Full Guide To Become The Software Project Manager

So, it is the right moment for you to grow into a Project Manager in IT. Nonetheless, you don’t possess the relevant experience, technical background, or degree. Is it possible to emerge as a Software project manager like that in the IT industry?

Yes, of course, it is. You will find the full guide to becoming a project manager in IT below:

TL;DR: Seven stages to becoming a Project Manager in IT.
1. Gain leadership experience.
2. Make a project manager CV.
3. Develop technical proficiency.
4. Read up on the basics of project management.
5. Learn methodologies of agile.
6. Develop the skills needed for interviews.
7. Apply to the right job opportunities.

This is the overall approach that makes you a project manager in IT. Nevertheless, you will find plenty of challenges in every step. Below you can get a complete step-by-step guide that demonstrates everything that you should know.

Chapter I

How to become the Software Project Manager with no relevant degree, technical background, or experience

In this chapter, different paths will be reviewed by us that direct to the Project Manager role. It all counts on the current role and your level of leadership knowledge.

And let me alert you: It’s very tough to become a Project Manager in the IT industry. And it’s nearly impossible sometimes to make a straightforward leap into the position. So, you might have to bring in interim career steps.

The two main starting points are:
● Starting point 1: When you are not there in the IT field.
1. You don’t have any leadership experience.
2. You have some experience in leadership.
● Starting point 2: When you are in an IT company, and you are within the project environment.

Select what portrays you the best.
Let’s begin with the sizably challenging strategy:

Starting point 1: Where should I begin as I don’t have experience in the software industry?

Now you are not a specialist in IT. You are not working in any of the below main niches:
● Telecommunication
● Software Development
● Social Media
● Online Marketing

Also, you don’t possess a Computer Science degree for sure. If that is the case, then you should assess the leadership experience first. It doesn’t matter in which industry you work – you won’t be able to become a software project manager without experience in leadership.

That’s the basic job requirement. You must find a path to ascertain that you have leadership experience. Even though you possess any degree in management, you will not be put in any leadership position if you don’t have a proven record.

You don’t have to think about where the leadership knowledge comes from.

The truth is it’s universal. But soft skills will have more value in the software industry than technical ones.

The six vital steps you are required to take are given below:

Step #1: Learn the fundamentals of project management

You should learn the fundamentals of project management first. Agile frameworks are favored in the software industry. Yet, you still should understand the main ideas of project management completely. You might be thinking that getting a certification in project management is an amazing idea. But it can give you only the certificate and knowledge.

Here is the actual reality:
There is a significant gap between the project management theory and what you perform in a real-life scenario. So, you must learn Agile frameworks. You need to learn a little about Kanban and Scrum in addition to that. This is something that you will be asked at the time of the interview. You will find plenty of resources about Kanban and Scrum on the internet.

Step #2: Enhance your Technical Consciousness

There is a complete chapter related to the technical proficiency of the Project Manager in IT below. Read it thoroughly.

You must enhance your technical understanding during your entire career in project management. Technologies evolve daily in the software industry. You need to watch over the products of the technical giants as you need to be familiar with various solutions.

No course can fill this void. You should develop curiosity regarding the latest technologies. You must look a level deeper into the latest shiny things available in the market to figure out their pros and cons. It’s the only means to substitute for the lack of substantial technical background.

Step #3: Your CV must be Upgraded

Most of the candidates for the project manager role at the entry level don’t place themselves as leaders and managers. They think that unrelated previous experience is more vital. Why?
They assume that the more experience they have, the better their CV looks.
That’s wrong!

How you are seen by the recruiters is different.

Visualize that you are some kind of engineer. In your resume, you describe all your projects with all the technologies used. You highlight it with plenty of technical words.

But recruiters will not have technical expertise. They will have a list of job requirements or competencies that they have to find in the resume to recommend you for the interview.

If they don’t find the relevant keywords required for the Project Manager, then your CV will go to the trash. Hence, you need to re-write your resume from scratch. You must position yourself as the leader.

So, keep only those experiences that highlight your leadership, communication, and management skills. Illustrate your achievements in improving something and organizing people. Show the communication skills you possess with the stakeholders.

Remember, your CV should achieve only one objective. It has to get you to the interview.

Step #4: Enhance your Professional Network

A professional network implies platforms like LinkedIn. IT Recruiters will use technologies. They depend on social networks to track down and assess candidates. Just by looking at one’s LinkedIn activity, we can tell about their professional interests.

There is also a flip side. Below is what we see if your profile is outdated on LinkedIn:

You aren’t engaged in the major professional outlet. You aren’t utilizing any technology. You don’t realize the power of connecting globally.

I hope you got what I was saying. Below is what you should do:

1. Keep your profile on LinkedIn in synchronization with the resume. Update it regularly.
2. Begin to make connections with recruiters who are from IT organizations in your area.
3. Keep yourself active on the LinkedIn platform. Show your curiosity about professional topics. It’s the software industry in this case.

