Day 1 – #OneWeekPM

I’ve been trying different things to try and equip myself with the necessary skills needed to be a successful product manager for the last couple of months. Recently, I stumbled upon a community of Product Managers that used Slack as a communications tool (think of those old school PHP forums of yonder but built on Slack). The community has multiple chat rooms talking about different topics relating to Product Management. The people who started it were clearly on to something because even with a fee of $25 to access the Slack community, it now boasts over 1400 participants.

Recently, they launched a course called OneWeekPM.

“The One Week PM course will arm you with everything you need to know from: learning the essential fundamentals of product management, creating your own PM project, and finally cracking the process of answering tough PM interview questions. ”

Most product management course that I’ve seen so far cost a whole lot more than $97. I thought I had nothing to lose and signed up. I’m going to try and document as much of the process for me here. It’s a 7 day course (hence the name) but I’m going to give myself at least 14 days to complete it.

Every day I’ll watch about 10-15 minutes of videos, and at the end of that, there will be a simple assignment to let us get our hands dirty.

Today starts off with a simple introduction to the basics of becoming a Product Manager. What does a PM do? What types of skills does a PM need?  How do we identify problems to solve?

For today’s assignment, we were tasked to identify 3-5 different problems that we could work on for the duration of the course. So here’s my list:

  1. The general public doesn’t really understand the implications of the business news and most people who invest, do so based on hunches, and tips, instead of understanding how businesses work (too big a problem to solve in a week?)
  2. When I was doing research for my thesis back in university, I had to read lots of academic papers. Those papers were long and difficult to read because of the way that they were written. Is there a way for us to visually present the data in a fun, easy to read way?
  3. I’ve signed up for free trials that require my credit card, and more often than not, I forget to cancel them and end up being billed even if I did not want to use the product. How can I keep tabs of all these subscriptions that I’ve signed up to easily?
  4. I never ever feel that I am up to date with all the things that I have to read. I have opened countless tabs, telling myself I would read them, I’ve used Pocket to store them, but all that has happened is that I accumulate a whole list of articles and never get round to reading them. How can I fix this?

Let’s see how I go with trying to solve these problems 🙂