AMA: I'm Sasha Rosenbaum. Product Manager at GitHub, Author, and Speaker. Ask me Anything!

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What does your role "Product Manager" look like on a day to day basis? What steps do I need to take to build up my career towards becoming a Product Manager?

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Product Management @GitHub

I will assume here that you are coming from a development background.

There is a framework that I find useful for describing the difference between Development and PM schedules - Maker vs Manager (link to a blog below). As a PM, you are a manager, even if you don't manage a team. Most of your day is spent in communicating with other people - communicating with your engineering team, other teams inside of your organization, your customers, external community.

I would advise on:

  1. Understanding if you like "management" tasks. In the beginning of my career, I strongly preferred development work, as it was my creative outlet. It's important to understand that the PM job is very different, and you may or may not enjoy that kind of day-to-day work.
  2. Honing your communication skills.