This step will have a long-term impact. You can use the network to build your career as a Project Manager in the IT industry rapidly in the upcoming days.

Step #5: Build your Interview Skills

You should start to apply for jobs in Project Management. Where do you need to focus?

You need to concentrate on startups and smaller companies. Your primary objective should be to get 6 months to 1 year of hands-on experience in any software project.

It will take a lot of interviews than you except

Most of them quit their idea of becoming project managers in IT very soon. You may apply to 15 or 25 job openings. You may fail one or two interviews. And you conclude that you are unfit for the role. This is because you have no idea about the statistics.

Each corporate employment offer will attract 250 resumes on average. But only 6 to 8 candidates will get a chance to attend the interview. Finally, only one will get the job. Out of 250 only one. It’s less than one percent – 0.4%.

You should be ready for the interview exertion

Ultimately, you will become the candidate who quickly gets a lot more interviews. But you need to apply in bulk to job openings right now. Never overthink it. You need to apply to anything that is associated with project management so that you will get an experience of the interview. Be ready as your first few interviews would be a complete mess.

Step #6: Move to IT Development Centers

Even though it looks like common sense, I should point it out. You should be near the IT development centers if you are planning to build your career in IT. It’s still vital even in this post covid world.

Don’t expect a lot of opportunities if you are residing in a remote town. IT industries are massed in big cities. There are one or two development centers in every country. Just Google it.

If you can’t move first and search for a job, then search for a job first and make a move.

When you don’t have a minimum of years of experience in leadership, What you should do

Let’s put all the challenges jointly:

  1. You don’t work in the IT field.
  2. You don’t have the relevant technical knowledge.
  3. You don’t possess any leadership experience.

The hard truth is you can become a Project Manager in IT only with a large amount of fortune. For instance, a small startup that is unsuccessful might hire you as a Project Manager. They won’t pay you anything in exchange for getting a chance to gain some experience.

But such a downgraded opportunity is difficult to find. Hence, what must you do?

You should overcome not less than one of the three dares that I mentioned above.

Option 1: Get into the IT Project Environment

Concentrate on obtaining an entry-level role in the IT project. The Quality Assurance Engineer or the Tester is the best chance in the IT industry. You can figure out everything in your way quickly. The demand is high for QA resources who are inexperienced.

Once you get inside, make sure to express your passion to become the IT Project Manager. Concentrate on gaining leadership experience and seek options to carry out Micro Projects.

Option 2: Expedite Gaining Leadership Experience

Below you will find an entire chapter on the ways to obtain relevant leadership experience. You should concentrate on filling out the resume with leadership accomplishments. You do that at your existing job.

However, combining both options might be better.

1. Get into a software company and state your passion for becoming a Project Manager in IT.
2. Make a plan for professional development on how to grow into the Project Manager in IT from day one.
3. Later, work on fulfilling the goal.

In the procedure, you may gain from sponsorship on certifications and training. Most IT organizations support professional growth.

Starting Point #2: I’m already in the IT field. What should I do next?

Below is the secret of the insider:

In the IT field, the majority of the leadership roles are covered by referenced candidates or internal resources. What does this mean for you then?

Your boss can’t wait literally when you express your longing to become the project manager.

Hence, you need to go and inform your boss directly. Below is what might go on next.

Your Boss Might Not See You as the Software Project Manager.

This is bad. However, it is the output on its own. This might occur for some reasons:

1. The company might not have very small projects which are suitable for Project Managers who are at the entry level.
2. Your boss might not like you for some reason.
3. Your boss might not be able to decide straight away.

You should try to understand the real reason. You should change the organization if it’s point 1 or 2.

If it’s the 3rd point, then you have to make several attempts repeatedly.

You Get the Development Plan

It’s good. Your boss has given you requirements which you should meet. Then, you will be promoted. Try your best to achieve and learn everything on the list.

However, the vital thing is here:
Communicate your progress with your boss regularly. Be at the top. Show your seriousness about what you are doing. Then take all the possible opportunities so that you can get training in your organization on project management. Also, you can get sponsorship for certification or training.

You are Promised to Find a Project for You

Congratulations! Now all you need to do is to hold off until you get the right opportunity. But you shouldn’t wait passively. There may not be a new project for a few more months. Hence, you should keep reminding yourself that you are supposed to handle a new opening.

Yet, it is your responsibility to obtain that opportunity. Don’t conclude that your job is completed.

Chapter ll

Software Project Manager’s Technical Skills

“I don’t possess the technical skills required to become the IT Project Manager”. We hear that all the time.

Yet, here is the flaw. No one will expect you to set up servers or write code as an IT project manager. You should know the process of software development, and what goes into the creation of software applications. Hence, you are not required to possess technical skills. All you need to have is technical awareness.

I understand that all those technologies and terms alone will be too much. Coding looks out of touch and complicated by itself. However, it’s only for a limited period.

