The program matches each student in Product Management 101 with two association members who will serve as project mentors for the duration of the course.
Harvard professor Tom Eisenmann created the course with Google product manager Prem Ramaswami, who serves as its teaching fellow.
In a statement describing the course, Eisenmann said: “The [course] is all about learning-by-doing. Students’ learning will be amplified by the lessons of experience as they work with volunteer mentors from the BPMA (Boston Product Management Association). We’re extremely grateful to the BPMA and its members for the generous support they are providing to the next generation of product managers.”
Projects from the course’s pilot last year included a revamp of Harvard Business School’s MBA Elective Curriculum course selection tool, a taxi sharing mobile application, and a Web app for students to organize pick-up sports games, the press release said. Mentors meet with their graduate student once a month during the fall semester, or more often if they choose. Mentors also allow for job-shadowing opportunities.