From Product to Programming
I've been a Product Leader at several startups and one giant corporation. I've worked with designers, data scientists, and developers of all types, personalities, and experience levels. I love the high of building something, putting it out there, watching people use it - even like it.
In general, I love making things. I craft whenever I can, am an amateur furniture upholsterer, and am one of the rare women who enjoyed planning my wedding - down to the last detail.
But lately as a Product Manager, I've been feeling stifled by my inability to actually build; instead, I facilitate the building. I believe in the role of PM, and I am confident that I possess the bizarre combination of skills required to do it well. And while I don’t think Product Managers need to know how to code to speak fluently with people who code all day, I'm eager to become more technical and understand how developers make decisions.
So, I have become a recent transplant to Durham, NC where I will be learning Ruby on Rails for the next 3 months at The Iron Yard.
I can’t deny that I am nervous. It’s been several years since I challenged my brain to think in a completely new way. I’m also extremely excited - I am approaching programming with the advantage of many years on the Product side; I know exactly what type of developer I want to be.