Develop Your Product Sense

4 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Learn how to build products people love by honing one of the most important skills for product builders

Course overview

Develop the hard-won skills that power your product sense

Product sense is easily one of the most important skills you need to build as a product person, yet it's the muddiest skill to define, practice, and master. Let's change that.

In this course, you'll uncover the true meaning of product sense and acquire the crucial skills that set exceptional product managers apart.

Who is this course for


Associate Product Managers

... who need a head-start on this hard-won skill.


Entry-Level Product Managers

... who are looking for more practise on a skill that takes years to build.


Start-Up Founders

... who are looking for a deeper understanding on how to bring an incredible product experience to life.


Aspiring PMs or PM-Adjacent Roles

... who want to better contribute in product meetings.

What you’ll get out of this course

​​Understand product sense and its essential skills

Discover the definition of product sense, and gain the key skills needed to enhance yours.

Develop 3 core skills that define strong product sense

Transition from theory to action by learning and honing 3 vital product sense skills.

Apply skills through real-world examples and workshops

Utilize your newfound abilities in hands-on workshops and product critiques.

Join a network of ambitious builders

Become part of the beta cohort, gaining access to ongoing office hours and a community of driven peers.

What people are saying

        Nickey was one of the most beloved and respected PMs at Airbnb.
Lenny Rachitsky

Lenny Rachitsky
        Nickey's product craft is remarkable. She is a powerful thought leader whose passion for helping others learn just shines through. Her wealth of real-world experiences makes her especially great at teaching product sense. I highly recommend this opportunity to learn from the awesome Nickey! You'll be glad you did.
Monica Ugwi

Monica Ugwi

Head of Product, UX & Docs at RudderStack
        Nickey is a visionary, intuitive and experienced product leader; she knows her stuff. She's also witty and engaging with a sharp sense of humor. She's been on the front lines building some of the most widely used technology products in the world and anyone would be lucky to soak up some of her wisdom and insights.
Calia Millman

Calia Millman

Senior Director of Product, Etsy
        Nickey has deep expertise in consumer-facing product development. She's also a force of nature: energetic, charismatic, funny, and insightful. I can't think of a better person I would want to take a product course from.
Jorge Mazal

Jorge Mazal

Advisor & Angel - former CPO @ Duolingo

Meet your instructor

Nickey Skarstad

Nickey Skarstad

Director of Product Management @ Duolingo

Today I’m a Director of Product Management at Duolingo, where I’m responsible for shipping 0-1 products that impact millions of learners across the globe. With over a decade of experience building at some of the world's most beloved brands, including Etsy, Airbnb, and Shopify, I’ve honed my product sense to a fine art.

On the early team at Etsy I helped power seller businesses with meaningful tools. And on the early team working on Airbnb Experiences, I helped the team find product market fit and scale the business. Tricky product problems are my jam, and my product sense has helped me navigate complex challenges time and time again. 

I love teaching product people how to refine their craft and think that product sense is a foundational skill that takes practice to refine. Join and practice with me! 

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Course schedule

2 - 3 hours per week
  • Wednesday: June 7, 2023

    90 minutes - 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

    Workshop #1 - You'll get a breakdown of the skills that make up product sense and participate in your first product critique where you watch those skills in action

  • Wednesday: June 14, 2023

    90 minutes - 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

    Workshop #2 - We'll unpack a key pillar of product sense, user empathy, and walk through how to build this important skill

  • Wednesday: June 21, 2023

    90 minutes - 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

    Workshop #3 - We'll unpack a second key pillar of product sense, market understanding, and walk through how to build this important skill

  • Wednesday: June 28, 2023

    90 minutes - 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

    Workshop #4 - We'll unpack the third key pillar of product sense, product thinking, and bring it all home with a hands-on workshop

  • Fridays

    60 minutes - Optional

    Hosted at alternating times to review concepts, get feedback on projects and homework, and more!

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

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

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