You decided to transition to Product Management. Congrats! You are at the beginning of your journey. First of all, make sure that product management is your passion and it is what you want to do for a living. Product Management can sound glamorous, but also it requires:
- communication skills. You need to like not only your product but also people around your product. You should be able to talk to strangers every day. Sometimes angry strangers who are disappointed in your product.
- negotiation skills. You will do it every day to achieve a balance for various aspects of the product.
- stress management.
- to be outside your comfort zone. If you work hard, you are never in your comfort zone.
Second, you need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Your strategy will be different based on your background.
Are you a tech person or business person? Or you don’t have a background at all?
You need a plan.