Product Leadership Course

Product Leadership Course

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$2,600

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Become an effective product leader in your career, team, and organisation - sign up for this 4-week interactive course now

About this event

4-WEEK COURSE | REMOTE | PART-TIME

In this course, we’ll focus on the key responsibilities of a product leader: building empowered product teams and working with the organisation to achieve better product outcomes.

Our Product Leadership course is designed to help product leaders create high performing product teams and a strong product culture across their organisation. If you’re looking to level up your product strategy skills and understand how to work with your senior leadership team to achieve exceptional product and business outcomes, then this course is your golden ticket.

We only run this course with four cohorts per year so spaces are limited. All tickets come with one year of MTP Leader membership, both to support the work you do during the 4-week course, and so you can continue the learning for a full year after your course ends.

Course Summary

Four weeks of intensive product leadership learning with your peers, including:

  • Weekly remote classroom sessions (live): Dig into the course curriculum with your trainers and take part in group discussion (3x 4-hour sessions)*
  • Dedicated triage time: You’ll be given dedicated time to look more closely at your key challenges and specific scenarios - you’ll do this as a group with trainer input (1x 4-hour session)
  • Regular self-paced learning: Build on your classroom learning by diving into additional written and video resources in your own time
  • A dedicated cohort discussion space: Share learnings and ask questions of your class and trainers in your dedicated discussion space
  • Weekly out-of-class activities: Ensure the learning sticks with self-reflection activities and take discussion points and tasks back to work to do with your team
  • Weekly events and activities (optional): Complement your learning by taking part in valuable events and activities from the MTP Leader Membership program (1 year of MTP Leader membership is included with your course)

Why attend

During this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to become an inspiring leader and great people manager
  • How to build empowered product teams
  • How to evaluate and coach product managers
  • How to build a strong product culture
  • How to align vision and product strategy
  • How to delegate and think about goal setting
  • How to move from ‘reactive’ to ‘proactive’ leadership
  • How to deal with conflict and dysfunction

At the end of the course, you’ll feel empowered to have difficult conversations across your organisation and to create alignment and autonomy for your teams. You’ll have learned a number of tried and tested tools and canvases to frame priorities, highlight risks, and create alignment inside and outside of the product organisation.

*Session dates and timings

This course takes place over four (half-day) remote sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 8: 9am-1pm EST (2pm-6pm GMT)
  • Tuesday, November 15: 9am-1pm EST (2pm-6pm GMT)
  • Tuesday, November 22: 9am-1pm EST (2pm-6pm GMT)
  • Tuesday, November 29: 9am-1pm EST (2pm-6pm GMT)

Join us online from 8.50am EST (1.50pm GMT), to connect calmly and help mitigate accessibility issues.

Who this course is for

Along with so many challenges product leaders face today, the road to product leadership is not linear or clearly defined within the industry. As a result, we have designed this course to help senior product people from a variety of career paths looking to elevate their product leadership skills.

At this stage in your career, you’ll be tasked with managing other product managers and product teams, you’ll have moved from the single contributor role and the day-to-day product management work, to a role that requires you to help other product people do their work while connecting it with the wider business goals.

Learning at a product leadership level is not about being told what to do, but about opening the discussion around the challenges of the role and learning from the other experiences in the room, both attendees and trainers. With that in mind, this course would also be helpful to those who have been in a product leadership role for a number of years or who have been in other leadership roles but have transitioned into product

Cohort size

The cohorts will be 10-25 participants with two trainers per live session. You will regularly be put into breakout groups or pairs for activities during the live sessions.

What the course covers

Week 1 focuses on you as a product leader. We’ll talk about what product leadership looks like and ways to think about creating focus in the role. We’ll look at various business contexts that may shape your roles and responsibilities and ways to create impact in these contexts. We’ll discuss tools and frameworks to help evaluate and improve your skills, as well as how to work with feedback. We’ll touch on bias and create a lightweight skills improvement plan.

