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The road to Product: How my engineering background got me to product management and the lessons I’ve learned.

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Liza Mash Levin
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Transitioning from software engineering to PM

  • PM is a mix of UX, tech, and business
  • Role involves defining product roadmaps, directly connecting with customers, working with people
  • A next step in your career should not have too many drastic changes
  • Emphasize shared qualities between engineering and PM
  • Take advice from peers and managers

PM key capabilities

  • Focus on the what, not the how: understand the purpose of the feature
  • Lead with empathy: hold meaningful conversations
  • Juggle between details and the big picture
  • Make decision based on customer feedback
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