How to Transition to Product Management (And Succeed)

Find out more about this specific product management bootcamp program and whether it's the right fit for your PM knowledge journey.

Program summary

Online, Self-paced, Independent learning
Program Style
Target Student
Incoming APMs or aspiring APMs
Certificate Type
Certificate of Completion
Learning Materials
Online video content, practical exercises
Program Length
1 day
Weekly Commitment
3 hours
Starting Cadence
Available anytime
Program Cost
Payment Plans

What is this Product Management bootcamp?

How to Transition to Product Management (And Succeed) is taught by Anna Kolenkina who has 15+ years in the IT industry and worked with cross-cultural teams from Switzerland, Russia, and Singapore.

You can expect to learn basic concepts like a high-level introduction to the Product Manager role, types of Product Managers (AI Product Manager, Growth Product Manager, etc.), and the end-to-end product management process.

It will also have some discussions on how to build up your product management skills and and successfully shift to a PM role.

Who is this PM course best for?

This course is best for aspiring product managers or anyone who are looking for a cost-free introduction to Product Management.

What have previous students said?

The How to Transition to Product Management (And Succeed) by A. Kolenkina program has 4.6 stars from 67 reviewers on Udemy.

Learners have said:

“I liked the course - no fluff, just clear up-to-date information from the PM expert. Many examples, tips & tricks on how to build up relevant PM experience to get the job. Skills assessment makes you think - got some things straight in my head and helped to find what to focus on while transitioning to the PM role.” - Dimitrii B

How does it compare to Co.Lab's courses?

This course can be considered as a preparatory coursework towards Co.Lab’s Product Management track. It’s a good introduction to defining product management, understanding what the role entails, and identifying the transferable skills you have that will prove useful once you shift into being a product manager.

After completing this course, it is recommended that you join Co.Lab's 4-week Sprint program to solidify your product management foundations, then transfer your theoretical knowledge to practical skills by shipping a live product in a cross-functional team consisting of a UI/UX designer, software developers, and a pre-vetted industry mentor with the 8-week Bootcamp program.


This course is free to take at Udemy! However, it does not come with a certificate of completion, instructor Q&A, or direct message from the instructor.

On the other hand, Co.Lab’s Sprint costs $500 USD for a 4-week program and Bootcamp costs $3,800 USD for an 8-week program. Both offer a structured learning experience with peers, using an experiential learning model, where you graduate with the right skills to kickstart your career in product

Learning Outcomes

After taking the course, you will not get a certificate of complication from Udemy. At Co.Lab, not only will you get a Certificate of Completion, but also 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.

Personal Brand Support

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 and 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, our Product Management track grants you entry to an exclusive Discord community of tech professionals where you can get advice, networking opportunities, and referrals.


Co.Lab also has weekly mentor check-ins to ensure that you're guided appropriately by industry professionals.

In fact, your spec in the Sprint program will be personally given feedback on by your mentors. It will also be published on Co.Lab's website and posted in Co.Lab's social accounts.

There will also be an end-of-cohort celebration where top students get to present their product idea to the public.

Curriculum Content

In this course, you are given a high-level explanation of the Product role and your responsibilities. It includes the different types of product managers, a brief explanation of the end-to-end product management process, and the types of skills you have currently that can effectively transfer to a PM role.

Whereas in Co.Lab, you will learn about the fundamental concepts an entry-level Product Manager should know. You will have the chance to apply your learnings, build your own spec, get a certificate of completion, and build an MVP with a cross-functional team in an agile environment.

Self-paced vs Cohort-based Learning Experience:

What makes this course different from Co.Lab's Sprint program is the learning experience. This course is a self-paced program. Co.Lab's Product Sprint is a cohort-based program.

While this course allows you to study the basics of a PM role with more flexibility since you will go through it at your own pace, it also means that you need to have the internal motivation to finish the course.

With Co.Lab's Product Management Sprint 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.

If you enjoy structured group learning, and struggle with self-paced individual programs, then the Sprint program may be a better fit for you.

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