Columbia Engineering Product Management Boot Camp

Classes begin quarterly

Become a Product Manager in 18 Weeks

Product management is an organizational function that guides every step of a product’s lifecycle: from development, to positioning and pricing, by focusing on the product and its customers first and foremost (Atlassian Agile Coach). Its multidisciplinary responsibilities make it attractive to some of the most ambitious and creative problem solvers across industries.

Columbia Engineering Product Management Boot Camp is designed to help you launch or accelerate a career in Product through a hands-on, 18-week curriculum. Through engaging online classes and real-world applications, you’ll gain experience building products like the pros.

  • Master how to manage an entire product experience — not just a feature set — using popular frameworks and tools.
  • Develop in-demand product management skills by completing real-world projects that include product roadmapping, sprint planning and execution, epic and user story creation, feature prioritization, product analytics, A/B testing, and SQL.
  • Study part-time through an innovative online format, combining engaging content to work through on your own schedule and interactive live classes with expert instructors.
  • Complete the boot camp with a robust portfolio of projects that demonstrate your working knowledge and product management skills.

Hands-On Product Management Experience

Over the course of 18 weeks, you will gain in-demand product management skills like market analysis, value proposition creation, roadmap development, rapid prototyping, SQL, and data visualization through a unique, blended experience of weekly, flexible content and live virtual classes led by instructors in the field.

Develop the Essentials

  • Cross-functional leadership
  • Market analysis and segmentation
  • Persona development
  • Business model development
  • Value proposition definition
  • Agile project management

Set Yourself Apart

  • Design thinking
  • Rapid prototyping
  • SQL
  • Insight mining
  • Data visualization
  • Tableau

    Deliver Great Products

    • Roadmap development
    • Backlog management
    • Epic and user story creation
    • Feature prioritization
    • Sprint planning and execution
    • Product Life Cycle management
    • Customer insight analysis
    • OKR and KPI definition
    • Funnel and cohort analysis
    • Data analysis
    • Product optimization
    • Hypothesis formation
    • A/B testing
      * Note: These topics are subject to change based on local market demand and the input of our hiring partners.

      By the boot camp’s end, you can expect to be able to:

      • Define your target audience using tools like personas and value proposition canvas
      • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, from developers to executives
      • Write effective user stories with detailed acceptance criteria
      • Plan and execute an agile product sprint
      • Write SQL queries to pull usage data from product databases
      • Use product analytics tools to make data-driven product decisions
      • Build wireframes and prototypes using in-demand industry tools
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      » Is this boot camp for you?

      Whether you’re trying to accelerate your career in product or looking to break into product management, this boot camp is a fit for you if you are a:

      • Engineer or developer who wants to manage a product’s entire lifecycle
      • Researcher or designer who wants to prioritize problems to solve, not just uncover them
      • Operations or project manager who wants to decide what to build, not just how to do it
      • Product manager who wants to take their career and credibility to the next level

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The product management boot camp is held online through a blend of virtual classes and engaging online content. Call us at (646) 870-1598 for more information on how to apply.

      Admission to Columbia University is not a requirement for enrollment in the Product Management Boot Camp.

      No product management experience is required, however, it is recommended that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree or have at least two years of professional experience.

      Part-Time Product Management Class Schedule

      • 18-week class
      • Two instructor-led virtual class days per week and engaging coursework and challenges to work through on your own schedule

      Currently Enrolling:

      Coding Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: December 2, 2021
      • Full-Time: October 4, 2021

      Data Analytics Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: October 7, 2021

      UX/UI Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: November 29, 2021

      Cybersecurity Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: November 8, 2021

      FinTech Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: December 8, 2021

      Digital Marketing Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: December 13, 2021

      Tech Project Mgmt Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: October 18, 2021

      Product Management Boot Camp:

      • Part-Time: October 20, 2021

      Product Management Curriculum

      Product Management has quickly become one of the hottest, fastest-growing jobs in the economy. Its multidisciplinary responsibilities make it attractive to some of the most ambitious and creative problem solvers across industries, but the path to landing the prestigious role is often misunderstood. Our curriculum teaches you how to apply what you’ve learned in order to solve real-world data projects.

      Part-Time Product Management

      Adopt a product mindset


      Description:

      Product management is built on key principles. To be successful in any product role, you need to understand the product mindset and most importantly, adopt one.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Product roles
      • Product mindset
      • Whole product concept
      • Business and product goals

      Solve customer problems


      Description:

      Successful products solve meaningful problems for customers. Before you can think about what to build or how to build it, you must uncover who you’re doing it for and why it’s worth doing in the first place.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Customer segmentation
      • Proto-personas and personas
      • Business Model Canvas
      • Value Proposition Canvas

      Influence without authority


      Description:

      Product managers often have to lead multiple teams without direct authority. It’s essential that you master the art of persuasion and rally others to share in your product vision.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Product stakeholders
      • Communication strategies
      • Cross-functional facilitation

      Work the Agile way


      Description:

      Agile methodologies are the gold standard for technology products. You need to understand what the most common agile methodologies are and know how to apply them.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Agile manifesto
      • Agile vs. waterfall
      • Scrum and Kanban
      • Agile processes

      Prioritize like a pro


      Description:

      One of the most important, yet hardest, aspects of product management is prioritization. There will always be more ideas than resources, and it’s your job as a product manager to prioritize the right work for the right reasons.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Prioritization overview
      • Prioritization methods: ICE scoring, weighted scoring, Kano Model
      • Evaluating methods

      Build roadmaps and backlogs


      Description:

      Roadmaps and backlogs are two of the most important ways to organize and communicate your work. Together, they prepare you to define where a product is going and how it’s going to get there.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Product vision statements
      • Themes, epics, and user stories
      • Work types (ex: tech debt)
      • Outcomes vs. outputs
      • Strategic planning and comms.
      • Workflow management

      Plan and execute sprints


      Description:

      Sprints are where the work gets done. Set yourself apart as a product manager who understands how sprints are managed and has real-world experience doing it — from facilitating planning sessions to running retrospectives.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Product owner role
      • Sprint planning and execution
      • Unexpected or unplanned work

      Assess and improve product health


      Description:

      If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. The best product managers define metrics that matter to the business and make data-driven decisions using industry tools and techniques.

      What You Will Learn:

      • OKRs and KPIs
      • The product life cycle
      • Qualitative vs. quantitative data
      • Funnel and cohort analysis
      • Optimization strategies
      • Product analytics tools

      Test and iterate to win


      Description:

      Seemingly small decisions can be the difference between a good and a great product. Experimentation empowers you to make decisions with confidence, not guesswork.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Forming testable hypotheses
      • A/B testing

      Bring your vision to life


      Description:

      Bring your vision to life with wireframes and prototypes. If you can show a concept to potential customers before you invest in building it, you’ll reduce risk and maximize speed of innovation.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Wireframes
      • Rapid prototyping
      • Design sprints

      Manage data with SQL


      Description:

      SQL is one of the most sought after skills by employers. Knowing how to retrieve data directly from a database will save you and your engineers valuable time — especially at startups, where everyone wears multiple “hats.”

      What You Will Learn:

      • Relational databases
      • Data structures
      • Writing SQL queries
      • SQL vs NoSQL

      Turn data into insights


      Description:

      Data has the power to persuade. While databases help you amass the data you need, visualization tools like Tableau equip you to craft and share compelling product narratives.

      What You Will Learn:

      • Voice of the customer
      • Insights mining techniques
      • Data sources and cleaning
      • Worksheets and dashboards
      • Visualization types
      • Storytelling techniques

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