Product Conversation with Sr. Technical Product Manager at Amazon

How I transitioned from a Software Developer to a Product Manager

Product management, though young, is now integral to development teams, laying a robust groundwork for various functions.
In a recent interview, we spoke with Priyansh Maru, Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon, as part of our Product Conversations series. The interview was hosted by one of our Product Management Bootcamp course Learners – Arpit Ranjan

Here are a few aspects, the interview focused on:

How to transition from a software developer to a product manager
How to use your technical skills to get the most out of the product manager role
What the employer expects when you apply for a product manager post
Ideas on how to tackle customer problems

About Priyansh Maru:

Priyansh Maru is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon with two-and-a-half-years of experience. He owns the mobile experience for Amazon business customers and is responsible for defining the strategy, vision, and roadmap for the mobile experience. Priyansh was a software developer for several years before he became a product manager at Amazon. So, a lot of professionals, especially from the development field, want to know how he pulled it off.C

In this exclusive interview with us, he talks about the changing dynamics of the product management field and how one can get into it.
On being asked by Arpit about what got him into Product management, Priyansh shared with us a brief about his career journey. After four years in software development, he shifted to the business side due to his profound tech understanding. During his MBA, he explored various options but was most intrigued by product management, leading him to his current role.


Priyansh offered a detailed response to the common query: “What do companies seek in new product managers?” Some companies look for how you think about customer problems, customer needs, how do you come up with solutions to those problems and how will it make life easy for the customers. This mindset is what employers need in a product manager; it doesn’t matter at what stage you are at in your career. Along with this, product management is the integration of business, tech, and UX. Some capabilities in each of these fields are critical for getting into product management. If you are an expert in any of these fields, then you have a competitive advantage. This is the main reason why a lot of software developers and UX developers get into product management.

During interviews, a few of the most important questions asked are, which is your favorite product or which is your preferred app. These are the products we use every day. The interviewer seeks product usage problems and potential solutions, gauging problem-solving skills for a product management role. That kind of mindset in your daily life is what companies look for.

This session offers valuable advice for software developers transitioning to product management, enhancing their career prospects.

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