Managing Expectations

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Dear Students,

You’ve just made a commitment to spend well over 36 hours of your life with us. I want to ensure that you get your money’s worth throughout this course so here’s how you will be able to get the most value out of your hours here.

  • Come prepared to each class on-time. I get it – it is 9:30 AM on a Saturday and there are train delays. But know that if you come late and miss the content that the instructors review – you are doing yourself a disservice because you miss out on content that can be used in your interviews
  • Come to class motivated. This course is not an easy course. You have to apply consistently and at volume. This structured class environment is designed to give you the support to apply and get interviews. If you don’t show up motivated to learn and to work, its best you don’t show up at all.
  • View every class through the lens of an interview setting. Constantly think – what is the interview question that I can answer? What is the story that I can tell with this information?

Here is what I wish someone told me before, during, and after I took a product management course back in December 2016:

  1. Leverage the background that the instructor has to answer questions through specific case studies and stories about working with different stakeholders. Product Management is about stakeholder management and prioritization. When you’re making the transition into this space, you need to learn the context of how PMs work. Write down the specific stories that the instructors tell you, so that you can use those as a reference for your interviews.
  2. Create your own interview questions based off of what you learn in class. Maybe there’s an obscure acronym that the instructor used in class. Or maybe there was a list of steps that they detailed. Ask the 5 Why’s and use it as an interview question to prep yourself with during the interview process and make sure to ask those questions during the Q&A portion of your interview.
  3. “Product Manage” yourself. Treat yourself as the product and ‘iterate’. What did you learn this week that you can use to hone your personal pitch and background? How can you sound, think, and act more like a PM with this information?

At the end of the day, this course is designed to give you the tools to think, act, and sound like a PM so you can do so during the interviews.

Thank You,  

Cody Chang