How to Become a Technology-Literate Product Manager?
Top 6 free tech courses that will help you land a new job (or keep the existing one)
Recently I spoke with a few Product Managers from my network. They do not have a technical background. And they struggle with many technical terms and concepts.
The Product Manager doesn’t have to be a tech expert, but she has to be a technology-literate person.
Here are the top 6 free tech courses that will help you land a new job (or keep the existing one):
1. SQL by SQLBolt
Quickly learn SQL in your browser using a set of interactive lessons and exercises.
Completing this course will help you understand:
What are relational databases
How to write SQL queries
How to filter and sort data
How to use aggregates
How to manipulate database rows
Time: 4-8 hours (18 lessons)
2. Programming for Everybody by the University of Michigan
This course will help you understand basic concepts.
Write your first application in Python
Understand the basics of Python
Use variables to store, retrieve and calculate data
Utilize functions and loops
Time: 19 hours
3. HTML5 & CSS3
Everything you need to know about two pillars of web apps: HTML and CSS.
This course will help you understand:
How to define the content of web apps
How to add paragraphs, images, lists
How to nest elements
How to change colors, fonts, text size, and borders
Time: 3h 5m video
An experienced developer will explain basic concepts like:
Time: 1h 40m video
5. Algorithms and Data Structures
A great course on Algorithms and Data Structures.
After completing the first part, you will:
Have an overview of data structures
Learn terms like list, stack, queue, binary tree, and hash table
Know algorithms like binary search, quicksort, and mergesort
Level: Beginner (required basic programming skills)
Time: 5h 37m video
6. Introduction to AI by the University of Helsinki
A free online course for anybody interested in AI that does not involve complicated math or code.
After completing this course, you will understand:
What is AI
What kind of problems can be solved using AI
What is machine learning
How neural networks work
What are possible AI implications for the future
Time: 16 hours (6 modules)
A few additional terms every PM should understand:
DevOps and CI/CD: https://lnkd.in/dyXgmGeq
Design Patterns: https://lnkd.in/ddvgWq-r
Business Intelligence: https://lnkd.in/diMt7gfP
Cloud Computing: https://lnkd.in/dRD_P9Nn
Test Driven Development (TDD): https://lnkd.in/d_8mmQN7
25 functional testing types: https://lnkd.in/dYHDT4Ua
WebService vs. API: https://blog.hubspot.com/website/web-services-vs-ap
Great post Pawel. Just a heads up, the link for the WebService vs. API - hubspot article is missing the "i" in "API" at the end of the URL.