Why I may have always (almost) been a Product Manager
Looking back at the working experience now, I can tell, that I have always been a self taught product manager in heart, cashing on the intuition and skills like Customer Development/Lean StartUP, Unit Analysis, Cost&profit, Lean, with MVPs long before I learned the names. It seemed common sense then (and it is even more "commonsensly" now).
Like in 2008 I was driving to the dedicated rural areas with no ground telephone and internet line yet well-off enough to pay for the construction of the wireless lines and for the services themselves. Evaluated them from the google maps by the roofs. Alone I found local authorities, negotiated with them, went to every door in the area, asked questions, many. I designed the contract and again went to every door offering the PRODUCT. People wanted to pay right then beforehand (hello MVP and product market fit). I calculated the budget, the scope, the pricing (hello unit economics). Brought constructor, partners, solutions. All in the name of the company just for giving me the opportunity to do more than a techs job.
No one asked for this extra since I was in the systems administrator role. Then every employer I worked for for longer than a couple of months would let me try follow the hunch, with the rest we parted soon after.