Product School is an Education Company that offers courses and workshops on one of the most relevant skills of technology companies in the 21st century: Product Management.
All classes are compatible with a regular work schedule and the campus is conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco. This is not your traditional lecture class! Expect a healthy mix of group work, hackathons, one-on-ones with mentors, and a hands-on experience building your own digital product from end to end.
The instructors are professionals with real-world experience working at renowned tech Companies like Google and LinkedIn, and other technology startups.
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I attended the Saturday cohort in NYC from October to December 2016. While I really enjoyed being with a great set of peers, I felt some parts of the curriculum were lacking and not in-depth enough. The lecture slides are also not exactly pleasing to the eye sometimes and can come off as tacky.
Thankfully, I had a brilliant instructor who was very down to earth and was able to relate all of the lectures back to his personal experiences as a product manager. He was very real and straightforward when it came to feedback and advice which I can really appreciate.
What I feel good paying 3K for was the people I was surrounded with who all had interesting backgrounds and a desire to work more in product and also my instructor whose personal anecdotes and knowledge were far more valuable than what the curriculum had to offer. As usual, it really comes down to the people.
If there was a way to just get in a room with my instructor spewing out all he knows with some cool people surrounding me, I probably would have paid for that versus what he was paid to teach formally.
I was a student at Product School NYC during the summer of 2016. I learned a ton, and not only from the instructor but from the other students as well as the guests that were brought in to help teach, share their experiences, and provide feedback on our projects/resumes/etc.
I would highly recommend Product School to anyone who has at least a couple years of work experience, but has never worked directly in a product management role. My classmates came from all backgrounds, but everyone had relevant work/professional/life experiences that give them a different perspective on the PM role.
The course provided an overview of every aspect of a software PM's job, and introduced me to the tasks, the terminology, the software that a PM needs to be familiar with.
I found out about Product School through one of my mentors. After doing quite a bit of research, analyzing the curriculum, attending a meetup hosted by PS, and reaching out to the CEO, I came to the conclusion that this was he right program for me. I applied and very soon got an interview over the phone. The phone interview was to see if I as a right fit for the program; despite being younger than most of the program applicants, my experience and my future goals aligned very well with the curriculum and program mission. My goal in attending Product School was to apply a methodology to the product I am building as well as be prepared for any future career opportunities or endevours. Product School went beyond my expectations. In my opinion, the price of the program is far below its actual value.
I attended the Saturday cohort taught by Ben Shanken, Product Manager at Lyft. Ben is an amazing instructor with amazing talent and evident passion for product. I now consider Ben one of my great mentors and hope to continue learning from him. Ben related the Product School curriculum to all of his past product experience. This is where Product School excels above their competitors - relating methodology to actual real life product management; theory is nice, but when you introduce people, teams, and unique problems, this is where theory falls apart. I learned more from Ben’s experiences than I have ever learned in all the PM books I have read. Thanks to Ben and the PS team I feel a lot more confident in tackling real company problems in the future.
Throughout the program I was also able to learn from Carlos, the CEO. I also joined in on a few courses of the week cohort. This allowed me to meet different product managers with different backgrounds and unique experiences. The Slack community of product managers is also available to me and one that I will continue to tap into for support, knowledge, and mentorship. I am big on having mentors and PS has expanded my network of mentors tremendously.
The curriculum covered everything from customer interviews, to metrics, to thigs like public speaking and team communication. It re-inforced a lot of the things I have read on my own and taught me some new tools and techniques to apply to my product carreer. Product Management methodology is so new and it is such a niche carreer that it is sometimes vey difficult to find all of the information you need all in one place - PS succeeds at this too. The past few years I have done Product Management for several companies without the title or standarized methodology, PS helped me consolidate my experiences in order to advance my carreer opportunities. I now feel extremely confident of my skills as a PM thanks to Ben and the PS curriculum.
Overall, Product School has been an amazing and very rewarding experience. My classmates are now people I can reach out to for support. I will forever be thankful for the program, curriculum, staff, and mentors; I highly recommend the program for anyone wanting to begin or accelerate their product management journey.
