Sure, some folks might be naturally skilled or able to put academic skills to work dealing with "higher ups" and customers, but imo, there's no true replacement for the experience you get managing your stakeholders.
mentioned this category already, but to expand on his point, I've seen (and been a part of) lots of cowboys and cowgirls who are ready to revamp, refactor, add new features, and push straight to prod. Slooowww down there. 😁
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