There’s a long-standing argument about the technical skills you need to be successful as a product manager.
On one side, there are those who say you need a computer science degree if you want to reach the top On the other, there are those who say it’s the soft skills that make the difference, not knowing how to code.
Really, both miss the point.
Being technical as a product manager has nothing to do with your skills and everything to do with your understanding.
And your willingness to learn.
At the very least, you need to have a strong enough working knowledge of the technologies underpinning your product to be able to hold your own in a conversation with your engineers.
You need to understand the technical architecture and the logic behind how you’re building stuff, but that should come from drawing things on a whiteboard, not reading lines of code.
I posted a thread this week with some of my favourite resources for improving your technical game 👇