What Is Product Management?


Stanford School of Engineering


What is a product manager? And how do you become one?

This free, thirty-minute course previews Product Management: Transforming Opportunities into Great Products. It will introduce you to the role of product manager and its core principles. You will also meet Anand and JZ, the course instructors, and explore the full course’s goals. In the final section, you will learn more about distinguishing the “problem space” from the “solution space” and why this distinction is crucial for product managers to grasp. 

You will leave with a better understanding of what a product manager does and new tools and frameworks to start you on your journey.

Along the way there are a few optional exercises. These questions are for your benefit only. They won’t be graded, but they give you an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned. Please note: You do not earn a record of completion for completing this course.

What you will learn

  • What a product manager does
  • The evolution of the role of product manager
  • The core principles of product management
  • The crucial concepts of the Problem Space and the Solution Space

Who Should Enroll
This course is not a comprehensive overview of product management but a valuable starting point. It is intended for professionals interested in learning more about the role of product manager.

Please note: Participants do not receive a digital record of completion for this course.

Course Outline
This course is a free, non-credit course.

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Delivery Option:
Online Course Free

Participants do not receive a digital record of completion for this course.

Course Access
60 day access to the online course starts upon enrollment.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page to allow for review.

Course Evaluation:
This course and its exercises are optional. Online participants may complete a course evaluation at the end of the course. Participants do not receive a digital record of completion.

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.