Anyone go from PM’ing to Producing? What are some of the similarities and differences? Challenges during the transition?

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Producing roles for me specifically have had a little less “Project Control” and financial reporting responsibilities, they instead would focus more on getting projects delivered and managing company resources, vendors and being client facing. More of a hands on project management type role with a pinch of Account Management in my experience.

PM roles for me tend to have a larger focus on financial health management and reporting as well as ensuring delivery. Less client facing. Lots of more formalized process, lots more drafting and managing documentation and reports.

Producer job descriptions tend to vary the most on a company to company basis while PM roles tend to stay predictable.

My challenges have been completely confined to bad tools or process and not due to differences in job roles since the core function of producers and PMs is to get stuff done.

A mentor once gave me an interesting football analogy: “Be a Producer if you want to call plays in the huddle. Be a PM if you want to analyze plays from the booth”.

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