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This course is part of the Software Product Management Specialization

Software Product Management Capstone

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About this Course

In this six-week capstone course, you will gain practical management experience in a safe, simulated software production setting. You will apply Agile practices and techniques to conquer industry-inspired challenges. Interacting with a realistic client, you will discern what they want and express what they truly need in software requirements to drive software production. Upon completing the capstone, you will be prepared to advance your career as a confident software product management professional.

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What you will learn

Draw upon practical management experience in a simulated setting

Apply Agile practices and techniques to conquer industry-inspired challenges

Practice interaction with a realistic simulated client

Advance your career as a confident software product management professional

Skills you will gain


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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Capstone project - week 1.

Welcome to the first week of the capstone. This week, you will be primarily focusing on eliciting requirements. You will get to meet your client as well as collaborate with an expert advisor. You will also meet the development team that you will be working with. They will help you to clarify and elaborate on the information elicited from the client and expert. You will finish off the week by creating a Requirements Document.

Capstone Project - Week 2

Now that the requirements are elicited, it’s now time to start refining those user stories! This week, you will conduct Requirements Technical Reviews on your peers Requirements Documents. You will also discuss risks with the development team and generate a risk plan.

Capstone Project - Week 3

There’s a lot of work to be done this week to prepare for the first sprint. User stories need to be prioritized and assessed for risks, release and iteration plans need to be created, and design needs to begin. You will work with your team to get everything ready so that Sprint 1 can start promptly next week!

Capstone Project - Week 4

This is your first development sprint! You will have stand-up meetings with the development team. Your team will also demo the product to the client and expert at the end of the week. There will be issues that need solving, plans to make for the next sprint, and monitoring that will need to be done!

Capstone Project - Week 5

This is Sprint 2 of development. Similar to last week, there will be standups and other meetings. The team will also demo the product at the end of the sprint. You will be expected to monitor the progress of the project and prepare a plan for the third and final sprint--but a surprise twist at the end of the sprint might require you to be agile.

Capstone Project - Week 6

With the trade show quickly approaching, you will need to work with the team to create an impressive working demo by the end of this sprint. With the added pressure, issues may arise. Will the team get the product completed in time?


Great course. You are immersed in a pseudo-realistic experience working with a real software development project. Overall very well done. One of the more enjoyable capstone courses that I have taken.

Great course to get grounded in Software Product Management. Learn the nuances of agile and lean. There are right ways and wrong ways to use these tools. Know the right way!

Very fun and educating Capstone project! I can really recommend this course to everyone who is new to software product management.

The course was extremely help to understand software production management, agile principles and how to run projects successfully in agile methods. Thank you.

About the Software Product Management Specialization

In this Software Product Management Specialization, you will master Agile software management practices to lead a team of developers and interact with clients. In the final Capstone Project, you will practice and apply management techniques to realistic scenarios that you will face as a Software Product Manager. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from the insights of others as part of a Software Product Management

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Most frequent questions and answers.

Capstone Program lets you work on a real world product problem as a team or solo member.

You will learn the nuances of building products by actually building something useful for the real end user.

As an individual, it is very difficult to work on a project due to various reasons like lack of skills, resources, team or simply motivation.

We help you overcome this hurdles through a community first approach.

Launch a product, get feedback from the community and showcase in our monthly demos.

You will work on a project using No Code Technologies. If you complete your project then you will be entitled to a No Code Fellowship Certificate from ProductHood.

Fellowship certificate means that you have learned the fundamentals of building products using No Code Technologies.

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Many members have similar interest and want to partner with you.

In case you want to onboard your own friends then they must join the Pro membership.

It all depends on you, how big project you want to build. 

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It all depends on your availability and interest. You can finish in 1 week or 1 month. Choice is yours.

There are tons of No Code/Low Code resources available which you can use to launch your product.

Well yes, your time and efforts are required.

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Asad Mansoor

May 1, 2018

Being a product manager for my final year Software Engineering capstone project

U niversity is a great opportunity to experience different strategies. As I conclude my undergraduate degree in Software Engineering at McMaster University, I am tasked with a full-year project for my capstone design course. The faculty of engineering promotes a technical and functional design course which combines the practical knowledge of computer science, ability of producing technical documentations and final implementation of a solution with real impact. In other words, one full-year course summarizing a student’s accomplishments with their academic studies. As I journey through the course, there are lessons to be picked up at every milestone, whether it be learning how to work as a team, how to pick up on new technologies and most importantly, how to deliver a solution in a complete and correct state.

To shed some context regarding our capstone project. I’m currently working with five other students in their final year to tackle on a widespread problem in which every student has faced during their time in school. As higher education is becoming more accessible, the size of lectures are rapidly increasing and sometimes create more barriers in order to provide an effective means of learning. From our experiences as students, the act of interactivity between lectures could play a great role in modernizing education with the use of smartphones and smart gadgets. So much so, that bringing your own device to school are already being encouraged to students at an earlier stage. To resolve the lack of interactivity within classrooms, the capstone project focuses on creating an application designed to enhance discussions with peers and instructors, provide a means of assessing a student’s knowledge and allow students and instructors to take part in feedback exercises.

One of the biggest challenges we faced initially was managing the team as a whole. As we began the process of drafting our initial requirements and outputs, it became evident that managing a team of six would be a challenging process, especially if everyone is a full-time student focused on school and other commitments. We decided to split the large team of six people into three sub-teams with a designated team lead that handles most of communications between the teams. The Android, iOS and Backend team all had two members that would coordinate with their corresponding team members. This turned out to be a perfect balance for development as well, since the corresponding tasks would be divided amongst the two members.

