Case Study: Transition from Engineering to a Product Management Role
Dibya Prakash, ICPM CLASS OF SUMMER 2013
Dibya Prakash was working as an Engineering Manager and was always willing to co-ordinate with the other team members during the different phases of SDLC, whether it is QA, Engineering, Operations/Support or pre-sales/Sales; he invariably used to take initiative in managing projects as well as other teams to accomplish their successful completion.
"If you love what you are doing and are willing to invest in learning how to do it better, you will definitely be successful."
Dibya Prakash could feel what exactly he has been passionate about all this while!
He could realise that something is amiss and his hunger to gain more knowledge about Product Management is not being satiated so far, he is of course not paying attention to his intense passion to expand his knowledge and learn more about Product Management. And he surely did not want to miss the boat.
He decided that he would not wait any further and will get some hand-on experience on Product Management. However, due to his lack of industry experience (in PM) and several best practices which are widely followed, he started looking for some short precise professional course, something which could help him solve this problem and enable him to achieve his goal at the same time.
And what he explicitly wanted was:
An MBA or a similar degree/certification which will build the gap between a pure engineering guy and a management one.
Quick Transition from his current profile to a product management role. Precise short-term professional courses which can give him all the necessary tools, to better showcase his current capabilities in a very professional manner.
Dibya Prakash’s Search for a precise yet short Product Management program finally got over when he heard about ICPM program:
After reviewing the syllabus of this program; he found this particular perfectly matches his requirements from all different angles. The ICPM curriculum appeared ideal to him as the product lab idea concept started by IPL could enable him
And soon the changes were visible in his outlook......
This was a complete practical oriented approach which provided an end to end understanding of the complete productizing process.
The course taught him:
| How to build 360 degree self-confidence.
| Products are customer centric; hence Market and Customer research is the key for a good product design.
| Prototyping: Prototyping is a low cost approach to validate an idea. It’s more like designing a minimum viable product to prove that the idea works.
| The mindset of a product management professional within a company - the “CEO or general manager” of the product – is a key to the long-term success of the products and the company.
“Experiential learning by “doing” where every participant is allowed to bring his own Idea or work on a problem identified by mentors and product industry execs in the community and interestingly, the participants could earn some brownie points as well.
So all these inspired him to increase his knowledge and learn more about the Product Management and take up ICPM course at IPL.
Though course timing was a biggest challenge for Dibya as his office hour was till 8 PM and he used to reach home by 10.30 PM, so, he decided to seek management approval to take up this program from the office itself and what came as a “blessing in disguise” was that he could avoid commuting in the peak traffic hours. Moreover, at the same time he also knew that he will not have to burn the midnight oil for very long as the duration and curriculum of the course is perfectly designed for busy professionals.
"The best thing that Dibya Prakash likes and praises about this program is that even after the completion of the course, the institute still supports and mentors its alumni and they can seek assistance whenever required."