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Learn Strategy & Structured Problem Solving for Product

Accelerate your Product career in 6 weeks. Learn from experts and with a cohort of incredible product people.

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Learn from Product Leaders

Hear from experts each week on how they have applied key strategy and problem solving concepts at leading technology start-ups, scale-ups and unicorns. Recent speakers have included product leaders from:

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Join a Community of Product People

Learn, collaborate and build relationships with a peer group of awesome product people.

Previous course alumni include Product Managers, Designers, Marketers, Analysts and Founders from businesses such as:

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Hear from Minnow Alumni

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This course condenses the most important and practical concepts into 4 weeks of great content with real world examples and amazing guest speakers.

Highly recommend for anyone looking to level up in their profession and life in general

Kathy Shi Marketer @ Basiq

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I don't think I have done a course yet, where I have been so motivated to apply the strategies to my work straight after learning about them

...and then see the positive impact it has

Oliver Christie Product Manager @ Last Yard

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Taught me a lot about product structure and internal models when approaching problems and articulating in an environment where there are 100 different issues that you can solve

...helped me narrow in on the most important issues that provide the biggest bang for buck when it comes to aligning strategy and vision. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Nicholas Truong Product Manager @ Attract.ai

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Gave me a fantastic understanding of the frameworks required to solve the endless and complex problems that arise both everyday and over many months as a founder.

Would recommend to any founder or startup employee solving key business problems for users

El Salem CEO & Founder @ Eatwell App

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Want more? Read more of what Minnow Alumni have said about the course here, here, here and here.

Course Overview

Strategy & Structured Problem Solving For Product People

Learn to structure and solve complex product problems and strategy questions with an awesome cohort and experienced product leaders.

πŸ’‘ What You'll Learn

This course will provide you with a set of tools and approaches for effective problem solving and strategic decision making across a broad range of product problems.

You will learn how to:

  • Define and break down problems to identify levers that matter most
  • Plan and execute analyses and present compelling solutions
  • Identify great strategies and make robust strategic decisions
  • Frame and test choices and create powerful narratives

You will also learn and share your ideas and experiences with an awesome collection of learners and guest speakers from some of Australia's most exciting start-ups and scale-ups.

❌ What You Won't Learn

This course is about developing your problem solving and strategic decision making skills. It is not a course on specifics of product and will not cover topics such as:

  • Developing product roadmaps
  • Executing specific product strategies
  • Product fundamentals such as Discovery, UI/UX, GTM, etc.

🀷 Who Is This Course For?

This is a course for Product People.

If you care deeply about your customers and spend your time working out how to solve their problems and create value then this course is for you.

Typically, this will mean your have 1 to 5+ years of product experience and have a job title such as (non-exhaustive):

  • Product Manager
  • Product Designer (UI, UX)
  • Product Research
  • Product Analyst
  • Product Marketer
  • Founder
  • Software Engineer

πŸ—οΈ Course Format

The course content will run over 6 weeks and include 3 key elements:

  • Weekly Video Calls: content presentation, examples, group discussions, working exercises, guest speakers
  • Content & Reading: pre- and post-call reading, presented content, homework exercises, templates, additional references, useful links - e.g. Slack, contact, office hours
  • Cohort of Learners: a Slack group for discussion, connection, and sharing homework and in-call exercises, examples and questions

πŸ““ Topics & Content

πŸƒ Kick-off & Getting Started

  • Meet & greet with cohort of product people
  • Course overview
  • Setting-up for success & expectations

πŸ” Structured Problem Solving Pt. 1

  • Structured & hypothesis-led problem solving
  • Problem definition and deconstruction
  • Prioritising hypotheses and finding the right levers

πŸ’‘ Structured Problem Solving Pt. 2

  • Planning for effective problem solving
  • Analysing what matters
  • Communicating compelling solutions

πŸ“ˆ Strategy Pt. 1

  • Great vs Good vs Bad strategy
  • Choices and cascades
  • Strategy over horizons

πŸš€ Strategy Pt. 2

  • Framing choices for decision making
  • β€œWhat would have to be true?”
  • Narratives and storytelling

βŒ› Time Commitment

The time commitment will be approx. 4-5 hrs per week for 6 weeks.

  • Weekly video calls: 2 hrs (together)
  • Self-paced content, homework & reading: 2 hrs (individual)
  • Sharing and connecting on slack: 0.5-1 hr (individual)

Pricing

Money back guarantee. If you don’t get value, you will get a full refund. No questions.

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Live Course & Cohort

$695

Learn Strategy & Structured Problem Solving over 6 weeks with a cohort

Includes

πŸ“½οΈ 12 x 1 hr live Zoom sessions

πŸ“Ί Course content, recordings, templates, readings*

πŸ§‘β€πŸ«Β  Expert video library*

πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘ Peer cohort of product people

πŸ’¬ Student & speaker Slack group

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Weekly office hours

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Self-Guided Course

Coming soon

Learn at your own pace without the weekly sessions

Includes

πŸ“Ί Course content, recordings, templates, readings*

πŸ§‘β€πŸ«Β  Expert video library*

πŸ’¬ Slack group

* 12 months access. Expert video library includes previous Guest Speaker lectures and Q&A recordings

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Can my employer pay?

Yes.

This course will help you to add significant value in your role and your employer will likely be happy to invest in your development. You may also already have a learning & development (L&D) budget you can use.

See here for a template email that you can share with your employer to support investing in you to participate in the course.

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Can’t afford the price?

Email harry@minnowlearn.com and let’s see if we can help get you in the course.

FAQs

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Who is the course Facilitator & Instructor?

Harry Hamilton will be your course facilitator and instructor. Harry is the Founder of Minnow, a Group Product Manager at SafetyCulture, a Blackbird Giants Mentor and a former Strategy Management Consultant. See more here.

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Why does this course and Minnow exist?

To make incredible careers accessible.

Skills taught in this course like structured problem solving are incredibly valuable and applicable across roles and domains in tech businesses but tend not to taught or developed within start-ups and scale-ups for a variety of reasons e.g. general β€˜scrappiness’ and a million things to do, unstructured L&D investments, limited middle management layers, etc.

These skills are typically only taught within professional services firms like consultancies and investment banks where they effectively are the 'product' being sold to clients (for >$10,000 per week).

Minnow and this course exists to make these skills readily accessible to Product People, allowing them to β€˜punch above their weight’ and accelerate their careers like so many ex-professional services people jumping into start-ups (e.g. see the awesome work being done by the folks at Startmate with the Fellowship programs)

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Why applications? How are applications reviewed?

Learning, collaborating and connecting with a cohort of awesome, ambitious product people is a large part of the value of this course.

Entry to this course is taken via application to ensure each cohort is made up of a good mix of product people across roles, companies, backgrounds and experience levels.

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When are the weekly live sessions?

Weekly live sessions are typically run on Tuesday and Thursdays evenings, 6-7PM (AEST). See the specific course you are registering for to confirm.

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Do you offer other courses?

Not yet but we would like to in the future. Let us know what courses you’d love to see here.

Take Your Next Career Step

Accelerate your Product career in 6 weeks.

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β€œI've walked away with an abundance of insights and helpful techniques that I feel have already made a massive impact on how I operate on a day-to-day basis.” - Tanya Singh, Product Manager @ Linktree

Minnow Learn Pty Ltd | 2022