Our Favorite Mobile Product Management Courses & Conferences
Just like your app needs tools to take it to the next level, there are a plethora of resources mobile product managers can rely on to step up their game.
In a recent consumer survey, we asked the mobile product management community where they turn when they want to learn more about their line of work. Today’s post is a compilation of the best conferences and courses that are popular in the mobile product management community.
9 Top Product Management Conferences
Conferences are not only a great place to learn, they’re also a great place to network and meet new people in your industry. We asked the mobile PM community what conferences they’ve enjoyed and learned from the most; here’s what they had to say:
Mobile Future Forward | This mobile focused conference is unrivaled in terms of the data presented, which allows attendees to gain a deep understanding of where the mobile industry as a whole is headed. This conference attracts speakers from some of the world’s largest mobile-oriented companies, including T-Mobile, Oracle, and Google. If you’re interested in learning from the best in the business, this is the place to be.
ProductCamp | ProductCamp calls themselves an “unconference” because it’s free, user-driven, and collaborative. It focuses on topics related to product management, product strategy, and product marketing. The most fun part about this event? Any participant can present a topic or lead a group discussion.
On the day of the event, attendees vote on which session they’re most interested in, and the sessions with the most votes win. ProductCamp events are set up all over the world, but if they don’t have an event scheduled near you, you can organize one for your
Delight UX/Product Conference | If you’re seeking to learn more about how to create exceptional experiences for your mobile customers, this conference is a must-attend. This event draws big-name speakers who are known for their optimal customer experiences, including Facebook, Target, and Captial One.
Open Mobile Media Summit | Regardless of what industry you’re in, Open Mobile Media Summit will have presentations that are relevant to any mobile product manager. Topics include app and mobile tech; commerce and brands; media and advertising; and M2M and enterprise. The conference is designed to deliver insights to help businesses who are a part of the mobile ecosystem to expand and succeed.
Mind the Product | Mentioned above in our reading section, Mind the Product also puts on an impressive conference for product managers. Presenters are brought in from around the world, giving attendees a chance to hear about new solutions and strategies that don’t exist in their corner of the world yet.
Hailed as one of the best product conferences around, it’s hosted by product managers, so there’s no shortage of relevant, engaging, and useful information presented each year.
ProductTank Meetup Series | A brand of Mind the Product, the ProductTank Meetup series is hosted frequently in 75 cities around the world. Free, and welcome to product managers, designers, and developers, it’s a gathering where professionals are encouraged to share their experience and knowledge to help each other learn and grow.
Product Management, Innovation & Growth | This conference was created for product management to learn more about growth strategy, innovation, and shared experiences. The topics focus on innovation, business planning, product strategy, performance, and customer insights. Attendees get a full spectrum look at what’s to come in the future of product management, and tactical advice for how to advance their company in the near term.
MVP Conf | MVP, or Minimum Viable Product, is dedicated to helping professionals in the mobile world master the art of the MVP philosophy. Not only does the conference include experienced speakers, including product managers for Zappos and Uber, it hosts 17 workshops to kick it all off.
Mobile World Congress | Undoubtedly the biggest mobile conference of the year, attendees get a full-scale view of where the mobile industry is heading, as well as tactical advice on how to make the most of the mobile revolution. Since this conference attracts tens of thousands of attendees from all over the world, it’s one of the best places to network, expand business development opportunities, and learn from the best of the best.
5 Best Product Management Courses
Taking your career to the next level requires continued learning. There’s a course here for everyone, whether you’re just starting out or you’re an industry veteran. This comprehensive list will help you expand your skillset and open new professional opportunities through learned skills.
Coursera | Coursera lists product management courses for specific niches within the profession from a host of different schools around the world. If you’re interested in changing industries, or simply expanding your skill set, chances are Coursera has what you’re looking for. Courses range in difficulty and cover topics from software product management to running design sprints.
General Assembly 10-week Product Management Course | If you’re just getting started, or if you’re interested in becoming a product manager for the first time, this crash course by GA will get you up to speed quickly. You’ll learn the skills and tools needed to be a successful product manager, production standards, and the big picture to make your customers and stakeholders happy.
Udemy Product Management Certification | Similar to GA’s 10-week PM course, Udemy offers a product management certification for those interested in becoming a PM focused on B2B. The course contains 34 lectures and covers a wide variety of skills required of PMs, including conflict management, how to define a new product, and how to build a business case.
App Success Pro Course | While mobile product managers don’t need to posses a ton of technical skill, it does help your ability to communication with the engineering team. Learning how to create your own app will build a level of skill that will enable you to communicate more effectively with your team, and create more empathy for your team now that you have a better understanding of what an app requires.
Stanford Swift Courses | Similar to the App Success Pro Course, learning how to code Swift will make you a better product manager because you’ll be more equipped to understand what’s required of your engineering team. Better communication, empathy, and technical skills will take your mobile product management career to the next level.
Tools and resources, including conferences and courses, exist to help you become more effective in your current role, and take your career to the next level. The above list has something for everyone, whether you’re seeking to boost your app’s success, network with fellow mobile product managers, or brush up on your technical skills.
Take advantage of these PM-approved resources to give yourself, your team, and your product a competitive edge!