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Break the Code Barrier - A no-code introduction to software fundamentals for PMs

Cohort-based Course

Don't waste time learning to code. Get the technical foundations you need to excel as a product manager and accelerate your career today.

Hosted by

Eleanor Stribling

Product Manager with 10+ years of building software for MSFT, ZEN, GOOG; MIT MBA

Course overview

Talk about software like a pro in 3 weeks without learning a single line of code

After more than a decade as a Product Manager and leader in software companies, I've seen a lot of people struggle to gain credibility in the role, not because they aren't smart or capable, but because they don't have a technical background to draw on.


You might have heard learning to code is the solution, and found that basic tutorials aren't getting you anywhere close to where you need to be to do your job better.


This course is designed to fill that gap.


Rather than spending time learning to code, you'll gain a broader perspective of how software works and how to apply that understanding right away on the job. After this course, you'll be equipped to communicate effectively with technical teams, enhance your credibility with your engineering colleagues, write better requirements, and lead successful software development projects.

Who is this course for

01

You're a Product Manager without a technical background who is afraid of "sounding stupid" when you talk to engineers.

02

You're a Product Manager in a new role who wants to ask the right questions and build credibility with technical colleagues.

03

Your product management career is stalling out because your knowledge of the technical side doesn't match your industry or product knowledge

Key outcomes

Approach new products & technologies with confidence

We'll learn how to ask the questions you need answers to with confidence on the foundation of a solid grasp of the basics.

Talk about your tech stack without fear

We'll learn the common components of a tech stack, how they relate to one another, and how to learn more about the tools, libraries and languages your company uses

Apply technical terms & concepts with confidence in your every day

Ever felt unsure about what exactly an API is, how algorithms work, or what server-side means? We'll cover all of these and more.

Write amazing requirements that no one sends back

We'll walk through how you can apply the principles in this course right away to write clear, complete, and generally awesome requirements for engineering teams.

Course syllabus

01

Start with Systems

Lean a systems thinking approach to understanding software.

02

Adventure with APIs

Get comfortable with how APIs work, common use cases, and monetization models, and learn how to manage them as a product.

03

Talk Tech Stacks

Build your confidence in exploring and explaining your tech stack.

04

Acquire Algorithm Awareness

This final lesson puts it all together to discuss how to demonstrate technical competence in your role, no matter who you are talking to.

05

Write Requirements Right

Put it all together and unlock the secrets of writing requirements that engineers can actually implement.

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Meet your instructor

Eleanor Stribling

Eleanor Stribling

Eleanor Stribling earned an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science and aspired to be an opera singer before becoming a product and people manager with over a decade of experience in San Francisco Bay Area software companies. She has been a product management leader at small startups, mid-size corporations, and "big tech" giants including TubeMogul (acquired by Adobe), Microsoft, Zendesk, and Google. 

Course Schedule

10.5 hours over three weeks
  • Mondays & Fridays

    8:15 to 9:30 am Pacific Time

    Start your morning with the ultimate upskilling standup! Learn with your peers and stay connected with them and the instructor via chat.

  • Short, Real World Assignments

    ~1 hour per week

    Straightforward, ungraded assignments help you apply your learnings on the job right away and get the concepts to stick.

  • Group Chat

    However much or little you want

    Get support from your instructor and peers between lessons, complete weekly surveys, and get recorded check-ins with the instructor.

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Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active learning, not passive watching

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

Free resource

Things Every Product Manager Should Know About APIs

Are you a Product Manager without a technical background who is having trouble wrapping your head around what an API is? Unsure of how to manage one as a product? Tired of smiling and nodding when terms like webhooks, RESTful, and rate limiting get thrown around in meetings?


You're not alone!


Get started by downloading this introductory 2-page infographic, and consider joining us in June for the live class that will cover APIs and a whole lot more to help you excel in your role without a single line of code.




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