How can I best invest in developing my skill set (and resume)?

My employer provided me with some money to use toward a program or certification of my choice.

Product management, project management, digital strategy, and implementations are areas in which I am interested.

I’ve only completed PSM I and Kellogg’s data analytics so far.

What would be your advice?


I would use some funds into a modest PM library, a few worthwhile app subscriptions, and (my personal favorite) the purchase of a few domain names for use in a personal portfolio.

I just realized your query was regarding the course. Most courses don’t impress me, but if you have enough leeway room.


Personal portfolio? Please tell me more about it…

Products or projects you start with friends? Or consult for clients?


@AlanaMartin, something that displays your skills, passions, or achievements to the world. It may be a blog (not one of my favorites), an illustration of a game or utility you created, etc. It can be anything that showcases your creativity and expertise. The possibilities are endless when it comes to sharing your skills, passions, or achievements with the world, and the impact you can make is immeasurable in inspiring and empowering others.

For coding examples and news articles, I utilize GitHub and LinkedIn, respectively. For professional networking and connecting with like-minded individuals in my industry. LinkedIn is a great platform. LinkedIn is a great platform for inspiring and empowering others through its wide network of professionals who share similar goals and interests and can offer valuable insights and support.


Do you have any suggestions for app subscriptions?


@JoelSchulman, I can think of Figma (design), Google Analytics, or an open-source alternative. At the same time, look for “product management tools” on Google. I would recommend checking out popular apps in the App Store or asking friends for recommendations. There are also websites and online communities dedicated to reviewing and recommending app subscriptions. These resources can provide valuable insights and help you make informed decisions on which app subscriptions to choose.


Reforge’s courses on product strategy, engagement, retention, and growth are all good. Next up on my list is the course by Gopratice; this is something I haven’t tried, though. I’m excited to see how it compares to Reforge’s courses in terms of content and quality and if it can provide valuable insights and learning opportunities. I’m hoping it will exceed my expectations and offer a fresh perspective on the subject matter. I can’t wait to dive in and start learning.


@MariaWilson, I’m trying to shift careers and am simply looking at Reforge to get into the PM realm. Can anyone in this room endorse the application? I have heard great things about it.


Which courses did you find most valuable at Reforge?


The Mastering Product Management course, in my opinion, contained some worthwhile gold nuggets.

I also enjoyed watching Product Strategy, and I’ve heard excellent things about the Product Leadership Course as well.

However, their little mini-projects that guide you through fixing problems in specific specialty situations were what I enjoyed the most.

Having said that, there is a slight lack of information for professions that need extreme specialization, such as platform product management or API/AI product management. I’m hoping they fill those holes eventually because they’d be very helpful.


I enjoy product leadership as a director of products. All the courses were taken by various PMs, who thoroughly loved them all. I am excited to see how they continue to improve and expand their offerings, eventually, because they’d be very helpful for our team and the overall growth of the company.

I believe a subscription would allow you to access them all. The content is also available for you to read or watch whenever you like. The lectures go well, and the information is excellent. The courses provided a valuable learning experience for our team and helped us improve our skills in leadership. Overall, it was definitely worth it. Overall, it was definitely worth it, and we would highly recommend it to others who are looking to enhance their leadership skills and excel in their professional careers.


Check out this course by Shreyas Doshi on It is a great resource for learning PMing and improving your management skills. It covers

  • How to craft your product career path

  • How to systematically grow your competence

  • How to shortlist companies (and pick the right ones)

  • How to get hired, Part 1

  • How to get hired, Part 2

  • How to choose the right offer for you

  • How to get recognition in your company

  • Review and reflection

  • Bonus: How to handle the tech job downturn

  • Plus: 2 in-depth Q&A sessions

(All Zoom sessions are live, taught by Shreyas, and include interactive exercises and real-world case studies.)

He is legitimate. Since his training is intended just for senior PMs and product leaders, I haven’t taken it. But from those who have used it, I’ve heard some incredible things. It seems like his Maven course is highly recommended.


I have a really low opinion of courses right now; I believe it to be the Wild West. For a PM to be qualified, there are no industry-recognized criteria. Finding a decent product coach is something I’d advise; they shouldn’t consume your entire budget for six sessions. (I demand £700 or $800 for six sessions spread out over a maximum of 12 weeks.)

The aforementioned perspective is clearly skewed because I had excellent instruction before becoming a product coach. Someone mentioned Shreyas Doshi; his stuff on LI is excellent, so I have no doubt that his courses will be excellent as well. You might do that in addition to comparing other courses because the majority of instructors offer free introductory calls.

Good luck, and I hope a ‘non-course’ perspective is helpful!

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I’m going to deviate from the norm here.

What if you used that money to acquire knowledge in coding, design, research, or any other field? (I believe that learning to code is quite beneficial.) I believe that most of the courses I’ve taken have been disappointing (I haven’t taken them, but I’ve heard good things about reforge). Although it’s not necessary for a PM to be skilled in coding or design, I’ve found that it definitely helps in developing positive connections with teammates from those teams. I believe that, in general, people appreciate it if you show an interest in their hobbies, and your interactions will be much more intelligent and effective as a result.

I’m a little biased, so even if it’s unrelated to what a PM does, I don’t think working is worth nearly as much as taking classes. You will still be doing things that project managers do at their employment if you develop or design something as a side project.