Topic outline

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    The course is designed as an introduction to product management to aspiring founders, to those that have interest in exploring a career in PM, and to those looking to work in growth companies in a role overlapping with product management, such as software development, design, business development or marketing. 

    Learning objectives: The course provides an introduction to the product leadership in software startups / scaleup firms. After the course, student is able to 

    • Identify the domain of product management and how it relates it to design, business development, product development, and other connected domains 
    • Understand how product management - both as a function and as a professional role - contributes to the integration of customer needs, business development, and product development in a growth-oriented technology company
    • Understand how the three key areas (customer, business, development) vary in different business models and at different stages of growth, and how it affects the role of product management
    • Use basic frameworks to structure customer needs, business requirements, and product development
    • Identify and use the key concepts of product management
    • Identify different types of roles and goals of product management in different types of organization and in different stages of organization
    Prerequisites: The course is targeted to MSc-level and advanced BSc-level student with basic familiarity business and management, e.g. BSc-level minor in Industrial Engineering & Management.

    Grading system

    The course is graded on a scale of 0-5. The grading is based on the attendance in lectures and completion of assignments. These award points that count towards a grade.

    • Each lecture equals one point. A lecture is counted as attended if you are either present on the online lecture or view the recording of the lecture afterwards through Panopto. Verifying the attendance (zoom or recording) is based on logs. We do not sum up participation and viewings for one lecture from different sources, so make sure that either one you use, you follow it through.
    • Each assignment equals two points. Each completed assignment, submitted successfully and in time, awards two points. If the initial submission is not of sufficient quality, you'll have until Friday of the same week to revise your submission. The revised submission is evaluated with points 0, 1 or 2, depending on the quality. If you submit late, the maximum points available that week is one (with no possibility to resubmit if failed).

    The points from lectures and assignments count towards a grade. Maximum number of points is 24 and to pass with grade 1, you need 12 points. The grading is based the following scale:

    Grade   Points needed

      1                12-14

      2                15-17

      3                18-20

      4                21-22

      5                23-24

    The Schedule

    The lectures are held on Tuesdays at 10:15-12:00 AM and Fridays on 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. 
    • The schedule for the course can be found below: