Associate Product Manager Program Blueprint

03 Jan 2019

I’m working with several others to improve the experience of Associate Product Managers in government and wanted to see what we could learn from outside government. Lots of organisations have Associate Product Manager prgorams and I found a list of them at the Product Managment Insider in a post called The 15 Best Associate and Rotational Product Manager Programs by Suhas Motwani. The design of these programs was extremely similar so I’ve created an Associate Product Manager Program Blueprint based on the common features of some of the based programs out there. Hope it’s of use!

Label: Associate Product Manager Program

Goal: To develop future product leaders, often ‘from scratch’, using ‘rotations’, mentoring, and a strong community to accelerate development

Duration: 12-24 months

Format: Cohorts of APMs (ranging in size from 4-5, to 40-50) undertaking 2-4 ‘rotational’ placements

Candidate characteristics: University graduate (possibly from subjects like computer science, business, or psychology) and existing professionals with expertise in a relevant field.

Core features and benefits of program:

End result: Associate Product Managers ‘graduate’ to full Product Manager if they successfully complete the program.