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

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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Culture Over Rules

Technology startups are often dominated by Caucasian males preaching the importance of culture. This irony should be lost on no one... in the boom of entrepreneurship and investing, the intangible concept of togetherness became an undeniable metric for success.
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