Starting as a product manager

over 4 years ago from , Ux Designer


In February I will change jobs and will start a new opportunity as a product manager for a startup. After 5 years of service and digital product design the time has come to make the change for me. I was always interested in the parts where I could set out strategy and communicate with clients.

But because i'm starting as a junior. I would love to hear all of your stories, learnings, books to read, how to prepare myself, frameworks you use, etc etc.

Thanks upfront.


  • CTodd LombardoCTodd Lombardo, over 4 years ago

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    6 points
  • Matt BaxterMatt Baxter, over 4 years ago

    Congrats on the new job! I made the switch from designer to product manager about 3 years ago, also into a startup. Since you're joining a startup, you'll probably be doing some design work along with your product responsibilities. I've really enjoyed the world of product.

    If its possible, I would recommend that you attend one of Marty Cagan's workshops. It gave me some great tools and frameworks for understanding the role and job of a product manager.

    Here are some book suggestions that have really helped me out in navigating product management:

    3 points
  • Andrew C, over 4 years ago

    Nothing wrong w being a product manager but it bothers me in the depths of my being most designers feel they have to switch over to PM in order to do meaningful product strategy.

    I personally like Jared Spools "no as a strategy" idea. No is the default answer when adding new features and it's the job of the PM/designer/exec to do enough research to get that no to a yes.

    1 point
  • Marc Obieglo, over 4 years ago

    why'd you made the switch? I'm currently thinking where my career could be heading. i would like to stay close to product, but not as a ui designer anymore.

    1 point
  • Andu PotoracAndu Potorac, over 4 years ago

    This should help: http://svpg.com.

    0 points
  • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, over 4 years ago

    I'm not a product manager, but I know our biggest pain point is lack of feature road map or prioritization in the upcoming sprints. Mainly because we inundated with requests when X feature being worked on.

    0 points
  • Pedro PintoPedro Pinto, over 4 years ago

    Congratulations Craig. Are you going to be the only PM in the company?

    0 points