Speaker.

Work on A3.

Blog post

13

Mon

4/20

Guest Speaker.

Business metrics, success criteria, measuring success

Work on A3

Work on A3

14

Wed

4/22

Feedback and work session

Work on A3

15

Mon

4/27

Assignment 3 Due:

Deliver & present: Strategy Brief & Critique

Discussion: Lessons learned

16

Wed

4/29

Reflection & Synthesis

Celebrate and sleep!