I've managed dozens of engineers building web & mobile products, but don't have any coding experience over 8 years of tech startups. Most PM roles seems to ask for coding - any suggestions for what I can apply for?
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- Qualtrics Yeet-CodeWhy learn to code as a PM? You think pilots know how to put engines together?
PMs are needed in a lot of companies to understand products at a high level and collaborate with other PMs.
If required, just know what common technologies used are used for. SQL, services, etc but you'll also learn on the job.May 13 3
- Walmart.com / Product loreNeed to understand concepts, be able to speak with engineers on technical aspects but you do not need to know coding. SQL is definitely needed though to pull all sorts of data
- Wow, thanks a lot everyone! I really appreciate all the feedback - I was grossly misinformed. In a nutshell, just learn some SQL and focus on studying PM methodologies. All your advice has greatly improved my confidence going into the job search - THANK YOU!
- Bad, outdated advice. I did my PMP on the east coast and let it lapse when I moved to SV. It (at least at the time) had nothing to do with software development and nobody here gives a shit if you have it.
My only lingering value is dropping words like "critical path" in meetings.
- Oracle / Product user 42moreSome PMs happen to also know how to code. It often gets in the way.
If coding is a requirement, you're either building a product aimed at developers or the hiring manager(or someone above them) is a former developer with useless requirements based on personal bias.
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- Cisco wmcx87To be clear: are these firms asking you to possess/prove technical depth & understanding or do they want a PM to be directly contributing to codebase? The latter isn’t unheard of but it is somewhat unusual for usual PM roles but it really depends on the firm and what PM means to them