My course, Product Management for the Internet of Things, at Stanford Continuing Studies expands on my IoT Decision Framework and focuses on all the areas you need to consider when building an IoT product.
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By 2020, it’s estimated that 50 billion devices—from smartphones to kitchen appliances and well beyond—will be connected to the Internet.
This phenomenon is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). With this kind of explosive growth, consumer and industrial companies alike are seeking a new breed of business and technology professionals who can make the unique strategic decisions that IoT products require, and manage the added complexity and risk that IoT products present.
In this course, you’ll learn how to successfully create and manage products for the Internet of Things from a business and technology perspective.
First, we will examine the general principles of how an IoT solution works, from the devices that produce data, to the embedded software that sends data to the cloud, to the applications users interact with.
You’ll learn a step-by-step strategic framework for making IoT product decisions related to business strategy, user experience, technology, data, security, and industry regulation.
Throughout the course, you’ll work in teams to gain hands-on experience using this framework as we apply it to real-world IoT situations.
Whether you have a business, technology, or design background, this course will provide a well-rounded overview of what it takes to build products in the era of the Internet of Things.
No specific prior experience or knowledge is required, but experience working with technology products will be helpful.
Here’s What Students Are Saying
Kudos to Daniel’s Stanford Continuing Studies “Product Management for IoT” class! It was thought-provoking, insightful, and well structured using Daniel’s IoT Decision Framework.
David W. – Product Manager, San Francisco
Daniel’s class was very well designed and expertly executed.
Varsha K. – Software Engineer, Bay Area
As a professor Daniel really shines. He shows an incredible amount of passion in making sure his students learn and takes the time to connect with every single student to better understand what they want out of his class.
Akhil B. – Business Development Exec, San Francisco
Topics Covered in the Class
Classes combine lectures, interactive exercises, and hands-on team projects.
Week 1: Introduction
- Welcome and introductions
- The IoT landscape
- Key applications across industries
- Introduction to the IoT technology stack and the IoT Decision Framework
- Form project teams
Week 2: IoT User Experience (UX)
- Understanding your target users at each layer of the IoT technology stack
- Identifying IoT Personas (internal and external facing) across the IoT customer lifecycle
- Work on team project in-class: UX decisions
Week 3: IoT & Big Data
- How data flows through the IoT technology stack
- Sources of data
- Integration with 3rd party systems
- Work on team project in-class: Data decisions
Week 4: The Business of IoT
- Business models
- The IoT value chain
- Build vs. buy across the IoT technology stack
- Calculating cost across the IoT technology stack
- Work on team project in-class: Business decisions
Week 5: The Technology of IoT
- Embedded software
- Cloud platforms
- Applications (internal and customer-facing)
- Work on team project in-class: Technology decisions
Week 6: IoT Security and Standards & Regulations
- Security challenges in IoT
- Physical security
- Culture of security in your company
- Work on team project in-class: Security decisions
Standards & Regulations:
- Impact of standards & regulations to an IoT solution
- Work on team project in-class: Standards & Regulations decisions
Week 7 & 8: Team Presentations
- Each team presents highlights of their framework and roadmap
To register for the class, look for the course “Product Management for the Internet of Things (BUS-145)” on the Stanford Continuing Studies website.