My Journey from Senior Developer to Product Manager
TL;DR: As a developer with an entrepreneurial mindset, I realized I could make a greater impact in the world of product management.
For over 14 years, I’ve been a full-time software developer, coding even before that as a hobby. Throughout my career, I’ve never been satisfied with “just doing my job.” I always had side projects, some of which evolved into paid products enjoyed by many users.
When I wasn’t working on a side project, my focus was on developing product features to bring value to users. As time went on, I began to lose interest in honing my development skills and improving the build environment, instead preferring to add customer-facing features.
My curiosity led me to explore who was using our products, why, and how we could enhance their value. I yearned to be closer to the business side of things.
On my 40th trip around the sun, I transitioned from a software developer to a product manager role at Bringg. This change was an ideal fit for the company, as I was already familiar with most aspects of the business. My new role allowed for a smooth transition, where I could apply my technical knowledge and experience to the product while also addressing customer and market needs.
Transitioning will have challenges like shifting my mindset from technical details to the broader business context. Luckily I am joining a well established product group and will mentorship from experienced product managers so I can quickly gain a deeper understanding of product management methodologies.
Strong collaboration between product managers and developers is crucial. My background as a senior developer enables me to better understand the development team’s needs and constraints, facilitating more effective collaboration.
I’m excited to see where this new path will lead me in the future. As a product manager, I can now leverage my unique blend of development expertise and business knowledge to drive even more value for our users and our company.
I had a little help from ChatGPT, an AI language model developed by OpenAI, in re-editing, re-posting and improving this blog post. I wanted to ensure the best possible content for my readers, and collaborating with AI has been a valuable part of that process.”