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Types of Product Management Courses or Training

I often get asked where one can find product management courses. Ten years ago there were few options and of those options, they were courses developed in the 1990s and were very outdated.

Types of Product Management Courses or Training

Taking courses and getting trained is one of the best ways to get a product manager job and to increase your salary.

Today one can get their product management training in several ways.

These are the different ways you can get product management training:

Sell study through a book or books
Online
Instructor-led classroom
On the job

Self Study Product Management Training

There are a number of product management books out there and one can see them by doing and simple search for product management books on Amazon.

But few of them are comprehensive by covering the entire product management lifecycle.

As a result, I decided and Wiley agreed to publish my 820 pages Successful Product Design and Management Toolkit. It starts with the fundamentals for product success, then covers product market strategy, marketing, soft skills, product engineering, and product support.

Online Product Management Courses

Another way to learn product management is to do them interactively online. While I can’t verify the quality of any of them, mine consists of a PowerPoint style lecture of slides with voice-overs, examples, pre and post-lecture quizzes and a workbook.

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You can explore my courses that are available here: https://spicecatalyst.com/courses/

Instructor-led Classroom Product Management Training

This is the best way to learn product management in my opinion. Like the able product management courses, I offer them too. You can learn more about them here: https://spicecatalyst.com/workshops/

Outfits like the General Assembly and the Product School have courses in selected cities around the world. However, when I looked at their syllabus a few years ago they tended to treat product market strategy pretty lightly but through in such topics as user interface design in their product management courses.

The advantage of the workbook is if you fill it out and you are looking for a product management job, that workbook could be shown to your hiring manager as a demonstration that you know how to do the job of a product manager.

Alternatively, you could use an in-person or instructor-led classroom product management training like an off-site planning meeting.

David Fradin


David Fradin has trained thousands of managers throughout the world in the successful management of products. With over 47 years of experience across major companies, 75+ products and services and 11 startups, he infuses his workshops with insights gained as an expert product leader, product manager and product marketing manager at companies like Apple and HP. He was classically trained as an HP Product Manager and was then recruited by Apple to bring the first hard disk drive on a PC to market. As a result of his leadership and management skills, Apple promoted him first to Apple /// Group Product Manager and later Business Unit Manager at the same organizational level at that time as Steve Jobs. He recently authored “Building Insanely Great Products: Some Products Fail, Many Succeed…This is their Story” Lessons from 47 years of experience including Hewlett-Packard, Apple, 75 products, and 11 startups later. Go to: Amazon Store Coming soon will be "Organizing and Managing Insanely Great Products" and "Marketing Insanely Great Products." His workshops cover the founding values, vision, product lifecycle and management employed by Apple at its start and which it subscribes to today. You can learn more about his workshops at Spice Catalyst Workshops Soon to be released by Wiley and Sons, in the Early of 2017, is a seven-volume set of university-level textbooks entitled: "Foundations in the Management of Successful Products" covering keys to product success, product market strategy, marketing, soft skills, user experience, user interface, product engineering, and product support. What students will learn in the workshops, online courses and books are cover what has made Apple the most valuable company in the world today. Go to David Fradin @ Youcanbook to schedule a time to talk.

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