Working on a large scale software application, it became a common trend to find the team go off-track and work on problems that were not required for the upcoming milestone. This led to a lot of delays and last-minute implementations for the proof of concepts and demos that involved various stakeholders such the instructor and teaching assistants. After the team being burnt one too many times, we decided to take a charge on how this project should be handled. So at this moment, we introduced a product roadmap to highlight our high level milestones with an addition to a Trello board to keep track of our low level tasks. Immediately after these tools were deployed, the team had a better idea on what they needed to implement and was more motivated than ever to deliver a great product.

Developing a roadmap required a lot of discussions on what the end result should be. As a team, we opted for the features that we all loved and believed were the main reason for the application to succeed and be useful for our users. Our roadmap outlined a four week timeline of the high level milestones that needed to be developed, which included a buffer period till the final submission of the project. One of the interesting aspects of the roadmap was shown as the ability for the cross-platform teams to work independently without being blocked by another team.

One of the greatest outcome from introducing a roadmap was that it allowed the team members to meet once a week to discuss their accomplishments, concerns and gain insights on how they can approach their obstacles in a collaborative environment.

The roadmap provides a high-level view on where the development will be heading towards and how much work is required for completion.

Granted that the high-level milestones are defined, the next step in the process was to divide the milestones into sub-tasks that would be enough for a single developer to complete in the time allocated. This is where Trello comes in handy.

The use of Trello provided a clear image on the progress of the ongoing tasks throughout the remainder of the sprint. Knowing the tasks ahead of time was a great way to organize around the schedule of classes, midterms and assignments. The development teams had access to all the boards on Trello to allow transparency between teams and can assign tasks to other team members on different platforms.

The Trello board is made of tasks that have been broken down from the high-level milestones. The goal of the exercise was to continuously break down a large problem into a series of smaller problems that can be solved by a single developer within that team in the allocated time frame.

Break down large problems into smaller problems that can be solved by single developer in a given time frame.

In addition, each Trello card represented a commit in the project’s GitHub repository. Not only these commits were used to track our progress, but they helped differentiate each feature and how they can go about being tested in the pre-production stage. As a result of deploying Trello into our development, each team member was more aware of their tasks that they had to complete and count the impact they have made on the overall product in the time span of eight months.

Main Lessons Learned

The capstone design course was so much more than programming a solution. It was a combined exercise of solving a problem that we were passionate about and adhering to a path of learning, planning, documenting and programming. As a software developer, experiences like these shed a light on the overall effort it takes to make a product successful. The source code plays a big role, but it is also the ability to work with other people and accommodate resources in a timely fashion to ensure that the product is tested and actually solves the problem. Even through, the capstone design course comes to an end, I believe there is still lots to learn as we move into a phase of launching our application for our users.

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MSPM Capstone Project

Course number: 46752.

The Capstone project is structured to cover many of the ongoing challenges that product managers, and the companies that employ them, face at any stage of a product’s lifecycle in partnership with an industry sponsor. Our MSPM graduate students work in teams (minimum 2 students). Paired with faculty mentors and their industry partners, teams produce product requirements, provide customer discovery, discover product/market fit, complete competitive research, create product marketing communications analysis, construct forecasts, generate pricing research and analysis, and other product management activities for an industry partner's existing or new products This 15-week course runs from August to December and gives each student two educational opportunities: 1. Put into practice the theory and learning from foundational courses 2. Obtain relevant and hands-on experience working on an industry-facing project.

Degree: MSPM Academic Year: 2022-2023 Semester(s): Fall Required/Elective: Elective Units: 12


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About the content.

In this six-week capstone course, you will gain practical management experience in a safe, simulated software production setting. You will apply Agile practices and techniques to conquer industry-inspired challenges. Interacting with a realistic client, you will discern what they want and express what they truly need in software requirements to drive software production. Upon completing the capstone, you will be prepared to advance your career as a confident software product management professional.


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This is an excellent course setting. The feeling of actually interacting with your Engineering teams and stake holder through first hand interactions via simulated decision tree events, digging into the requirements elicitation phase, excellent study material and video tutorials and opportunity to review and receive feedback from experienced peers was a great feeling. There's so much to SPM learn for a novice and learning it the right way first time is important; and this definitely was an amazing learning experience.


As founder of Seazen.fr, a click & go platform for the use of solar boats in the French Riviera, I wanted to learn about Software Management Processes and Agile. I found in this Mook useful learnings. Not only theoretical but also practices.I was impressed by the quality of the training content. There are 3 levels of MCQ during the videos, after the module and after the courses. Most of the questions are different, you never have the feeling of copy pastes. This is a lot of work I imagine. The peer review is a great concept both for having a feedback from your peers and for learning from the other works. The videos were high quality, even with interactive videos trees.The only issue is on the peer reviews for the course 6. As I progressed there were less peers work available for my correction. As a consequence, it took more time to get the certification despite the fact I already finished the specialization.Bravo to University of AlbertaGuillaume

This course would be great if it weren't for "peer-reviews"!!! There are plenty of people out there who simply cannot be bothered to go through peer reviewing as they should and just give out random points!!! It's extremely disappointing spending all the time, effort and money on what could be a great course, to then have someone give you unfair reviews. And the worst of it all Coursera does absolutely NOTHING about it!!! The best you can get from them are some automated template answers. They can't even bother to edit student's name on these templates! Very disappointed!!!

Fantastic course with a lot of interactive material to practice the principles of agile development. A lot of effort put into it, it is definitelly worth it.

Excellent specialization that has been masterfully planned by the University of Alberta, with educational and pedagogical resources of excellent quality !! The methodology they use, plus their content and the experience of their tutors, make it a great experience of knowledge and learning.

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