Hot Tips is a constantly growing, curated collection of candid advice by and for product people.
Think of it as a precious piece of advice you wish you had received when you started building products. It’s a short snippet of wisdom that helps you do things differently.
Contributing a Hot Tip it the fastest way to reach 3,000+ makers from all over Europe. Your daily grind might be their ‘aha moment’!
1. Write your Tip following the guidelines below.👇
2. Submit the Tip through Typeform.
3. Wait patiently! The Tip will undergo some scrutiny by our Hot Tip Catcher, who will then decide whether to publish it (we may tweak the content for clarity).
4. Watch out! Every week we’ll pick the best Hot Tips and share them with the community in the JAM newsletter. Look out for yours! 👀
Your Tip can belong to one of the three categories.
📖 Be as open as you can: share insider knowledge, something people won’t have come across before. A Hot Tip reveals how you do things.
🎨 Show, don’t (just) tell: talking about your roadmapping process? How about including a screenshot of the tool you use? There’s nothing better than seeing your ‘behind-the-scenes’.
💌 Keep it short and personal: aim for 200 words max, and word it like you’re helping a friend out.
🔧 Share tools: offer readers an opportunity to explore the topic. Link to at least one helpful ebook or article that helped you in the past.
As an engineer you're creating the product. Your knowledge and experience sets you up nicely to move into product management. So how do you make the transition? What should you look out for? What should you avoid doing?
I think the most important point in considering a switch to product management is to know why you would like to do that. Talking to current PMs at your company (and outside), sitting in meetings with other PMs, potentially doing a month-long rotational program, are all excellent ways to really see if product management is where your heart’s at.
Once you’re set on becoming a PM, look for a natural transition, kind of like how you’d put yourself up for promotion: go out of your way to start doing PM work, and seek ways to contribute and help out your team’s product needs. Be mindful to continue your primary job as well, after all, that’s what you’re being paid for. Once you see an opportunity, make it known that you’d like to be considered for a PM's role, and use your extra contributions to support your case. If you fail, take time to understand the feedback given to improve and do better at your next try.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to understand the role of a PM first. Many people I’ve heard expressing interest in product management only see half the picture. Most of them have never even heard of the phrase “product-market fit”. Read books on product management to understand product frameworks applicable to your field and attend meet-ups/conferences to hear from PMs in various industries. The role is a unique blend of many functions, requires putting on many hats everyday and a whole other set of skills than engineering does. :)
As in any transition it’s key to keep in mind two things:
As an engineer you have an insight into one specific aspect of product building. As a PM you’ll have to expand your circle of focus. It will require frequent task-switching, and a lot more people time.