Product Management Foundations Remote Training Workshop
Understanding your role as a product manager
NEW Remote Workshop Format
July 2nd & 3rd, 9:00am - 12:30pm BST
In order to continue offering product management training in a safe environment for our attendees and trainers, we have devised a new interactive, remote workshop format taking place as two half-day sessions on July 2nd and 3rd.
At the end of April we ran our first-ever remote workshops. We’ve synthesized the feedback from participants and trainers to ensure we deliver the highest-value training possible going forward.
The Value of a Remote Mind the Product Training
This is what we learned:
Our small class size (no more than 6 participants to a trainer) establishes an open exchange of experiences and ideas from both trainers and participants
The pre-workshop tasks we set help participants engage with the curriculum and get into the learning mindset in advance of the workshop
The remote format allows trainers to facilitate time management seamlessly
The empathetic learning environment our trainers are so skilled at creating translates well to a remote setting
This two half-day workshop is dedicated to product management learning. As with our in-person workshops, you can focus all of your time and energy into two concentrated half-days of product learning with full access to our tried-and-tested curriculums, expert trainers, and a community of product peers.
Each day will run 9:00am - 12:30pm BST (10am - 1:30pm CEST) and will include live online lectures interspersed with regular discussion, Q&As, and group activities to encourage hands-on learning. We’ll use Zoom and other digital collaboration tools.
To keep you energised and engaged, we’ll also run warm-ups and icebreakers, and take regular breaks.
Please note: This workshop is run as two half-day sessions and you must attend both parts
At a Glance:
Duration: 2 Half Days
Who is this for: Working product managers with ~6 months to 1.5 years in the role
Key skills learned: Design thinking practice, customer discovery, user interviews, backlog creation and management, core team communication, confidence building
Frameworks covered: Personas, wireframes & prototypes, interview guides, lean testing, user stories, retrospectives
The role of a product manager is a complicated one, that changes and shifts, depending on the product, team, organisation, and PM themselves. A myriad of skills, at all points of the product development lifecycle, all seem equally important and urgent. As new product managers enter the role, it’s difficult to understand what to focus on first, and how to begin the path towards mastering the skills and craft of product management. How can product managers be assured that they are focusing on the right skills?
Foundations is an overview course that attempts to clarify and define the aspects of the role that a new product manager should tackle first. Focused specifically on core team practice and methods that drive the delivery of value to customers, this course offers overviews and definitions of the theories and mindsets that drive the core elements of the product role. Once certain theories are explored, the course deep-dives into specific skills and processes that allow product managers to effectively run a team dedicated to continuous learning and delivery.
What We’ll Cover
Product Management Foundations is comprised of six modules. Each module includes a lecture component on theory and practice, interspersed with hands-on activities. This ensures that you are afforded an opportunity to apply and work with concepts in a setting that will answer questions and facilitate critical thinking. You can see some of what we cover below.
You will be given access to the first module of the course on the week of the workshop and you’ll need to complete this ahead of July 2nd. This module will cover the following topics:
- Product Mindsets
- Defining product
- The problem landscape
- Breaking down learning mindsets at different points through the product development lifecycle
- Design Thinking
- What design thinking is and why it’s important
- The role of product in design thinking
- Common frameworks and how they link together
- Goals Alignment
- Creating effective goals and aligning the team and organization around them
- OKRs vs. KPIs vs. Metrics
- The difference between business goals and product outcomes
- Hypothesis & Validation
- Designing tests around your assumptions
- The evaluation process
- Lean experiments
- User Interview Guides
- Different types of interview
- Creating interview guides that do not bias or lead the subject
- Using interview guides to ideate, and to validate assumptions
- User Stories & Backlogs
- Epics and stories: the differences between them and how to use them
- Conveying priority to your team
- Translating user needs into product features
- Team Culture & Communication
- “Culture as product”
- What high-performing teams look like and how to create one
- The role of a product manager in a healthy team
Things to reflect on before the workshop
Before your training workshop we ask that you take some time to consider the following questions. The more time you take to consider your current situation, and the issues and challenges you face, the more you’ll gain from your training:
What was your role described to you when you first got started?
What have you learned about product management since taking the job?
How well do you feel you understand your customers?
Do you think you have a healthy team culture?
At the end of the workshop, you will be confident in your understanding of the role of a product manager, including a firm grasp of the concept of design thinking and how it is important. You’ll have a clear understanding of where the customer sits in the product practice, how to define and prioritise your customer personas, and how not to bias your customer research. You’ll return to your role feeling confident in your ability to facilitate a goals conversation, and how to structure hypothesis for lean tests.
Mind the Product Trainers
Every Mind the Product trainer is a working product manager who has worked with multiple products and domains. Your trainer’s product management experience enriches the curriculum by delivering diverse perspectives on best practice in different scenarios. You will hear about the products they have worked on in the past, what went well, what didn’t go so well, and how they tried to make improvements. Our trainers’ main goal is not to provide participants with all of the answers, but help facilitate them in asking the right questions.
Join us online from 8.45 BST (9:45 CEST), to connect calmly and help mitigate accessibility issues
Class will start at 9.00 BST (10.00 CEST) and end at 12.00 BST (13.30 CEST) on each day
There will be multiple breaks throughout each session.
Please make sure you are set-up for the workshop in a comfortable quiet space, with a good internet connection, where you can fully participate and focus.
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