Travisse Hansen shares his advice on how to move from product management to becoming a full stack product designer. Read the blog below and listen to the full episode for more great product design career advice!
In episode 12 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Travisse Hansen, a UX/UI Designer and Developer that is part of the UX Cabin team! He is a founding member of UX Cabin and has added value to the team through his skills and expertise for almost two years.
Travisse shares valuable advice that he has collected as he moved from product management to product design and development. We are so excited for you to listen to this episode!
When Travisse was in college, he pursued a degree in business. During his senior year in one of his business courses, creating a business idea was a team requirement. The team came up with the idea to create an easy way to record and share family videos. They pursued the idea for the project and had an interest in developing it.
Travisse decided he would like to start his own business straight out of college. As he worked through getting everything started up, he realized he did not have the skills or the money to make it work right away. Travisse quickly made a pivot and decided he wanted to find a job where he could gain the skills he needed and make a steady paycheck as he went along.
He ended up landing a product management role at a venture-backed startup where he worked for five years. During this time, he collected valuable skills and experience in both product management and the ups and downs of starting a business and building products.
After five years, Travisse decided he wanted to build his skill set outside of product management and focus long-term on becoming an entrepreneur. His strategy for long-term growth included learning to code. During this time, he was building a product and realized how much fun he had when designing products.
Travisse found product design to be more tactical than project management. Being on the design side was so enjoyable for him that he pursued a transition into product design. Ultimately, Travisse and Seth met on Twitter through a retweet from a mutual connection, and Seth invited him to join UX Cabin! He was able to find fulfillment in creating products and adding value to the world.
Over the last two years, Travisse has continued to grow his product design and development skillset as a valuable team member. He manages product design and development for several clients. His experience brings so much value to our team. The advice Travisse shares will be beneficial to anyone considering a jump from product management to product design and development or if you are looking to up your game and become a more valuable team member!
"At UX Cabin, we have a ton of autonomy to try new things. I thrive in that environment."
Setting up the building blocks to long-term success takes thought and strategy. Travisse's experience as a product manager and his passion for learning new skills have given him the ability to be a product designer who codes and knows how to manage the process from concept to implementation. He shared with us some advice he would have loved to have had when he was starting off to give you the roadmap you need to get you going!
"Build stuff, release it, and try to get someone to use it. That whole iterative process will get you far."
Over the last two years, Travisse has been able to find ways to grow inside and outside of his work at UX Cabin. The work environment has allowed him to work with people he enjoys while having the autonomy to make decisions and solidify his skills. In the full podcast episode, Seth and Travisse specifically discuss what they look for in new UX Cabin Team Members, but below are a few things you can do to get stronger as a team member regardless of where you work.
This episode with Travisse was full of great advice for anyone looking to solidify a move from product management to product design and development. Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes more about Travisse's side projects that have helped him become a full-stack designer. We are so grateful to have Travisse on the team and that he was able to join us to share his knowledge and expertise!
Don't forget to follow Travisse and watch as he builds new products and continually finds ways to learn and grow in his discipline. You can find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and check out his side projects sharecalmly and RadiantWallet!
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