MPCS 51240 Product Management (Autumn 2021)

Section 2
Instructor(s) Vassilatos, Peter (pete)
Location Online Only
Meeting Times Wednesday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fulfills Elective Specialization - Software Engineering (SE-2)


Product management is a cross-disciplinary endeavor that sits at the intersection of software engineering, marketing, and the user experience. Product managers are expected to create products in support of business objectives, ensuring that products deliver value to customers and are feasible to build within varying sets of constraints. In this course we will introduce the role of the product manager and demonstrate the challenges faced by product managers. We will explore approaches for managing the tension that exists between software development and product delivery using the minimum viable product and the product roadmap as critical tools.

Course Prerequisites

Core Programming

Other Prerequisites

This course assumes no prior knowledge of product management concepts or specific technologies. However, you may find some of the material easier to put into perspective if you're familiar with software design patterns, or have taken one of the other software engineering courses offered in the MPCS.

Overlapping Classes

This class is scheduled at a time that conflicts with these other classes:

  • MPCS 52011-2 -- Introduction to Computer Systems
  • MPCS 53112-1 -- Advanced Data Analytics
  • MPCS 50103-1 -- Mathematics for Computer Science: Discrete Mathematics
  • MPCS 56520-1 -- Advanced Security Topics
  • MPCS 52555-1 -- Backends for Applications
  • MPCS 56511-1 -- Introduction to Computer Security

Eligible Programs

Masters Program in Computer Science MS in Computational Analysis in Public Policy (Year 2) MA in Computational Social Science (Year 2) Bx/MS in Computer Science (Option 2: Professionally-oriented - CS Majors) Bx/MS in Computer Science (Option 3: Profesionally-oriented - Non-CS Majors)