I took the Product School class in New York, taught by Rayyan. Each week, we tackled a different aspect of product management, from scrum/working with developers to product marketing. The discussions were engaging, and I met a lot of great classmates. For me, the best part of the class was learning about common tools product managers use (Marvel, Sketch, etc.) and then using them in my course project. Pretty cool!
The team at Product School puts on great extracurricular events and has a strong network in NYC that you become a part of after you complete the program.
Product School is a great concept but badly implemented. While the overall curriculum was quite easy to grasp, technical aspects were very poor. My cohort in Santa Clara was not given any opportunity to attend Wednesday meetup sessions since our classes were changed last minute from Tues - Thurs to Mon - Wed, nor were we told about Balsamiq login options in class. The instructor Greg was very wordy and had poor technical experience since he comes from filmmaking background and gave very poor feedback on presentations. His own presentations were not very inspiring. Product School needs to include technical UX sessions as well as more cases. The only case we used was Udemy which was not of much help, especially for technical software product managers. Most of my classmates have had no luck finding jobs after the course. Another very unethical move by Product School is that they offer Accredible certificates which can be linked on LinkedIn, if you provide positive reviews on social media.
Product School is not only for people who want to transition to be Product Managers, but also for experienced product manager to reinforce their skill sets and advance their careers.
I signed up for the Summer weekend cohort started in mid-June 2016 in its new Silicon Valley location. The reason I signed up for Product School was to learn the latest tools and skills for a Product Manager. I have been in Product Management in the past 5-6 years in an enterprise cloud company. I had taken Pragmatic Marketing many years ago; but that's more focus on outbound PM skill set. And I wanted to focus more on product design as a product manager. That's why I like the curriculum of Product School to complement what I already learned.
My instructor, Alok, was very knowledgeable about the consumer and enterprise software space as a PM. He was very supportive and helpful throughout the class. The material and the exercise were very good and useful. I think the money was well spent on this class and I highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to be Product Managers.
I highly recommend Product School to those interested in furthering their product management skills. Product School will provide you with a solid foundation in product management within 8 weeks. Like others have said, the course is demanding, and you get out of it what you put into it.
I attended the evening course in San Francisco. My class was professionally diverse, consisting of current product managers and those aspiring to be one (like me). The class size was small, interactive, and collaborative. The course materials are excellent and our amazing instructor (Michael Rosenthal) shared his real-world experiences and molded to course to the requests and experience levels of the class. The classes consisted of a balance of lecture and practical exercises, combined with project-based homework.
In addition to being there for you during the course, Product School, my instructor, and my classmates have kept in touch to provide support and encouragement since completion. Also, students receive free, lifetime access to a wide variety of Udemy courses, Product School and class-specific Slack channels, and Product School’s weekly seminars.
In writing this review, I hope people leave with not only a better understanding of the product management landscape, but also discover how effective Product School is at setting up their students for success in a product management role.
I joined Product School's weekday cohort under the tutelage of Greg and haven't looked back since. My product management journey began when I co-founded my company and built our mobile app so I started off knowing a few things about building products. However, it wasn't until I went through my first week with Greg did I realize that Product School could be the game-changer I needed to successfully begin my career in product management.
The on-boarding process was very professional and personable. Jake, the campus director was always there to answer questions, provide updates, and in general guide me through the process. The next step was to have a 1-to-1 with the CEO so that he could have some face-time to determine whether or not I'd be a good fit. Everything went seamlessly and I couldn't be happier with the process. There were a few changes in instructors for the cohort I chose due to scheduling problems but it was completely understandable because these instructors do have full-time jobs and things tend to just pop-up sporadically. In the end, I'm glad things happened the way they did because I couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
Greg knew exactly what he wanted out of each class and from each student. He took the curriculum and personalized it with his own experiences and thoughts. Product School provides a great blend of the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge that product managers need on the job. However, what really sold me was their use of hands-on activities, group work, and projects. We were assigned a final project to build a new product or product feature, and our homework every week accumulated into the necessary steps to develop our final project presentation. I thought this was a great way for us to commit to the program and allow us to manage our project well. Throughout the entire course, Greg was always there not only for questions and advice about our in-class work, but also for networking and interview help outside of class. He connected us with recruiters, gave us tips about approaching other product managers, and helped immensely with interview prep all throughout the course. All in all, I'd have to say that Product School does a great job of finding extremely talented, intelligent, and passionate instructors that genuinely want to see you succeed.
