How to become a project manger in the IT industry

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I am a Technical Architect holding 17+ years of experience in IT industry. I wanted to take a diversion in my carrier to become a Project Manager in IT industry. But I am not sure of the process. Can anyone please guide me on this?

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  • Subhendu Sen
    This is not so hard to divert your career for Project Manager as you are in IT industry for 17+ years. In this time you have gain enough experience that can help to handle almost all critical situation in IT area. Please check this link which can help you understand: https://www.coloradotech.edu/blog/2014/november/how-do-you-become-an-it-project-manager
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  • raihanamustaffa
    Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestion.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    With a strong background of Technical Architect, it will be a good transition for this role in your case. Only thing is, in your organization, you need to learn what different kind of projects are there and which of those make you feel comfortable to jump into. Moreover, there would be a lot of documents with your PMO related to Project Methodologies applicable to your organization and other project management documents. Refer to those and have some brainstorming with your PMO.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    You could start by proving yourself managing projects. You might consider some formal training or the PMI certification. Here's a piece I wrote on security considerations for IT project managers that you might benefit from. Best of luck!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Moreover, if you are going to admit for this course, consider always for a global certifications. As it helps to get good jobs while you are holding global certificate in your hand. But keep in mind best performance is necessary at the time of interview.
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  • raihanamustaffa
    Thanks all of you. 

    Two things that I took from all your suggestions are:
    1. Learning the process internally in my organization with the help of PMO or existing PMs.
    2. Doing some Management related courses.

    Most of the Project Management courses like PMP certification needs few years of Project Management experience, which I currently don't posses, and hence I am dis-qualified for the same.

    Can you please suggest me some course in IT Management, that will not ask me for the prior experience.

    Thanks all, once again.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    As you asked, for general IT course, you can try for System Administration/Network Administration related courses where no prior experience is mandatory. Also some programming courses like Java/.NET if you are eager to write codes/programming related jobs. But always consider global certifications, if possible.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Moreover, security is a one of the main concern in the present IT field. You can also consider Cisco Security (CCNA Security) course which can be done also. Please link here for more info: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/security_ccna
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  • ToddN2000
    The hardest thing you will face is trying to get the experience some employers are looking for. The best thing is to try and see if you can take on that type of role in your current role. You state you have 17+ years but in what area of IT? Is it one area or does it cover multiple areas. The more areas you know the better your changes of being a project manager are as you will have had exposure to many faces of a project. Things like development, coding, operation, QA and implementation to name a few.
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