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How to start your career as a Project Manager with ‘No or Less prior experience’.

Before we do a deep dive in to how to become a Project Manager it is important to first understand some of the key aspects of Project Management.

  1. What is Project Management.
    1. Definition: As per PMI detention, A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.
    2. Project Management Methodologies: Primarily we can categorize the project management in to 2, Agile and Waterfall.
  2. Key industries where Project Management is highly valued
    1. Information Technology
      1. Software Development
      2. Infrastructure
      3. Application Support
    2. Construction
      1. Building
      2. Home Renovation.

Now that you have a basic understanding about Project Management, Different industries and different roles and areas within project management you can now look at different education path that will give you a credential to apply for Project management jobs. 

  1. CSM – Certified Scrum Master to manage Agile projects and team.
  2. PMP – Project Management Professional is an internationally recognized professional designation offered by the Project Management Institute. As of March 2018, there are 833,025 active PMP certified individuals and 286 chartered chapters across 210 countries and territories worldwide.
  3. ITIL – ITIL is a set of detailed practices for IT service management that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business.

Source for above definition: Wikipedia

Role of a Project Manager

PM referenced as Glorified admins

Sometime you will hear people referring PM’s as glorified administrators, means that PM is there to take meeting notes, schedule meetings etc. This is not true, this is just one part of the job that Project Managers do to keep things organized. Many time we take key decisions and discuss critical points during meetings and capturing those meeting minutes helps the team to refer back to key decisions and discussion topics later. This is just the PM way of organizing meeting, actions, decisions etc and not necessarily the only activity that a PM does.

Project Manager Vs Scrum Master
  1. What are different areas where you can look for Project Management jobs
    1. Project Leader
    2. Jr. Project Manager
    3. Project Manager
    4. Sr. Project Manager
    5. Program Manager
    6. Agile Scrum Master
    7. Agile Coach
    8. Cyber Security PM.

If you have no previous experience, then I would recommend you to start as Project Lead or Jr. Project manager where you have an option to shadow a full time Project Manager. This will give you good exposure and learning to take on as a full time PM in the near future.

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