PM -> SDE?

Microsoft BFfV33
Feb 7, 2018 10 Comments

Currently a PM, have an opportunity to make a lateral move to SDE.

Been a bit disillusioned as a PM at MS since I’m not able to make a lot of impact day to day. My manager tells me I’m doing well but it’s hard to audit what business value I was able to create. Don’t want to end up a code monkey either. Should I make the move?

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  • New Xarg
    But what do you like to do though
    Feb 7, 2018 2
    • Microsoft BFfV33
      OP
      I like building side projects and working through interesting problems. Don’t like rote bug fixes or the like.
      Feb 7, 2018
    • New Xarg
      But are you building projects because the coding is interesting or is it a means to an end to build a product. The former means make the move, the latter means don't.
      Feb 7, 2018
  • Microsoft Usta
    I am An SDE and want to try PM. Maybe we can switch like for a day/a month to see if we like each other's jobs
    Feb 7, 2018 0
  • Amazon Autoencode
    Apply for PM in other companies.
    Feb 7, 2018 2
    • Microsoft BFfV33
      OP
      Is it that different in other companies? Reading Blind it seems that PMs are under appreciated everywhere
      Feb 7, 2018
    • New / Eng Millions
      True.
      Feb 7, 2018
  • Microsoft BFfV33
    OP
    Honestly it might be the latter. I like the fulfillment of solving a difficult technical challenge though.
    Feb 7, 2018 1
    • Tesla WuVV67
      If that's the case you could use your experience to seek startups that could benefit from you. That way you have more say in what you wanna work on at the same time will be able to gauge what your impact is. This way you don't even have to leave MS right away.
      Feb 7, 2018
  • Intuit / Eng Ivo
    Same situation for me
    Feb 7, 2018 0

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