Hi everyone, I recently made the switch from UX designer to UX manager (about two years ago) and I'm curious to know the community's thoughts about this transition.
- Which track interests you more: individual contributor, or manager?
- If you're a manager, or close to it, what have been the biggest changes for you?
- If you're a manager, what advice do you have for other designers who might hope to become a manager? If you're a designer, what questions do you have from UX managers?
The biggest changes I have seen are with hiring, team building, performance reviews, and other HR stuff. I still get to participate in design from a strategic/coordinating perspective, and sometimes I take on special projects, but I spend a lot less time actually creating UI. When doing research, I'm usually participating in someone else's research project. It's an interesting shift where you're almost designing vicariously through other designers.