Fun Full Class Photo Past Spring 2023 for Product Management

Course Description

Product Managers play an increasingly critical role in modern technology companies. They are charged with ensuring an organization is laser focused on creating valuable and highly usable products and services, to address pain-points and unmet-needs for their target customers. In this course, students will learn essential Product Management skills by putting theory into practice, on a product or idea of your choosing. You will learn techniques to accelerate product success and avoid common mistakes. You will work in a team comprising of students from engineering, design, business and other backgrounds. This will simulate real-world cross-functional environments where people with different skills collaborate to build a successful product.

Learning Outcomes
  • Experience a live development of a product within the context of a product development process
  • Learn common methods used in product management
  • Gain experience needed to work as product managers in real life environments.
  • Workload hours/week outside of class are expected to be 3-4, no longer 5-6, hours on average while maintaining student learning.
  • ChatGPT is allowed since product managers and industry leverage, but activities remain designed to think critically and demonstrate learning.
Who is this class for?

Students from all majors, both undergraduate and graduate, are welcome and encouraged. This course is recommended for any student who wants to explore life as a Product Manager, may work in a related field closely with Product Managers, or is interested in exploring a career that spans many aspects of business and technology.

***Instructor Permission is required to enroll in this course by completing the application survey.***


You don’t need to waitlist to complete the application survey, so you can save your Phase 1 credit allocations for other classes while still applying for this one. If you are accepted into the course, you can enroll at that point.

Cal Students: Please apply with your CalCentral email by 12/3/2023 or 1/3/2024 PST to receive enrollment decisions around mid-December 2023 and early-January 2024.

Global / International Students: Please also apply on CalCentral by 1/8/2024 PST to receive enrollment decisions in January 2024. For questions, please contact

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Derek Chan

Derek S. Chan has been an AI product leader, helping and Automation Anywhere reach their highest-ever customer satisfaction and/or revenue growth, plus #1 AP Automation 2020-21 and the IT World Award 2018. He was AI Product Director at, explored greater personal meaning with Berkeley SkyDeck’s incubator and FutureSight’s venture studio, and now co-founds a new AI startup with Inception Studio. 

Whether or not AI is involved, Derek is passionate about mentoring people from diverse backgrounds in valuable product management skills. He has taught students in popular SCET courses — Product Management and Data-X — and was surprised to co-receive the SCET Award for Best Instructor, spring 2023. He is an alum of UC Berkeley’s Master of Information and Data Science, where he co-received the Hal R. Varian Award then informal Google partnership, while working at Yahoo! (which acquired BrightRoll).

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