Another great aspect of Product School is their ability to diversify. As a product manager, you'll most likely have to work with engineers, designers, other PM's, etc. My cohort was great because I got to work with professionals of all backgrounds. The diversity provided many perspectives and insights that ultimately created a great environment for us to learn as aspiring product managers.
With all this being said, product management is a very difficult and competitive career to jump into without any prior experience. I won't guarantee that Product School will get you a role instantly upon graduation. What I can say 100% confidently is that Product School will set you up in the best way possible with the technical skills, network, and confidence to succeed as a product manager. Product School truly seems to care for each of their cohorts and it's shown by their ability to foster an ongoing community, their numerous weekly meet-ups/networking events, Jake's follow-up e-mails, and their numerous resources such as their newsletter, and free courses to help sharpen skill-sets and best practices. I can guarantee you that I don't regret my decision of joining and graduating from Product School.
Let me tell you about the time I went to Product School... I signed up for the weekend cohort that started July 9, 2016 on the San Francisco campus.
I doubted between the weekday cohort and the weekend cohort for a while, but finally decided on the weekend cohort for 2 reasons:
1. the better mix of backgrounds of co-students
2. the resume of the instructor (Josh Anon)
Now, I am transitioning from a Project Management background to a Product Manager role and was looking for a structured and hands-on way of learning a framework for Product Management. Because I was already doing PM work in my current role, but realized I was not reaching my full potential and that there had to be a better way. And I didn't get disappointed.
Our instructor (Josh Anon) is absolute GOLD when it comes to teaching Product Management. He has a long track record with big name companies, and applies everything he's learned along the way (especially at Pixar), which shines through in his teaching methods.
Josh has completely overhauled/updated the curriculum and used our cohort to beta-test it. Now the curriculum has a better structure and is more cohesive, and as a result it sticks better. For homework you'll read chapters of his soon to be published book "Product Book: How To Be An Awesome Product Manager" as a preparation for class. The lecture materials are very cohesive and consistent with the learnings from the book. I really enjoyed reading the book (it's an easy read), and will read it again soon.
In every class there will be exercises where you apply what you've learned in a group assignment, which really helps to make it 'stick'. AND, this is a great way to get to know your classmates better too. (I would recommend the weekend cohort from a networking perspective too, since you get to spend a 1 hour lunch with your classmates every Saturday).
And you'll work on a Final Project during the first 6 weeks, wherein you go through the entire life-cycle of Product Management, right from distinguishing your customers/personas to creating the best product/market fit, determining the MVP and your launch plan.
Now, I know, a lot of people are saying you can probably learn most of this by searching the internet and reading everything available. And I am sure you can... But do you really want to spend that much time scavenging the internet and just reading (and taking for truth) whatever you can find? And how much do you think will actually stick if you read it without any structure? And are you really going to apply all that knowledge to a real product to really experience the whole process?
I really wanted to learn in an efficient and structured way and believe Product School (and their instructor Josh Anon) has delivered on that. Besides that, the instructor is highly available for any questions or help you need throughout the course and even afterwards. And the instructors will share personal experiences when using examples or to elaborate on any questions the class asks them, which helps you learn too. And I really connected with some of my classmates and we'll try to meet up on a regular basis for drinks or dinner and exchange experiences and learnings.
So, for me it was money well spent and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to transition into Product Management or wants to learn a structured framework. I do agree that it would be even more awesome if they would go more in-depth into certain topics (i.e. User Research), but that is not feasible within this time-frame and I believe that at most companies this work (i.e. User Research) will be done by experts anyway, so you can learn that from them in your next PM role.
