Jun 25, 2019
The is one of the most gruelling capstone projects I have worked on. Beats the physical deal in some aspects if you ask me. Definitely worth the time and effort invested
Sep 15, 2017
Great course with lots of good material and assignments. Video content gives a thorough insight to the different subjects and makes it easier to complete assignments.
von Alexandre R J•
Oct 31, 2016
I think it was a wonderful experience.
I liked the theory introduction of Course 1 when we learned about the Agile Manifesto and we have been teach why processes, requirements, planning and monitoring matter. Personally, it was a nice review for what I have learned in my mastering and, earlier, when taking my Bachelor’s degree.
I also enjoyed the Course 2, specially when it came to Agile methodologies explanation. I learned many things about Lean and Scrum practices that I hadn’t known or I hadn’t remembered by that time.
Course 3 is, by far, the one I enjoyed and learned more. In my mastering thesis I used a lot of usability techniques, I also studied many of these and I kinda enjoyed the way wireframes were emphasized. The exercise to draw a wireframe was awesome. It was really fun to do it and check what my colleagues did. It was also nice to learn about user stories standards and acceptance tests, I am using a lot of what we learned in my current job.
Course 4 was cool, too. I liked to see many techniques working together, such as WBS, User Story points, Pert Charts and so on. However, I felt a little bit lost when I was taking the course, not knowing exactly where was the exact place of each technique. I am very experienced with project management, so it was not that hard, but I was wondering about my colleagues who were seeing these subjects for, maybe, the first or second time in their lives. I think it could be the most tiring course, even though the topics were pretty important and very well explained.
Course 5 was a good one. It’s not everybody who gives attention to monitoring and retrospectives. As far as retrospectives is concerned, it was really nice to learn every step we should go over in this kind of meeting. I have been working in this field for a while and I have never seen a project retrospective taking place, so it was nice to learn about this and realize it could work if we put some energy on it.
Course 6. The Capstone Project. It was amazing. By far the best course of these six. Every week was pretty good, with a good amount of scenarios and practices. I loved the “RPG” style of the simulations, also, it was really nice going over each sprint, checking, working and changing the plans accordingly. You guys from Alberta rocked, as far as this capstone is concerned.
I wish you could put more of this kind of practice along the whole course. Sometimes the exercises of the courses 1 to 5 were too much theoretical, so it would be nice to see this kind of “capstone scenario applied to that”. Also, I think it would be nice to take a “Capstone Part 2” course where other problems could arise and we can face harder practices. I noticed as you guys from Alberta that the forum was a little bit quiet. I think one way to make it more active is to put the students in situations that they are not so sure about, so they will be “obligated” to discuss. I think this “advanced capstone” could do that. This is my suggestion, I hope you think about it!
Finally, it was a pleasure to be with you and learn everything I learned. I don’t regret that I decided to take the whole specialization. Also, i want to say thank you all my colleagues who spent time checking my answers and my mistakes. I learned a lot from you too, guys!
von Sixto Y G V•
Mar 06, 2019
With only two days class many people said they are Scrum Master or Product Owner, with this specialization you can be a good Software Product Management.
This a fantastic specialization, I lean a lot of thinks trough the 6 courses: process, requirements, planning, metrics and practical experience. Definitely a 5 star score is deserved, because the specialization have great material, video, exercises and off course fantastic teachers and participants, The more you know about a subject, the easy you can explain it, and with this specialization I acquired much more confidence in SPM.
My favourite part of the specialization is the capstone, because you can practice all the things learned, also I enjoyed the pair assignments, because while you do the reviews, you can also reinforcing the knowledge.
I think that for the next iteration, you can improve:
the decision tree, becase they do not have subtitles, and for not native English speakers this can be a little difficult. Also some times many days pass with your assignments in "grading in process" state.The metrics course need more practical assignments, because many people have problems with the burndown charts and the PDF was not enough, maybe a step by step video.
Again, thanks for this class, I really enjoyed and learned many thinks.
von Frederico F C•
Mar 13, 2019
I must say that I am completed astonished with this course. When I started it I wasnt so sure that an online course would enlight me with new knowledge because I consider myself a specialist in agile practices but it turns out that I've learned a lot. The teaching style of the course was amazing since the begining. The teachers have explained detailed facts that I was used to ignore and now I can see that they were useful and important to follow.
von Paolo L•
Nov 16, 2017
The course is a real-life simulation of the Product Management role on a small product. The stakeholder and team meetings simulations (decision trees) are excellent, and provide a good way to understand what would happen based on your decisions. Unfortunately, after the third week the course becomes a bit repetitive. The graded exercises become similar to each other, and very few unexpected or challenging situations happen.
In summary: excellent wrap-up for the SPM specialization, unfortunately lacks challenges in the second half of the course
von Alexey K•
Jan 04, 2019
This one was amazing (but I would suggest to use 2 peers instead of 3...)
von Syed S A•
Mar 07, 2019
This course Give you insight of the Project ...Problems which projects usually faced ...
von Vinicius K•
Mar 07, 2019
all in all, very good.
von Esmaeil S•
Jan 30, 2017
von Andreia M•
Jul 21, 2017
I've been waiting for the end of the Capstone project to review all courses of the specialization. I want to check how they interact and how would the concepts be applied. I couldn't be more satisfied! This specialization is very complete and focused on the main topic "Software Product Management". Although there are several additional resources for us to deeply analyse a concept that interest us, the overall course gives you the necessary view of all options available without becoming to generic. I really recommend this specialization and congratulate all the team involved on developing this course. Thanks!
von Samuel D•
Nov 04, 2017
Really well thought out and a good learning experience
von Vinodh R•
Apr 29, 2018
von Azadeh R•
Oct 24, 2017
really enjoyed it!
von Alexey P•
Nov 05, 2016
Great practice for theory achieved by 5 courses
von Olayinka A A•
May 31, 2018
This is very great!!
von Yanilka S•
Feb 16, 2017
von Jocelyn L•
Dec 17, 2017
Definitely the project that make you apply everything you learned in the previous courses
von Kevin P•
Feb 23, 2018
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.
von Marleen S•
Oct 24, 2016
Very well designed, interesting content and very responsive staff!
von Weiqiang Y•
Oct 22, 2018
definitely recommended as the introduction course for Software Product Management
von Claudio C•
Aug 15, 2018
von Eliana M C B•
Dec 22, 2017
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.
von Kattia C•
Dec 17, 2017
Great "graduation" project. I learned tons from this course. I want to thank the instructors for putting together this specialization.
von Diana T•
Jul 15, 2016
Great experience! You'll learn a lot!
von Miguel A S M•
Oct 16, 2016
Excellent! Just enrol and do it. The best course/specialization in Coursera so far.
von Alexander A E•
Jun 29, 2016
Muy didáctico. Para mi fue como aplicar lo aprendido en un proyecto real.
Lo recomiendo !