Introduction to Software Product Management
This two-week course highlights the importance and role of software product management. It also provides an overview of the specialization, as well as its goals, structure, and expectations. The course explains the value of process, requirements, planning, and monitoring in producing better software. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Relate software product management to better software products
- Recognize the role of a software product manager
- Reflect on how Agile principles will improve your own projects
Software Processes and Agile Practices
This four-week course delves into a variety of processes to structure software development. It also covers the foundations of core Agile practices, such as Extreme Programming and Scrum. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Distinguish between different process models for organizing software production
- Gauge the applicability of process models for a software development project
- Apply the fundamentals of Agile software development practices
Client Needs and Software Requirements
This four-week course covers practical techniques to elicit and express software requirements from client interactions. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Create clear requirements to drive effective software development
- Visualize client needs using low-fidelity prototypes
- Maximize the effectiveness of client interactions
- Adapt to changing product requirements
Agile Planning for Software Products
This four-week course covers the techniques required to break down and map requirements into plans that will ultimately drive software production. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Create effective plans for software development
- Map user requirements to developer tasks
- Assess and plan for project risks
- Apply velocity-driven planning techniques
- Generate work estimates for software products
Reviews & Metrics for Software Improvements
This four-week course covers techniques for monitoring your projects in order to align client needs, project plans, and software production. It focuses on metrics and reviews to track and improve project progress and software quality. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Apply techniques to measure and visualize project progress
- Integrate Agile review practices to increase project visibility
- Reflect on lessons learned in software projects through retrospective exercises
- Improve project and process quality through ongoing measurement
Software Product Management Capstone
In this six-week capstone course, you will gain practical management experience in a safe, simulated software production setting. You will apply agile practices and techniques to conquer industry-inspired challenges. Interacting with a realistic client, you will discern what they want, what they truly need, and express that as software requirements to drive software production. Upon completing the capstone, you will be prepared to advance your career as a confident software product management professional.
What background knowledge is necessary?
You should have a basic knowledge on how software is developed. Programming experience is not required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses. With this in mind the courses Software Processes and Agile Practices and Client Needs and Software Requirements do need to be taken before the remaining courses but both can be selected as your second or third course.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
The first five courses in the Specialization are offered on demand, and may be taken at any time. The Capstone is offered on a regular schedule.