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October 16, 2019 at 6:32pm

How do you handle being a jack of all trades

October 16, 2019 at 6:32pm

Hey Everyone,

I currently work for a small healthcare IT company as their only designer. Over the past few years my job has grown quite a bit. In the past year I have taken on more responsibility. I am currently tasked with Product Management, Design and some Front End Development. Is there anyone else in a similar situation? If so, how do you manage to juggle all of these responsibilities? Thanks in advance!


October 17, 2019 at 5:46am

This is an interesting thought

I've been all of that too for about 2-3 years. And juggling different task and different responsibilities is quite overwhelming. What I can only advise or tell you is that take a breath if it's too much already. At the same time don't forget to write about your achievements big or small so that later on you can go back and just easily put it in your portfolio (just in case you need to move on with different company or work focus) :) hope this helps :)

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October 17, 2019 at 2:51pm

I've been on this situation for several years.

is totally right in terms of writing those achievements and how they can be important on your CV. It's an interesting position that sometimes makes you do some sacrifices in design but also give you a business learning that only few have it. One thing that I learned through that experience is that is not bad to be a generalist or not to fit on a typical Product Design role. So I wake up everyday knowing that I can do whatever it takes to help the company be successful. Design, Backlog prioritization, frontend dev, etc. And I can measure each of those jobs and prove myself to the company. So, I don't see myself as doing several "roles" and being overloaded by it. I see myself as doing whatever it takes to make my team successful. It's a shift on mindset that makes me bare the heavy weight and what motivates me is that everything I touch I can see on metrics if im doing bad or good.

If you are worried that your are being a less PD, if you like what you are doing and if you can measure your success to your company by being a generalist, just keep doing it. It's better to be a generalist that can add lots of measurable value for the company than a PD that can't measure his/her success or a PD that simply doesn't care.

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November 11, 2019 at 8:51am

Since my work is mostly with early stage companies or companies that are just getting started with product management & design (e.g. old school companies going into digital products), this is bulk of my work.

One thing to keep an eye out from my perspective is making sure you're not spreading yourself too thin — if you're doing shoddy job at all the things because you don't have time, your best bet is to limit the amount of things you do and outsource / delegate some of the work, because eventually you are the one that's going to take the hit if the quality is low. Make sure you're proud of what you do and signal early and often if you're struggling to provide quality work because you're doing everything at the same time.

Another thing: set personal goals. Make sure you progress towards something you want to do, not just reactively putting out fires. It's important for job satisfaction and growth.

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November 19, 2019 at 11:24pm

Delegate or automate remedial tasks. That's the simple answer and I know it's not that simple.

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November 28, 2019 at 11:22pm

What are the roles & skill set of a product designer? I'm looking into starting a career in product design. I'd love to be a UI designer and Front end developer. Would it be too much?

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