Are Principal Product Managers individual contributors or are they management? If management, are they the same as group product managers?

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It depends on org. Typically they are ICs, sometimes with scope for a few HC under. Beyond a certain # of reports, title may change.


For the most part they’re ICs. If they have other product direct reports, that would not be the norm.

Product Managers = BA/ BSA/ Product Owners. They are not project managers. Similar stream as testers/ coders but not management

I know what he is asking. If I ask can a SWE become Principal SWE or Group Manager SWE or assume management role, yes they can. Same applies for product managers and yes they can have their own directs from same stream but not different stream. A project manager although can have reportees from diff streams. That is typical of a FAANG/ MSFT

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