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Community Wisdom: Transitioning from IC to PM manager, visualizing your product flows, negotiating salary, effici…

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Transitioning from IC to manager of PMs

  • Might become less fun because you might spend all your time managing up/down/horizontal vs. actual product work
  • Might happen organically as the work scope is increased to manage multiple products

Visualizing your product flows

  • Tools
    • OmniGraffle - awesome flowcharting tools
    • Whimsical - fast to use
    • Figma - good for flows
    • Miro - high fidelity + flows
    • Lucidchart
  • Start with a vague wireframe for each screen first, then customized some of the screens to match up the UI
  • Screenshots instead of actual mockups/wireframes will save you time if you're just trying to explain data flows

Value of self-serve product demos

  • Always have either a demo space or preset examples
  • Focus on high intent customers and rework our onboarding to include elements from the demo

Negotiate salary

  • Think deeply about what are you truly willing to commit to
  • Nuance to one point
    • Add at least 10% to that amount when you approach your manager
    • The approach for the salary convo with your boss/skip should be: "I really do want to stay, but I can't ignore this offer of $X that I just got"

Conducting efficient customer interviews

  • Efficient interviews are not necessarily fast
  • Let go of the reins and be _with _the person you are interviewing
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