What were the main challenges you faced going from a technical role to a Product Management one?

Question I know this may be a broad question, but I would be curious what the main challenges you faced going from a more technical role to a more broad program management one. Would you mind I ask? Lucy M. Chief Technology Officer Ala Shiban. Group Product Manager Answer Hey Lucy, I don’t mind at all.  Three challenges come to mind as I made the switch from engineering. Outcomes thinking The first was learning to focus on the goal and

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I don’t love software development and I like product, should I switch?

Question I was wondering if you think it would be wise for me to pursue an Associate Product Management role immediately, or join a company as a software engineer then make a switch? Max D. Software Engineer Context Hey Ala! Thanks again for taking the time to help me out. For a little context about me and my current state, right now I work as a software developer at a small boutique consulting firm where I develop software for the

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How can I position myself to get a UX Research summer internship in 2020?

Hi Ala, so sorry for the late response! So, I studied sociology at UCLA, and while I was there, I got interested in UX. I took a few UX courses and determined I was more interested in the research side rather than design. However, not having any formal UX experience, I didn’t feel prepared to apply for jobs.  I started working in nonprofit fundraising, specifically in database management. Still, I had some interest in UX, so I applied to a

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Working with managers who think UX is only UI design

Question Hey Ala I’m a UX manager that specializes in research. I find it a bit of a struggle to manage ux/ui designers because creating UI deliverables has such a strong emphasis at my company. UI seems to be the measure of “accomplishment”, and not so much the research that goes into it. I’m wondering if you have any tips for creating value around my research strengths? thnx Joe B. UX Design Manager This is quite an interesting problem. I

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“Wondering if you think it would be wise for me to pursue an Associate Product Management role immediately”

My Question I was wondering if you think it would be wise for me to pursue an Associate Product Management role immediately. I know that my background is not in product so it may be difficult, but I think I have enough general knowledge of building products and product management through my past experiences. I can include my resume which will go into more detail about my product experience Yasar K Software Engineer Background Hey Ala! Thanks again for taking

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