Whether you're a rookie in the tech scene or a seasoned veteran, if you want to get a jumpstart into product management then Product School is for you!
The role of a Product Manager varies from company to company, and even though many of us work with them on a day to day basis, there's still a lot left on the table for understanding what value they bring to the product/organization. My Product School instructor did an amazing job to explain the role of a Product Manager, what tools he/she can use to make decisions, and how they become the perfect advocate for the customer. The lesson plan was maximized to cover the key concepts in 8 weeks time, and homework was given to reinforce the teaching.
Product School does a great job at selecting the best candidates. I am still in touch with all of my classmates, and we are all supporting each other on our paths to become a Product Manager.
Now, this program doesn't guarantee you'll be a Product Manager the second you graduate. Product School is all about providing students with the fundamentals they'll need to begin their product management journey. If you put enough time and effort into fully understanding the teachings, and continue on your education path post-Product School, then you'll walk into your interviews with a major advantage over the competition.
It's been 4 weeks since I completed Product School, and I am getting calls back from companies. It's only a matter of time before my education pays off!
I enrolled in The Product School in July 2016 for an 8-week course on Product Development. I started the course with some apprehension because of my lack of software skills. It was relatively a small class size of 12-14 very diverse students from all walks of life. As the classes progressed, I was overwhelmed by new concepts and terminology- MVP, UX, frameworks, personas. I decided to speak to my instructor, Adam S about my difficulties/limitations. Adam was very helpful and encouraged me to keep coming to classes, ask questions, read books & articles online. He was always ready to answer any questions or concerns I had, and that was what did it for me! The weekly assignments culminated in a final project that turned out to be a good learning experience. The last two classes were devoted to speaking with product managers from various fields, getting resume feedback and answering questions. Overall a good “crash course” I recommend to anyone interested in Product Development.
Product School, like any continuing education course, is a significant investment. The return truly depends on the work you're willing to do.
- Small class size
- Professional instructors who take time to get to know you. JP Park was indispensable to my experience with the program.
- Learn how to "speak the language" necessary to be a working product manager while solving real-world case studies
- Students are more experienced in their career and there's a lot of diversity despite the small size
- Students are vetted by Product School staff, there's a bigger emphasis on "fit" when compared to their competitors
- Lifetime access to expensive online courses on Udemy
Opportunities to improve
- 4 out of 16 classes are focused on job prep/ interviewing skills. While that's a stumbling block for some, I was personally more interested in learning about concepts and solving case studies.
I took the class in New York, taught by Adam. I having an engineering background, wanted to learn about product Management. This class is designed to give you a hands on experience about each step in the process.
After each class that is being taught, you get to implement it. You get assignment to implement what you learnt and also at end of each class, you get to work with other students in the class on group project. At the end of the course, you need to do a final project, which require you to use all the things that you learnt from class, assignment and group project.
In the final class you also need to give demo on the project you worked on. You get to meet people from the industry and get feedback on mock interviews and your resume.
Finally, Adam was really a good instructor, he was always available for any questions, and used to spends time after the class to explain the concepts and very approachable.
I had fun, while taking the course.
About a year ago we (my team) decided to create a product that is in the NYC real estate field. Through out the months I had to step up my learning until I realized that I was a product manager for my team. Having done a bit of research to see if I can further uplift my learning curve, I ran into Product school and immediately applied.
If you’d like to learn product management, your search is over. Product School is amazing! The curriculum really walks you through the full product management cycle - from understanding company vision to identifying metrics to implementing design. The best aspect of the curriculum is that it is hands on (not just a bunch of theoretical information anyone can get from booking up a book). You really get to play PM.
I took the June Saturday cohort with JP Park. If you want someone to keep it real, JP is your guy. He provides a lot of inside perspective of the industry that is hard to get. He was also kind enough to take out time from his schedule to meet with everyone to resolve any concerns they were having. He really cares about our success and that is also hard to find in any institution.
