Brainstation's Product Management Course is a good introductory course to end-to-end product management as it teaches you how to create your own product and a formal proposal presentation that will demonstrate your product launch strategy.
What distinguishes the Brainstation course from other programs is that it offers in-person and online coding bootcamps that emphasize experiential learning utilizing applications like Google Forms, Xtensio, SurveyMonkey, Typeform, and Balsamiq.
It's a good alternative for folks with complicated schedules because the students can select between full-time and part-time schedule.
This course is best for incoming PMs or aspiring PMs who want to gain practical product management skills.
The course is also ideal for those who prefer a live, instructor-led, project-based, and cohort-based learning style.
The Brainstation Product Management program has 4.6 stars on SwitchUp based from 313 reviews.
The course is a well-balanced mixture of concepts and theories, in-class activities, case studies and actual hands-on work for the final project. I learnt new and useful toolkits, which I had the chance to apply to my project. However, the significant value that I got during class was the in-depth feedback I received from the instructor and peers. Due to the pandemic, the course was fully online, but I think it worked well and did not impact the quality. - Kaveh Hashtroodi
This course is most similar to Co.Lab's 8-week Product Management Bootcamp because it teaches the fundamentals concepts an entry-level Product Manager should know, as well as create a tangible student portfolio.
That being said, it doesn’t have the cross-functional collaboration experience that you get in Co.Lab’s Bootcamp.
After this course, it is still recommended to still take Co.Lab so you can actually apply your learnings in a real-world setting and build a live product, that hiring managers are looking for, with a team consisting of developers, designer, and a mentor.
This course is slightly less expensive at $3250 compared to Co.Lab’s Bootcamp at $3500. Although it’s understandable as Co.Lab is also providing you with a team of two (2) developers and 1 (designer) - more than making up for the difference.
With both programs, you will get a Certificate of Completion as well as a student portfolio.
However, our focus at Co.Lab is to help learners gain confidence, credibility and tangible experience, beyond just the certificate. Portfolios with Co.Lab are just the end result - the work involves speaking to real users, doing market research, and potentially working with a team to build out a real MVP.
Additionally, Co.Lab portfolio are hosted publicly for you to share with recruiters, hiring managers and supporters. You can check out other student portfolios here.
Co.Lab’s programs are unique in that we focus on helping you stand out from the crowd, by building your personal brand and community online.
Co.Lab's Sprint & Bootcamp programs also have a robust Build in Public program, where you get to share your wins and learnings to your professional network - ensuring you remain visible to recruiters and hiring managers.
Lastly, the Co.Lab PM track grants you entry to an exclusive Discord community of tech professionals where you can get advice, networking opportunities, and referrals.
Similarly, Co.Lab also has weekly mentor check-ins to ensure that you're guided appropriately by industry professionals. In fcat, your spec in the Sprint & Bootcamp programs will be personally given feedback on by your mentors.
There will also be an end-of-cohort celebration where top students get to present their product idea to the public.
Both Brainstation and Co.Lab’s Product Management Bootcamps discuss the roles and responsibilities of a product manager. They also go into the specifics of product strategy, agile product management, prototyping, and go-to-market strategy.
In both courses, you will also have the chance to apply your learnings and build your own product, and get a certificate of completion at the end.
The starkest difference is that Co.Lab will provide you with the cross-functional, real-work experience of shipping a product with a UI/UX designer and software developers, as guided by a pre-vetted industry mentor.
Both Brainstation and Co.Lab’s Product Management Bootcams are cohort-based. They have live online instruction with group and independent active learning challenges. However, there are still key differences.
With Co.Lab's Product Management Sprint and Bootcamp program, you are in a cohort-based model with built-in accountability. You go through the program with other learners. You get to share your learnings, compare and contrast ideas, and provide you with real people who can be your sounding boards.
Lastly, you decide as a team what kind of tools to use, when to meet (although there are designated check-in dates), and be generally in charge of how to manage and lead a development team. If you are someone who thrives in a structured environment like this, then Co.Lab will be a great fit.
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