Master your Product Skills
Develop a strategy that impresses
Product strategy is confusing. You may have been tasked with developing your upcoming quarterly strategy but not know where to start. Using the Department of Product’s own strategy canvas, you’ll learn what questions you should be asking in order to uncover the strengths of your business and make your competition irrelevant.
Nothing annoys stakeholders more than simply ignoring every single request. You’ll discover techniques that will help you to confidently say no to stakeholders when it matters most. You’ll learn how to communicate with stakeholders, developers and third parties using advanced negotiation tools so that you have more time to focus on your customers.
Master the 3 essential product skills
Business, technology and design. Many of us excel in 1 of these areas in particular but it’s a rarity for us to excel in all 3. With an engaging blend of live practical exercises and in depth case studies you’ll become more commercially aware, understand the fundamentals of business models and get to grips with important technical concepts which will help you to earn the respect of your engineers
Unlock your creative abilities
Solving problems visually by drawing on a whiteboard can be daunting. Someone passes you a pen and tells you to draw and suddenly your brain tells you you’re not Walt Disney and that you should sit back down. In the live, practical exercises you’ll learn how to become more confident with expressing ideas and solving problems visually so that you can have more effective meetings and describe problems with more confidence.
Product Mastery Program
What you’ll learn
Product market fit
Choosing metrics that matter
Essential business skills
Drawing and diagramming
For product managers who love to learn
All our programs include live classes taught by our program leads which give you the chance to ask questions, clarify problems and clearly understand the principles you’re being taught throughout the program. If you miss a class, you can catch up online later in your dashboard.
Skills, not certificates
Certificates are a little outdated, so we don’t do them. Instead, we focus on skill acquisition. You’ll dive straight into the details through lessons and practical live practical exercises designed to help you acquire new skills which you can put into practice in your role.
Learn beyond the classes
All participants get 1 year access to The Department of Product members area, which includes further learning materials and exercises. Plus you’ll get useful templates including roadmap templates, negotiation tactics and value creation models to put your new skills into practice in your day to day role.
Program dates and information
21st October – 30th November 2019
- Location: Online
- Instructors: Richard Holmes and Jason Leonard
- Fees: $1,250 USD
- Availability: Admissions open now
Our community is proudly for product and technology professionals. To apply to take part in Department of Product programs you must meet the following requirements. All information submitted will be treated in confidence.
- You are a product management or professional in full time employment, self-employed or working on a contract basis.
- You have experience working as a product manager or professional that can be demonstrated through either a portfolio or a LinkedIn profile upon request.
- You have a strong desire and commitment to learning new skills.
- You are over the age of 18
- You have access to a high speed internet connection which can be used to stream video
- You have access to a location you are comfortable learning remotely from
$1,250 USD for Product Mastery Program
Includes full access to the program materials. No hidden extra costs.
- 6 weeks of live classes from our product leaders
- 1 year subscription to the Department of Product members area
- Access to all learning materials
- Access to the Department of Product resource library
- Exclusive supporting material from industry leading product leaders
Who teaches it?
Senior Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
Who should attend?
Become more confident speaking to stakeholders and your engineering teams about your product roadmap. Apply practical skills in your day to day role as a product manager including UX / whiteboard skills, how to conduct experiments that matter and how to develop a unique strategy for your product.
Learn how products are built and what the most useful technical concepts to know are in product management. Speak to your colleagues and stakeholders with more confidence and ask the right questions to ensure you’re building the right product for the audience that wants it.
Senior / Heads of Product
Build a powerful, clear and coherent strategy for your product. Unlock your ability to create and curate product ideas to build and deliver truly creative and innovative products. Strengthen your existing product knowledge and broaden your skillset to include essential business skills, UX and technical depth.
Discover how agile and lean startup principles can transform your organisation and help you make your competition irrelevant. Get a fundamental understanding of technology foundations, product development trends and opportunities to ensure your organisation doesn’t get left behind.
Exclusive members area
All participants get a 1 year membership to Department of Product’s members only content
What previous participants say
“I had multiple email exchanges with Jason before enrolling for the Product Mastery program. He helped me understand the value proposition of the program and how it was different from the other players in the market such as General Assembly. I finally decided to enrol for the program based on my earlier experience with Department of Product’s web-technologies program and my discussions with Jason. The program was action-packed with case studies, real-life scenarios, tools, concepts and practical tips on product management. Both Richard and Jason are passionate about product management and delivered the program with style and enthusiasm. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Product Management.”
Ash P, Product Manager
“I hadn’t heard of the Department of Product before, but I was impressed by the quality of the free content so I decided to give it a try. The best part about the programs they offer is that they are uniquely tailored to the needs of product managers. Too many other courses focus on general technology skills and are often tailored towards engineers; the Department of Product is unique because it focuses on the product community and our unique needs within organisations.”
Imelda Malone, Product Manager
Our programs are different. Here’s why.
|Other training days||Department of Product programs|
|‘Ice breaker’ exercises – horrendous activities designed to lighten the mood.||No ice breakers. We dive straight into the details from the first minute.|
|Long sessions where all you can think about is the next break||2 x concise, 45 minute bursts every class with breaks in between, designed to optimize your learning experience and maximise your human attention span|
|Group activities designed to give the facilitator a break||No forced group activities. Sharp, focused, live online sessions with instant feedback for your specific questions and hands on practical projects.|
|Walls covered in post it notes||A post it note free zone|
|Workshop ended? Goodbye and good luck!||Goodbye? Not so fast! All participants get 1 year’s access to our members area to put your their new skills into practice.|
What people are saying
Our focus on high quality, original content and our ability to distill technical concepts into easy to understand formats continues to impress the global product community.
Frequently asked questions
What can I expect to accomplish by the end of this program?
By the end of this program you will acquire the skills and tools to:
- Develop a clear product strategy and roadmap
- Communicate clearly and assertively with stakeholders
- Motivate your engineering team so that they understand the bigger picture as well as the day to day workload
- Generate and curate product ideas
- Understand technology including: APIs, programming languages and frameworks
- Draw prototypes for rapid testing
- Make your competition irrelevant
How much does it cost?
$1,250 USD. This includes the 6 week program and 1 year's access to our members area including lessons, exercises, practical projects and access to the Department of Product resource library.
Do I need any prior working knowledge?
We would expect you to be a product manager or business professional working in a relevant industry. This program is designed for product managers or similar functions who want to learn about developing successful product strategies, roadmaps and agile product development skills.
How will I learn the skills outlined in the program?
Our programs are taught live online by product instructors, giving you the opportunity to ask questions in real time. Every week, each class will cover a new topic and you’ll be set practical exercises to put into practice the topics you learn.
Do I need to be a product manager?
Whilst our content is tailored to a product management audience this program is open to all managers who think they would benefit from understanding agile product development processes. You might be a product manager, but equally you might be a marketing manager, product marketeer, business analyst, program manager, recruitment consultant or senior executive. If your role requires an understanding of modern product development processes and you’d like to become more confident with product strategy, roadmapping and development this course will help you.