Todd Birchard | Data Engineering, Product Management, Everything Tech.

Data Engineering, Big Data, and Other Vague Vocabulary

The cross-section of software engineering and data science is home to an unusual culture of gatekeeping.
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A Question Unanswered: "Why Did You Want to Become a Product Manager?"

If more Product Managers could answer this question, we'd have better Product Managers.
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The Great Divide

It's been 9 months since I last called myself a product manager. Having faced my qualms with the profession as a whole, the transition to a more technical role felt like a natural choice.
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Ideas Are Cheap

Ideas are currently overvalued. As economic tech bubbles have come and gone, this discrepancy is a fossil of times which have already left us. A company which overemphasizes a PM's ability to strategize big-picture is a company behind the times of what is important.
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Do PMs Need To Be Technical?

Product management messaging boards are typically filled with timeless clich├ęs, most of which are questions from aspiring product managers. Of the usual inquiries young PMs have, there is one in particular which I find to be misrepresented: *"Do I need a technical background to be a good PM?"*
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