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To be a product manager, do you have to know some basic CS skills?

Asked Danville, California

4 answers

Tadeusz’s Answer

Updated

I like it this quote:

“You are kind of the mini-CEO – with all of the responsibility…but without any of the authority.”

-JOSH ELMAN – PARTNER AT GREYLOCK, FORMER PRODUCT MANAGER AT TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND LINKEDIN


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http://community.uservoice.com/blog/technical-skills-every-product-manager-should-know/

Daniel’s Answer

Updated Seattle, Washington

Depends *heavily* on the company. Some companies basically require a CS or similar degree (math, other engineering) and some basic understanding of relevant bits of CS. Other companies, you can get a PM job with essentially zero background.


So no, you don't *need* to have some basic CS skills, but it would be very helpful, and for some companies it'd be required.

Jerin’s Answer

Updated Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dear Reva,


Being a product manager may or may not require CS Skills depending on the company and the team . But to be really successful in what you are doing there has to be some amount of CS Skills, most good Product Managers I have met were previously Software Developers. The job also becomes interesting and you know what the developers or architect is talking about when you have CS skills and experience , otherwise you will be blank when they talk about technical difficulties to achieve something.

Hope this helps.


Thanks and Regards

Jerin

Tanvir’s Answer

Updated Los Angeles, California

It depends on how the product interacts with end users. Do you have to manage the software/drivers too to ensure the product is functioning as it should and being targeted to the right audience? Then CS skills may be required. Most of the time I find having general ideas on IT hardware and working with a mentor/colleague is the best way to transition to a PM role. Industry experience and knowledge of CS skills are added bonus.