Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Introduction to Product Management 2023

Aalto University and leading product experts organize an open lecture-series "Introduction to Product Management" this fall. You are welcome to join the individual sessions, live at the campus or online!

Product management as a role and a function

Product management is one of the most crucial competencies for startups and scale-ups. Combining customer needs and realities of production during fast growth call for a strong vision and ability to coordinate the requirements of customer needs, development, and business development. 

"Introduction to product management" addresses product management as a professional role and as an organizational function. It introduces the tools and concepts that individual products managers can use to create and maintain coordination among the multiple stakeholders within design, marketing, business development and product development. It also introduces concepts to understand and evaluate organisations and their approaches and competences in product management.

Product-stream Sept 25th (external link)

Stream for PM-lecture, "Product management and company lifecycle"

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Product management and company lifecycle

Session 6 on Product Management -lectures

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Schedule & Content

The course runs for 6 weeks, twice a week, starting from September 4th.

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Videos and materials

The content of the course is divided into three themes: 1) Product management, 2) Product organization, and 3) Product leadership. Videos for the lectures and further readings and materials for each session are collected on each theme.

Part 1: Product management

The key dimensions of the product

Three dimensions of product management: users, development, and business

Part 2: Product Organisation

Who and how does the product decision?

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How to join the sessions?

You can either come to hear the experts on campus or follow the sessions online.

Developed with leading experts

Product management is a hot and wide topic, with a lot of noise and opinions around it. Ideas are either very specific and particular, or then it is just that "it all depends...".

This course cuts through the product management and gives you a basis to make sense of it. This course has been created and organised from the start with the leading Finnish product management experts. In addition to the this year's line-up, there has been double the amount of experts that have contributed to ideation, crafting, and structuring of the course.

    Photo of Marko Oksanen

    Marko Oksanen, CEO at Coventures

    Photo of Kaisa Salakka

    Kaisa Salakka, VP of Product at Wolt

    Photo of Udo Szabo

    Udo Szabo, Director HW Products at ŌURA

    Photo of Terhi Hänninen

    Terhi Hänninen, Product manager at Google

    Photo of Otto Hilska

    Otto Hilska, Founder & CEO at Swarmia

    Photo of Noora Ahmed-Moshe

    Noora Ahmed-Moshe, Senior Product Manager at Hoxhunt

    Photo of Tommi Ylinen

    Tommi Ylinen,Chief Product Officer at RELEX Solutions

    Photo of Maria Petrova

    Maria Petrova, VP of Product at TWAICE

    Photo of Osma Ahvenlampi

    Osma Ahvenlampi, Tech & product leader

    photo of Heta Ruikka

    Heta Ruikka, VP of Product Management at Sievo

    Photo of Janetta Ekholm

    Janetta Ekholm, Head of Agile Delivery & Product Management, Futurice

    Photo of Mikko Jääskeläinen

    Mikko Jääskeläinen, Associate professor at Aalto University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management

    News and events

    Introduction to Product Management starts!

    An open course on Product Management starts with the its first lecture

    A new course on product management launching this autumn

    The introductory course on product management will be piloting in the second period.


    Product management for global competition

    Managing product when tight coordination and execution is crucial.

    Product management presented as overlap of users, business and engineering
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