Should non-technical entrepreneurs get product management training?


So this is my case: 1) I don't know programming

2) I don't know much about product management

3) I don't have a team nor do I have a prototype/idea yet.

So would I be better off : a) training myself about product management

b) Or should I go out and look for technical-founders instead of doing this training.

I am talking about
product management (agile and non-agile) training
which companies like provide (not programming training):

1) Agile PM: 2) Non-Agile PM: What you think ?

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asked Dec 12 '11 at 23:21
Drew X
77 points

2 Answers


I think it would be a waste of time/money. I have done this course, and whilst I learnt a couple of things from it, I think it's the sort of thing that you would do to have on your resume more than for the knowledge learnt. If you want knowledge, read a book or two, you will save a lot of money and learn more (I would recommend learning about scrum, not that I suggest it's the best methodology, but it would be very though provoking and of a similar vein to the course).

Also not that you asked, what exactly are you planning to bring to the party? Startups are hard, they are hard when you are skilled in the field. You are lowering your chances by not having expertise in this area. I would gain a relevant skill set before trying to get into the startup game, and I don't mean a 2 day course, I mean really get some expertise either in your spare time or professionally if you can. Get yourself to a point where you can justify your value in the team.

answered Dec 12 '11 at 23:49
Joel Friedlaender
5,007 points
  • well I know little bit of marketing side, and maybe little bit of sales/doing deals, customer funnel/email list – Drew X 12 years ago


Just to elaborate on the key point Joel touched on, you can bring one of 4 things to a startup:

  1. Skills
  2. Idea(s)
  3. Money
  4. People
If you're bring none of these, there's no course in the world that can correct this. I would say go and work for someone else for at least 3-5 years and review your position then.
answered Dec 13 '11 at 01:10
David Benson
2,166 points
  • With a weighting of 30%, 10%, 30%, 30% respectively in terms of actual importance to the success of the company. – Umassthrower 12 years ago

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