NISO Announces Spring Training Series on Product Management


Updated information about the course moderator, the start date of May 14, and specific sessions are available on the NISO event page

Course Objective

The past decade has seen a transformation in the way that information products and services are built with the shift to agile development methodologies. Agile approaches advocate incremental development driven by cross-functional, self-directed teams. Unlike more traditional waterfall methodologies, Agile allows teams to learn and adapt their approach along the way, validating that what they are building actually meets user needs. However, adopting agile does not mean doing away with planning all together and scaling agile to larger projects can be a challenge. Discipline and good practices are still required to ensure that resources are used wisely and overall project goals are met.

This training course is aimed at early- to mid-career professionals developing information products and services in the publishing, library technology and scholarly communications communities. Whether developing free, open-source services for the community or more traditional paid-for services, attendees will hear about key aspects of agile product development and project management for seasoned practitioners who have gained hard-won experience about what works and what doesn’t. 

By the end of the course, attendees will have a good understanding of:

  • The stages of agile product development

  • Techniques for planning, managing and tracking agile projects  

  • The distinct roles that make up an agile team

  • The key behaviors and processes which are important for success

Additional details about specific sessions are available on the NISO event page

Course Duration and Dates

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Thursday, July 2, 2020. The series consists of eight (8) segments, one per week and each lasting approximately 60-90 minutes (11:00am - 12:30pm, US. Eastern Daylight). 

Guest lecturers will be featured in specific segments, as the course moderator deems appropriate. 

Each session will be recorded and links to that archived recording will be disseminated to course registrants within 2 business days of the close of the specific session. 

Registration Information

Registration closes on May 21, 2020 05:00pm

To register: Register online by credit card

Downloadable Form


  • Early Bird Registration: Register before April 30, and pay a discounted rate of USD $750.00.
  • Register after April 30 and pay USD $850.00


  • Early Bird Registration: Register before April 30, and pay a discounted rate of USD $825.00
  • Register after April 30 and pay USD $925.00

Please note that it is not possible to register for individual program segments or lectures.