Any thoughts on staying in the same industry vs moving around as a product manager?

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I half agree/half disagree with the rolling stone/moss analogy. What we do is ideally a repeatable process that can be applied to any product or service, whether it's physical or digital. By changing paths you will be behind at first, having to learn about new markets, new environments, skillsets, responsibilities, architectures, cultures, etc, but just because you come from the software space doesn't mean you can't be impactful or thrive elsewhere. By doing your job, both failing and succeeding, you get better at what you do. I've found success at several organizations, from software to financial products, safes, and armored cars, by using PD/PM methodology as best as I can. Sure, the "ingredients" have all changed, but the basic, high-level "cooking technique" has remained the same. These techniques are where I want to focus and I'll continue pursuing opportunities for bigger and better "recipes" regardless of the "ingredients."

There are a lot of personal factors, too, like happiness, $$$, product interest, location, and a million other variables that could sway things in any number of directions, but an industry switch shouldn't be feared or written off. If played right, you could not only advance your career, but you could find yourself in an environment better suited to you as a human being.

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Rolling stone, moss, etc.

Following. Debating this very question i.e. Stay in the same industry or switch

Would have been nice to be able to set a poll! Is that possible? 🤔

Not at the user level =(

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