Why complete a product management boot camp?
Master how to manage an entire product experience — not just a feature set — using popular frameworks and tools.
Access free professional resources throughout your career and gain access to a network of employers.
Earn a certificate of completion from a recognized university.
Gain access to a network of 250+ employers looking to hire.
Explore online product management boot camp programs
What does a product manager do?
Meaningful products and tools solve problems for customers. Product managers are responsible for identifying a potential product’s audience, rallying a team to share their product vision, and successfully managing the product’s entire lifecycle. By combining technical skills with leadership expertise, product managers ensure new innovations are brought to life.
As a product manager you will:
Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, from developers to executives.
Create Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).
Craft and present product narratives using data visualization tools.
Define your target audience using tools like persona and value proposition canvas.
Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and track them across the product life cycle.
Plan and execute an agile product sprint.
Present a compelling product roadmap.
Use product analytics tools to make data-driven product decisions.
Admission requirements for a product management boot camp
Our online product management boot camp requires:
A high school diploma
A submission form
A conversation with admissions
A complete application
A problem-solving assessment (no prior product management knowledge is required)
A financial options, deposit, and enrollment agreement
What alumni are saying
— Edemanwan E., The Product Management Boot Camp at Texas McCombs, University of Texas at Austin alum
“Career Services gave me the knowledge I needed to have confidence in my product journey. That confidence translated into my interviews, which is how I was able to get my dream job not long after completing my boot camp."
What is taught in a product management class?
Our virtual product management boot camp courses cover a wide range of technical and interpersonal methodologies such as customer segmentation, workflow management, and product roadmapping. The combination of these hard and soft skills ensures that you will not only make important data-based decisions, but also know how to communicate why they are in the best interest of the product.
The product management boot camp curriculum
Our boot camp program curriculum dives deep into a variety of product management and leadership topics designed to help you effectively lead diverse product initiatives. Below is a complete list of the skills and strategies you will cover.
Module 1: Adopt a product mindset
Gain a baseline understanding of product management fundamentals. You will learn:
Product manager responsibilities
Value mapping across the whole product experience
Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Module 2: Solve customer problems
Learn how to identify customer problems worth solving. You will learn:
Proto-personas and personas
Business Model Canvas
Value Proposition Canvas
Module 3: Influence without authority
Learn to lead cross-functionally and build excitement around your product vision. You will learn:
Cross-functional facilitation techniques
Module 4: Work the agile way
Understand the most common agile methodologies and how to apply them. You will learn:
Agile vs. waterfall
Scrum and Kanban
Agile fundamentals with Jira
Module 5: Prioritize like a pro
Learn to prioritize the right work for the right reasons. You will learn:
Prioritization methods (ICE scoring, weighted scoring, Kano Model)
Module 6: Roadmaps, backlogs, and sprints
Roadmaps and backlogs are two of the most important ways to organize and communicate your work, while sprints are how you get the work done. Learn how you can use them to define where a product is going and how it’s going to get there. You will learn:
Product vision statements
Themes, epics, and user stories
User story mapping
Strategic planning and communications
Sprint planning and execution
Module 7: Rapid prototyping
Reduce risk and maximize speed of innovation by developing and testing wireframes and prototypes. You will learn:
Module 8: Assess and improve product health (part I)
Learn to define the metrics that matter to your business, and make data-driven decisions using industry tools and techniques. You will learn:
OKRs and KPIs
Qualitative vs. quantitative user data
Module 9: Assess and improve product health (part II)
Dive deeper into product analytics tools, strategies, and techniques. You will learn:
Funnel and cohort analysis
Module 10: Test and iterate to win
Identify opportunities to experiment, learn from data, and make better decisions. You will learn:
Forming testable hypotheses
Experimentation strategies and analysis (A/B testing)
Module 11: Manage data with SQL
Use this sought-after skill to retrieve data directly from a database. You will learn:
Module 12: Turn data into insights
Create visualizations and craft compelling product narratives for stakeholders. You will learn:
Principles of data visualization design
Storytelling techniques with data
Module 13: Capturing the customer experience
Synthesize customer feedback from multiple channels to elevate your product. You will learn:
Net Promoter Score (NPS) essentials
Metrics such as Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT)
Voice of the Customer (VOC) programs
What are the highest paying product management jobs?
Salaries within the product management field can depend on the company, job setting, or location as well as the industry, level of experience, and scale of the products that are being managed. According to the Burning Glass Labor Insight, the median pay for product managers is $102,454 per year in the US, with over 200k job postings in the last 12 months and a projected growth of 11.6% in the next ten years.Footnote 1 Depending on past experience, those who complete our program will be qualified for a range of roles, including:
Associate Product Manager
Product Operations Manager
Senior Product Manager
How to become a product manager online
Product managers need to be able to align team goals with stakeholder needs, and oversee the implementation of a product from beginning to end. Through our online boot camp, you will develop the management and communication skills needed to become an efficient product manager. The skills you will gain include:
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Frequently asked questions
In an edX product management boot camp you develop in-demand product management skills like market analysis, value proposition creation, roadmap development, rapid prototyping, SQL, and data visualization. You also add key leadership and communication skills to your resume that could be applied to a wider range of roles throughout your career.
Project managers are typically tasked with helping an internal team accomplish a given project while meeting certain budgets and time constraints, and in accordance with a stakeholder's needs. Product managers are in charge of overseeing the continued success of a product or service and ensuring the quality of customer interaction.
Through the product management boot camp you’ll come across subjects that include communications, data collection, management, marketing, public relations, and statistical analysis. All of these subjects are key to building a strong foundation for product management and will help you successfully lead cross-functional teams.
In order to best support your unique career goals, our 18-week product management boot camp is designed to increase your hireability through a range of career and professional resources. The resources we offer include resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn support; interview coaching; and access to a network of 250+ employers who are looking to hire.
Our product management boot camp gives you the flexibility to invest in your education and skill set without putting your career on hold.Unlike a full-time degree program, our boot camp allows you to leverage new product management expertise in your role in real time as well as strengthen your resume for your next career journey.
Product management boot camp tuition varies depending on the program, and on your chosen length of study. Ask your admissions representative for tuition and funding options. Interest-free payment plans are available.
Yes! A number of our university partners are offering a 20% discount on product management boot camps to verified active military service members, reservists and veterans. Learn more on this page dedicated to military learners.