A non-developer product manager, learnt HTML at the age of 13, loves technology with a huge passion for the web and Internet and a wannabe geek. Could be used as a bio, no? This is me, and the challenge is obvious from the very first few words; I am a “non-developer” product manager who works most of the time with developers. At the beginning, I thought my technical understanding and knowledge are enough to manage a team of engineers. It helped a lot but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. I wanted to be one of them and make sure my requests and deadlines are realistic enough to be delivered.

It wasn’t an easy decision for me to learn coding and invest a lot of hours into it. I consulted a lot of people and I even I posted a question on Quora to get better feedback and insights from peers and more experienced product managers in the industry. Long story short, the next day I got back from SXSW I woke up and the decision was made; “I want to code, I want to be a developer”.

The reasons behind my decision

Personal passion
I have always wanted to be a developer. I grew up surrounded by techies, tech discussions and topics, I’ve always been the go-to-guy for any technical issue by my family. I have always had the passion to transform ideas into functional prototypes. So yeah, part of it has to do with fulfilling my passion.

Be fair to my team
It’s crucial to know how to deal with any person you manage and to speak their language. For me, PHP was the language I had to learn. Now, work is improving every day. Deadlines are being met more often, productivity is increasing and logic is all over the place.

Having the super power
This is quite related to the very first point about my passion. I have always came up with ideas that I wanted to see functioning, but it just never happened! Why? The answer is easy; I am not a developer, and I can only think of ideas and can never make them happen myself. Being a developer will give you this super power that will make you turn all ideas into reality. At least functional for you to fool around with, and decide whether you can to move on or just kill them right away.When you start coding and dealing with lines of code, the way you look at things will change. As a newbie developer, I currently look at things whether I can automate them or not. Can I develop this idea or not, and so on.

There is a quote that WordPress uses as their tagline since I can ever remember that say “Code is Poetry”. I have been dealing with WordPress for over 6 years, and it just made sense to me. Code IS poetry, it definitely is! Developers are the poets of our time, they are the sought-after ones by companies all over the world!
You might say that this only applies to my case or anyone who works closely with developers and engineers. Well, you’re wrong. Watch the following 1 minute video and let me know what do you think in the comments section below!

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  • saeed says:

    Nice insight Firas, you’re coming out clean 🙂 you’re a geek. Btw, you haven’t shared when you started learning and how?
    Any tips?

    I faced a similar ordeal and i am learning bit by bit but not as fast as i want.

    • Thanks Saeed! Basically, the real learning started back in March. as for the sources I highly recommend TUTS+ premium it has many tutorials and courses. and I also started learning Ruby on Rails recently through One Month Rails and it’s pretty cool and handy!

      Good luck Saeed, I really urge you to dedicate some time for it, it’s worth it!

      Thanks,

      Firas

    • Thanks For Sharing Basic Points about coding before Start coding.

      • Foge says:

        I use Tweetdeck and have it open most of the time. Some people might see it as a hindrance to prciyotdvitu, but I’m like you – I think it helps me that I can quickly update my status or respond to an important message without having to go and log into one or more sites. Thanks for sharing this!.-= Janet Barclay´s last blog… =-. / December 4th, 2009, 2:53 pm

  • Jetson says:

    Good to see real expertise on display. Your corunibttion is most welcome.

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • saeed says:

    Nice insight Firas, you’re coming out clean 🙂 you’re a geek. Btw, you haven’t shared when you started learning and how?
    Any tips?

    I faced a similar ordeal and i am learning bit by bit but not as fast as i want.

  • Jetson says:

    Good to see real expertise on display. Your corunibttion is most welcome.

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