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

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Hi Sasha.. thanks for the AMA. I have a couple of questions:

  • Do you have any advice for engineers who are looking to transition into a PM role?
  • What are some of your favourite books or resources related to Product Management?
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Product Management @GitHub

Engineering transition:

In my career, I transitioned through first doing other customer-facing roles, like consulting and technical sales. Look into gaining skills at communicating with customers, and communicating across teams in your organization.

Books:

  1. I really like the book "Platform Revolution". It is not about product management in a traditional sense, but it gives insight into why some products are becoming highly successful in this new connected era.
  2. "The Customer-Driven Playbook" is a book about the hypothesis progression framework and converting customer feedback into product success. It emphasizes the importance of collecting customer feedback, instead of just trusting your own assumptions.
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Product Management @GitHub

Also, please consider my answer to Marcus Hicks, as I think the Maker vs Manager framework is very helpful in understanding this transition.