Product Institute | Tech Fundamentals Overview

Tech Fundamentals

The course that will improve the way you communicate about technology, approach tech-centered decisions, and collaborate with developers.



Have you ever been overwhelmed by developer jargon? Or felt the pain of balancing priority with feasibility? This course will teach you the basics of common technology terms and concepts, and improve the way you collaborate with developers. It will also prep you for the dreaded PM technical interview, by providing helpful sample answers to a long list of likely questions.

What You Will Learn

1 Intro to Tech Fundamentals

  • Welcome to Tech Fundamentals (3:49)
  • Course Glossary
  • Activity: Learn About the Developers You Work With
  • Unit 1: Quiz for Understanding

2 Platforms and Computers

  • Platforms and Computers (5:04)
  • Different Platforms and When to Use Them
  • Computers, Mobile Devices, and the Internet
  • Activity: Understanding Platforms and Computers
  • Unit 2: Quiz for Understanding

3 Stacks and Apps

  • What's a Tech Stack? (4:58)
  • Stacks and Databases
  • Activity: Understanding Platforms and Computers
  • Unit 3: Quiz for Understanding

4 APIs

  • Key API Concepts (3:44)
  • APIs and Integrations
  • Activity: Understanding the APIs of Your Product
  • Unit 4: Quiz for Understanding

5 Tech Debt

  • Managing Tech Debt (4:45)
  • Paying Down Tech Debt
  • Activity: Tech Debt Checkup
  • Unit 5: Quiz for Understanding

6 Security and Privacy

  • Security and Privacy (4:43)
  • Activity: Security and Privacy Deep Dive
  • Unit 6: Quiz for Understanding

7 Working Well With Developers

  • Keeping Developers Productive (4:24)
  • Working Well With a Dev Team
  • Activity: Promoting Flow, Productivity and Communication
  • Unit 7: Quiz for Understanding

8 Testing, DevOps and Launch

  • Product Testing With QA (5:00)
  • Managing Your Team's Testing
  • Launching With a DevOps Team (4:12)
  • Activity: Prioritizing Your Bug Backlog
  • Unit 8: Quiz for Understanding

9 Using Your Tech Knowledge as a PM

  • How To Work Well With YOUR Dev Team
  • Preparing for the Tech Interview
  • Practice Interview Questions



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We’ve helped countless enterprise and growth stage companies alike avoid the dreaded build trap and see exponential growth. Read about our approach in our new book.

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