At Product School, you’re given the personal attention you need. Even after graduation, the community is there for you to utilize. Do it. :)
Why Product School?
- Hands on experience
- Case-based teaching, Get to brainstorm with real-life experience
- Have an idea? Want to learn how to validate, monetize and ship it? Class-framework is well designed to support this.
- Learn your super-power and see what is needed to pivot to Product Manager role
What it takes and ROI?
- Prep work: Go with an idea, feature enhancement for a company where you are dreaming to kick start your product management career!
- Be committed! The value you get is un-explainable in words!
- About 6-8 hours per week of time commitment for 8 weeks. The time commitment is neglible in comparision of what class delivers. Almost felt like going to a crash course business school.
- Teachning professionals are strong Product Leaders from well known industries. They are very committed to your success you get from the class, up-leveling your skills, great mentorship!
- Grear networking and learn from experience within a short period of time.
I attended the weekend cohort from Jun, 2016 to Aug, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA. The instructor was a former PM director from salesforce. I think the learning experience was definitely fun and rewarding. Before the program, I know something about PM but not confident enough to go for a PM job. Now I am confident and ready to go for it.
The course materials (slides, handouts, and in-class group projects) are all provided by product school. The contents cover very practical information and skills for PM jobs, starting from the very basics. The slides are well designed and easy to understand. The in-class activities are also very interesting practices to do what PMs do.
The instructor is fantastic, very approachable and knowledgable. I appreciate it very much that he actually spent a lot of time helping students with resumes and projects. His teaching is also entertaining and engaging.
I'd highly recommend this course for people with limited time and limited PM background. For people who are already PMs, you probably wouldn't benefit as much.
Product School was an amazing experience. I took the 6 hour Saturday session in NYC, and it was reassuring to see all the other aspiring product managers looking to break into the industry. Everyone came from different points in their career, different walks of life, and different industries.
I just completed the weeknight course at the NYC campus. It was a great learning experience and a good "crash course" in practical skills and methologies used by product managers.
- Learned a lot on product management
- Class work was immersive and hands on
- The weekly assignments leading up to the Final Presentation was very helpful in learning the process of how a real PM works through each phase of creating/enhancing a product
- Instructor was very supportive and made himself available to answer questions
- Access to workshops and continuing network of PMs
- I thought there would be some kind of "career fair" where students get to meet potential employers at the end of the course, but there wasn't any
- Class work could be a more productive experience if the instructor demonstrates an example of the goal first. Otherwise often we spent a big chunk of the allotted time just figuring out what the assignment wanted from us.
Overall a very worthwhile experience.
This is an amazing start for anyone looking to transition into Product Management from any other domain. This course is well thought out and is more about being collaborative/interactive with a lot of talking/discussions rather than the generic lectures. You will get to meet a lot of amazing people. By the end of this course you will be confident enough to apply for a product manager's job.
I attended the Product Management course in Product School -New York Campus. The best thing about this course is all the awesome connections you get, from experienced Product Managers to students from various backgrounds who take the class with you. The course was very informative is teaching what Product Management was all about and giving directions to the tools and skills you need to get that PM break. I am glad I took this course. I will highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to transition to Product Management.
I recently finished my course at Product School and it was a very enriching learning experience for me. The combination of experienced faculty members (Working Product Managers) and enthusiastic peers makes learning a lot more fun. The curriculum provides you a well rounded knowledge of both theoretical and hand-on knowledge.
You have to finish a project by the end of 8 weeks of course, wherein you go through the entire lifecycle of Product Management right from distinguishing your customers to creating the best-fit product for them.
Overall a great experience.
I had a wonderful experience in Product School. The program was fun and immersive. I really learned from the experience of going through the class. The best part was working with my classmates. I learned as much from collaborating in class as I did fromt he instructor and curriculum.
-Class work was immersive and hands on.
-Worked on interviewing and soft skills.
-Practiced frameworks to help in product thinking.
-The course goes by incredibly fast and can be overwhelming.
-Some class resources could be better organized.
-No explicit job placement or assistance.
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