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How to Become a Technology-Literate Product Manager?
Top 6 free tech courses that will help you land a new job (or keep the existing one). Updated: 8/9/2023.
Recently I spoke with a few Product Managers from my network. They do not have a technical background. And they struggle with many technical terms and concepts.
The Product Manager doesn’t have to be a tech expert, but she has to be a technology-literate person.
Here are the top 6 free tech courses that will help you land a new job (or keep the existing one):
1. SQL by SQLBolt
Quickly learn SQL in your browser using a set of interactive lessons and exercises.
Completing this course will help you understand:
What relational databases are
How to write SQL queries
How to filter and sort data
How to use aggregates
How to manipulate database rows
Time: 4-8 hours (18 lessons)
2. Programming for Everybody by the University of Michigan
This course will help you understand basic concepts.
Write your first application in Python
Understand the basics of Python
Use variables to store, retrieve and calculate data
Utilize functions and loops
Time: 19 hours
3. HTML5 & CSS3
Everything you need to know about two pillars of web apps: HTML and CSS.
This course will help you understand:
How to define the content of web apps
How to add paragraphs, images, lists
How to nest elements
How to change colors, fonts, text size, and borders
Time: 3h 5m video
A short but powerful introductory course.
An experienced developer explains basic concepts like:
Time: 1h 40m video
5. Algorithms and Data Structures
A fantastic course on Algorithms and Data Structures.
After completing the first part, you will:
Have an overview of data structures
Learn terms like list, stack, queue, binary tree, and hash table
Know algorithms like binary search, quicksort, and mergesort
Level: Beginner (required basic programming skills)
Time: 5h 37m video
6. Generative AI learning path by Google Cloud
An eye-opening course on what AI is. I recommend taking the first seven modules:
Introduction to Generative AI
Introduction to Large Language Models
Introduction to Responsible AI
Generative AI Fundamentals
Introduction to Image Generation
Transformer Models and BERT Model
Create Image Captioning Models
Introduction to Generative AI Studio
Time: 2 days (realistically)
Here are a few additional terms every PM should understand:
Design Patterns: https://refactoring.guru/design-patterns
Cloud Computing: https://youtu.be/eZLcyTxi8ZI
DevOps and CI/CD: https://jfrog.com/devops-tools/what-is-devops/
WebService vs. API: https://blog.hubspot.com/website/web-services-vs-api
Test Driven Development (TDD): https://www.guru99.com/test-driven-development.html
YouTube hack: Technologies explained < 100 seconds: https://www.youtube.com/@Fireship/videos