Project Manager, Product Manager

Here’s my analogy:

A project manager makes sure the trains run on time.

A product manager sets the destination and the places you call at on the journey.

Both roles are important.

As complexity and dependencies increase, say in a bigger company, it helps all involved if you have different individuals performing these roles.

Side note:

Some companies have program managers instead of project managers.

‘Programs’ are usually bigger than an individual project but for simplicity, you could use the terms interchangeably here.

3 month check-in

A snap I took whilst running through Yarra Park yesterday morning.

It’s been 3 months since Leah and I boarded a plan at Heathrow to try our hand at living abroad.

We had about 15kg of luggage between us, Australian work holiday visas and not much else.

Since then we’ve passed through Thailand, visited Malaysia and Indonesia and made our way to Melbourne. I’ve even managed to spend 2.5 weeks in San Francisco!

Whilst travelling through Malaysia and Indonesia I applied for a few jobs. After a couple of Skype interviews from Bali, a plane ride, an interview and a bit more Skype action, I was offered a product role at Zendesk which I accepted. There’s a lot of scope and more than a few things to work out but I’m excited and am really enjoying it.

Leah and I are really enjoying Melbourne too – so many parks and a laid back vibe (it also helps when you turn up in the middle of summer).

So far no looking back, roll on the next 3 months!

See some photos of the journey so far on my travel tumblr