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Become a Project Manager

 
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I wanted to know that what all steps can I take to be ensured of getting a Project manager position in [Company] in 6 yrs ( 6 yrs is their minimum requirement and I don't know if they will always accept people having the bare minimum 6 yrs of experience). So what can I do, e.g. PMP certification, knowing processes well etc. I currently have 4+ yrs exp and am team lead.

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[ April 22, 2008: Message edited by: David O'Meara ]
 
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I removed the company name due to our posting guidelines.
 
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my sincere advise
you may very well get the job of a PM by reading some books, but there is a high risk of failure. if you fail in your job you will be out of business.
PM business is not like a coding job where you can cram some interview questons and fool around the interviewers and even if you make mistakes you can escape, if you are a Manager then you can't make mistakes and you will never get second chance.
 
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So what can I do, e.g. PMP certification, knowing processes well etc. I currently have 4+ yrs exp and am team lead.



Getting some project management experience will help. In your community, look for organizations that need this type of help and volunteer your services. Look for local community services and non-profit organizations that are working on various projects. Or, come up with a project proposal and make a few presentations to local businesses and non-profit organizations.

Volunteer experience is very commendable and will give you the opportunity to speak upon what value you can bring to projects and how you handle different tasks.
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I agree with rajesh kumar because I see many people who are project manager get kicked out due to failure in their responsibilities.

However,you can try to get certified in PMP,Six sigma black belt and ITIL.

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omi
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Originally posted by rajesh kh kumar:

PM business is not like a coding job... if you are a Manager then you can't make mistakes and you will never get second chance.



This is news to me. Perhaps it's different in whatever country rajesh is in, but in the US project managers aren't held to a "one strike you're out standard." I don't think I've met a project manager (myself included) who hasn't made at least one mistake.


I do recommend reading project management books, but that alone certainly isn't enough. My advice is to get a coding job where you can assist the PM, help him with some of his tasks and watch over his shoulder. Later on you can start to PM small projects on your own.

--Mark
 
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Originally posted by rajesh kh kumar:
my sincere advise
you may very well get the job of a PM by reading some books, but there is a high risk of failure. if you fail in your job you will be out of business.
PM business is not like a coding job where you can cram some interview questons and fool around the interviewers and even if you make mistakes you can escape, if you are a Manager then you can't make mistakes and you will never get second chance.



I think this is insulting to all developers. The author is telling that developers are of inferior quiality, it is ok for them to be so and managers are efficient.
 
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I think this is insulting to all developers.



Pradip , are you very proud to be a developer
 
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