Week 2 focuses on your role within the team. We’ll cover the mindsets which are essential for high performing teams and what’s needed to empower product teams. We’ll talk about structures for teams and organisations, as well as ways to enable psychological safety. We’ll talk about managing product managers and coaching for exceptional performance. Using different tools, we’ll create actions to help support your product teams and product managers.

Week 3 focuses on the role product leaders play within the wider organisation. We’ll look at ways to create a product vision and strategy, and your role in creating strategic alignment. We’ll talk about the ‘toolbox’ leaders can use to effectively manage and improve your process across the product development lifecycle. We’ll close the workshop by creating a prioritised plan that you can take back to the office tomorrow!

Week 4 gives time for wider discussion on specific challenges. We know very well that product leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels as well as facing unique challenges depending on their specific company scenario. The final week will focus on your burning questions and allow for the trainers to customise the time to meet the needs of the class. This might involve covering a topic that is relevant to the group but not specifically covered in the content or digging much deeper into areas that the group wants to dig into.

Please note, in this course we won't cover:

  • Metrics and analytics
  • Managing complex product portfolios
  • Organisational transformation
  • Governance, programme management, budgeting

That said - the final week is designed to address specific challenges within the group. If we find there is a group that would benefit from addressing some of the topics in more detail throughout the course we will dedicate time to these topics in that final session.

Your trainers

All of our trainers are seasoned product managers who've worked with multiple products and domains. Their experience enriches the curriculum by delivering diverse perspectives and examples on best practice in different scenarios. Our trainers’ main goal is not to provide you with all of the answers, but rather to help you ask the right questions.

Our leadership course allows for two trainers in each session. You will most likely have a lead trainer that carries the curriculum through all four weeks and a second trainer that supports each week although this person may vary to give a multitude of experiences and examples to pull from.

How you'll learn

Using Zoom and other digital collaboration tools, you will participate in a series of topics that cover the theories and mindsets driving the core elements of the product leadership role.

Each remote session includes live online lectures interspersed with regular discussion, Q&As, and group activities to encourage hands-on learning. To keep you energised and engaged, expect warm-ups, icebreakers, and regular breaks.

Due to the extended nature of the course, there will also be learning opportunities beyond the live sessions. These might include:

  • Attending live member events
  • Consuming additional learning materials at your own pace
  • Taking part in async discussions with trainers and fellow course participants in our dedicated Q&A space
  • Taking course activities and discussion points back to your day job to get hands-on experience which can then feed back to the group in the next live session (optional but recommended)

About tickets for this event

All tickets for this course come with a year of MTP Leader membership.

Annual members: Existing annual Prioritised and annual MTP Leader members get exclusive discounts on this course. Check your membership dashboard for more info.

Monthly members: If you’re a monthly member and want to upgrade to annual billing to take advantage of member discounts, just email us at membership@mindtheproduct.com and we’ll get you sorted.

Information for ticket holders

How will I get access to my remote sessions and pre-session activities?

  • One week before your first remote session, you will receive an email from us with information about your live session, pre-session activities, and useful resources.
  • Two days before your first live session, you will receive access information for Zoom and Mural (our live workshop tools).

Please note, the above emails will be sent to the email address you registered with. If you do not receive any of the above, please email support@mindtheproduct.com ASAP.

What happens if I book with less than a week to go before the first remote session?

No problem. You will receive the relevant information from us within 24 hours of paying for your place. Please email support@mindtheproduct.com if you do not receive this.

Who do I reach out to if I’m having technical difficulties?

Ten minutes before each of your remote sessions begins, we will gather to allow time for everyone to log in and troubleshoot any technical issues. If you are unable to connect to the platforms, please email support@mindtheproduct.com and we will be on hand to assist you.

How do I access my new membership?

If you’ve purchased a ticket which includes membership, we’ll send you an email invite with an access code and instructions on how to sign up within 3 working days of purchasing your ticket. If you’ve not received this within 3 days then please let us know at support@mindtheproduct.com. Once you’ve activated your membership, you’ll have access to all MTP Leader membership perks - see more info here: www.mindtheproduct.com/membership/leader/

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