Andrea Ippolito is both a lecturer for and the Executive Director of the Engineering Management Program at Cornell University. She recently completed her role as the Director of the Innovators Network at the Department of Veterans Affairs and she previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the VA Center for Innovation based out of the White House Office of Science Technology Policy and General Services Administration. She previously was a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, Innovation Specialist at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Innovation Hub, and Co-Director of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. She also served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenahealth and completed her M.S. in Engineering and Management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ippolito worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her B.S. in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.
Before a product is developed, product managers must know how to organize and manage a team. They must understand the typical product development life cycle and be able to select an appropriate development methodology. They must lead the process of identifying and embracing core principles and values appropriate for their team, and they must engage effectively with stakeholders and funding sources.
This course will help build skills in the “nuts and bolts” of product team leadership. You will consider the typical phases of product development and the roles that are involved in each step of the development process. You'll look at possible team structures and the importance of a team charter. You'll survey a number of product development methodologies. Finally, you'll explore ways to foster an effective team culture, run effective team meetings, and keep a product team motivated and focused on shared goals.
- Prepare to set up a product management team, develop a charter, and plan the major phases of the product development process
- Identify and select appropriate development methodologies (waterfall, agile, lean, etc.)
- Promote a positive team culture and manage the rhythm of a product team
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Product managers and aspiring product managers
- Tech leaders
- Product marketing managers
- Software developers
- UX and web design professionals
- Project managers