Product Manager

Align colleagues around a vision for a digital product and help decide what should get built next.
Product Manager
At your pace
~ 12 months
Personal
mentor
Job guarantee
in 6 months
Master's-level diploma
9 hands-on projects

 

Every digital company has a "product," meaning platforms, services, or functionalities on which they depend. In this path, you'll be even more equipped to live at the intersection of commercial, technical, design and customer needs/psychology fields no matter whichever company you work for.

Product Managers are the people in the company who help define the product vision, prioritize feature requests - and say no to those which do not add the most value - as well as work with a variety of stakeholders to make this vision a reality. They are the voice of the customer throughout product design, development and delivery.

What are my job prospects?

Product managers are actively recruited by many different kinds of companies. You could find a job at a startup that's just getting off the ground or a massive company that operates globally!

By following this path, you could end up in a job with the following salaries:

  • United States
    • Beginner: $60,000 - $80,000
    • More experienced: $80,000 - $200,000+
  • United Kingdom
    • Beginner: £30,000 - £45,000
    • More experienced: £45,000 - £100,000

Who is eligible to enroll?

In order to take this learning path, you must have the following prerequisites: 

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field (engineering, design, online business) or a year of equivalent experience as a Product Manager or Software Engineer, which you can tell us about here (if you would like more information about this, please contact advisors@openclassrooms.com)
  • A good level of English (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80 is recommended)
  • Access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a webcam, and a stable internet connection

To earn the diploma, you’ll need to complete all projects and have them evaluated by your mentors. Your work will then be evaluated by a jury composed of professionals. Follow the courses offered in the path to prepare yourself for the projects. 

What will I learn?

This path prepares you both for the roles of Product Owner and Product Manager

Product Owners coordinate teams developers and keep sprints on track, following agile project management principles. They are also in charge of product releases, iterations and optimizations. Product Managers however need these first two sets of skills as well as two others: product strategy and product research and discovery.

By the end of this path, you'll be able to :

  • Define and share a strategic vision by creating a product roadmap
  • Discover the true needs of your customers and prioritize them in a product backlog
  • Support teams of software engineers in production efforts, sticking to agile project management principles
  • Coordinate the release and optimization efforts of high value product features 

You can also watch our course on Understand the Role of Product Manager if you want to learn more about the nature of the role. 

How will I learn at OpenClassrooms?

Our learning method is unique and revolves around two elements: professional projects and dedicated mentoring sessions.

Projects
At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven because that’s the fastest way to become proficient. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start your new job.  

Want to see an example of a project? Read our blog post here.

Mentorship
During your path, you will be assigned a mentor who will offer one-to-one support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor will offer guidance on your projects, help define objectives and guide you until you reach them. Our mentors are dedicated professionals who are experts in their field and have experience in sharing their know-how with our students.

Your diploma

OpenClassrooms is an official private distance learning establishment registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France that grants its own diplomas as well as those of prestigious academic partners.

Upon completion of your studies and validation of your skills by an academic jury, you will earn a "Web and digital project manager (Manager de Projet Web et Digital)" master's-level diploma, registered with the National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP)*.
This diploma is at level 7 on the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).

If you have questions about its equivalence in order to undertake further study, contact your university or master's program.

* Sheet available at the following address:
https://www.certificationprofessionnelle.fr/recherche/rncp/34394

Your Job Guarantee

At OpenClassrooms we are committed to helping you find your ideal job. We promise.

By following the learning path "Product Manager", you’ll learn an exciting new profession with great career prospects.

What’s more, you’ll find a job within six months of graduating or we’ll give you your money back!

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Detailed projects and skills

project 1

Start your journey as a Product Manager

It's time to step into your new role and find out what it means to be a Product Manager. Take the time to also define your goals and your study schedule in this first project.
Duration30 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Participate in a learning community with other Product Managers
  • Describe the role of a Product Manager
  • Prepare for an interview for a Product Manager position
  • Adopt a lifelong learning mindset
project 2

Deal with an unplanned event in your development sprint

When unexpected events throw a wrench in your plan, learn how to reprioritize your team's sprint deliverables.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Manage the workload of a development team
  • Foster a healthy group dynamic
  • Communicate efficiently with different professional stakeholders
project 3

Deliver a Minimum Viable Product for an Internal Social Network

Partner up with another student to define the scope and features of an app, to ensure smooth and successful development sprints.
Duration100 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Select the appropriate project management methodology
  • Improve team performance through a regular retrospective analysis of sprints
  • Lead team meetings
  • Plan a development sprint
  • Take part in documenting technical specifications
project 4

Inspect a product feature before its release

Time to investigate: test the features of an unpublished version of a website before it goes live. It's up to you to make sure the final product matches the approved wireframes.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Coordinate the live release of a new feature
  • Check a developed feature's functionality against your documented specifications
project 5

Lead the communications strategy of a new feature launch

A change to your product is going live. Develop the right communications strategy around its launch for your users and your colleagues to get on board.
Duration60 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Perform a product demonstration
  • Prepare a support team for product launch
project 6

Improve the landing page of a product

A travel company is expanding to provide tours in Japan, but their landing page has not been performing well. Analyze the data, design tests and build a new wireframe to lead this company to success.
Duration70 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Evaluate the quality of the UX/UI on an interface
  • Monitor qualitative key performance indicators
  • Monitor quantitative key performance indicators
  • Describe the core value proposition of a product
project 7

Create a prototype to test a product idea

Determine if an app idea is viable by building a lean prototype and running it through a full learning cycle.
Duration130 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Determine the needs of different stakeholders
  • Draw conclusions from a lean learning cycle
  • Build an interactive prototype without the need for engineering or development resources
  • Measure the results of an experiment
  • Plan a lean learning cycle to test assumptions
project 8

Determine the feasibility of a mobile version of your product

Recommend the best way forward for product which is now several years old and in need of a revamp. Part of the product is aging and based on old technology. Your mission is to make this overhaul a success by aligning the decision-makers and the team.
Duration120 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Determine the feasibility of a project
  • Document technical specifications
project 9

Build a product roadmap

Help two co-founders of a business - which will probably ring a bell - to restructure their business in order to generate more traffic on the website and increase conversions by developing their product roadmap.
Duration120 hours
Skills acquired in this project
  • Assess a product opportunity through a business case
  • Get buy-in on a roadmap using data
  • Present a product vision throughout an organization
  • Take part in defining the digital strategy of an organization
Diploma
Web and digital project manager (Manager de Projet Web et Digital)

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$500 per month

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  • Six-month job guarantee

  • master's-level diploma

  • Flexible duration

  • Individual mentorship

  • 9 hands-on projects

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