Once you are with the QA, BAs, software engineers, and others, you will start learning everything easily. Ordinary people will not understand you in a month as you use a lot of slang words

But you need to learn some basic set of terms. Below you will find the glossary required for a project manager in software development.

Note: This whole chapter is for those who don’t have a background in engineering.

Hardware vs Software

Hardware means all types of mobile devices and computers where the software is used. It is your PC or Mac, iPhone, printer or server, refrigerator, smartwatch, or car.

Software means all the software programs and applications on the hardware. It comprises apps that we use on smartphones, PC, and Macs. However, it is also the firmware on the drivers in the printers, photo cameras, microwaves, etc.

Team Composition on the Software Project

People who write the code (also called source code) and perform all the mental jobs to develop a particular software application are called Software Engineers.

Interchangeably you can use the term developer as well.

Don’t use the term “coder” as most software engineers will not like it.

The person who assures that the application created by the developers is of the needed quality is called the Quality Assurance(QA) engineer.

People who test the service or application for real are called Testing Engineers or Testers.

These roles are often used interchangeably. Yet, there is a variation.

Quality Assurance Engineers need to focus on developing rightful processes to ensure quality whereas Testers focus mostly on controlling the quality. It implies that they test and bring out all the defects found by them. Their objective is to double-check the application’s quality level.

Business Analysts are the people who work with the customers and the other stakeholders to figure out the business requirements of the project. They need to identify the requirements by researching the market and demand sometimes. Rest of the time they just have to communicate with the stakeholders.

After this, they should translate the business requirements into user stories or specifications.

User Experience (UX) Designers and User Interface (UI) Designers are the people of art. These people work with the entire team to figure out the requirements. Later, they draw the required design of the service or application. If you open a standard application on the Mac, then you will find an example of the hard work of the UI/UX designers’ team.

Writing Code

This is how it functions:

Software Engineers write the code. They use any Programming Language.

The set of proper instructions given to a mobile device or a computer is called Programming Language. Every programming language will have its semantics, syntax, and core principles of programming.

For instance, applications on any Android phone are written in Java. On the iPhone, they use Swift or Objective-C.

Below is a list of major ten programming languages you should google about:

1. C
2. Ruby
3. C# (C Sharp)
4. PHP
5. Java
6. Swift
7. Objective C
8. Javascript
9. SQL
10. Python

The code written by software developers is readable by humans to a certain extent. These are the instructions. It cannot be understood by a computer.

This is the reason why that code is compiled first and then converted into machine code which is understood by the hardware. This is known as lower-level code.

Frameworks, Core Libraries, and Kits

You also should understand that a programming language is just a set of all standard functions to group logic and implement; store and represent various types of data.

The engineer is the one who finds a route to use the means available to implement the application.

Anyhow, it’s extremely time-consuming if every engineer has to implement some basic functions and algorithms each time.

Also, it’s difficult to write any code that directly works with the hardware used by you. For instance, to use a speaker or camera on your phone, motors, different sensors, etc. It is low-level programming.

This is the reason why most programming languages are available with Frameworks or Core Libraries.

In these libraries, you will be able to find frequently used and standard functions.

They could be generated by fanatics to make life comfortable. Alternatively, they could be developed for commercial purposes and then traded to software engineers.

Furthermore, organizations that produce hardware will supply such kinds of libraries usually to help the developers to utilize their devices.

For instance, Apple provides multiple libraries that will make it comfortable to utilize all those built-in features of a Mac or iPhone.

Hence, developers don’t have to carry out everything from the scratch.

Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

Here, the code will be written in a notepad, in MS Word, or on a napkin. But it will not be convenient. You must memorize all the libraries, structures, and functions by heart. Not to say anything of possible mistakes.

This is the reason why developers operate using IDE or Integrated Development Environment.

IDE is an application developed separately specifically for all software engineers to carry out the work. In originality, it is a text editor which is code-centric. It makes code simpler to visually read by coloring, structuring, and highlighting the text.

It comprises documentation on the core libraries and the programming languages as well. Moreover, it will make it simple to add extra core libraries if required. There is also a built-in compiler. There are tools for debugging and much more.

Many IDEs are available in the market. Some are paid. Some are free. A few of the names are Eclipse, RubyMine, Xcode, and Microsoft Visual Studio.

Each of the IDEs can function with many programming languages as well.

Source Version Control

Code is nothing but text, in essence. This text will be stored in files. These files will be set up in folders (also known as source trees). There can be hundreds and also thousands of files. Few codes are written once. These codes are never modified in years. A few files will be altered by many developers daily.

The code is dependent on one another. Also, code from any one file can utilize the code from the other files. It is essential to maintain a record of the changes made to the code. Moreover, it will help a lot to revert to the older version of a particular code when required.

This is the reason why developers are operating on Source Version Control. But the correct usage of Source Version Control will be the basis of QA (Quality Assurance) in the development of software. You should learn more about this.

Hence, a software developer writes a part of the code or will update the existing code. He/She must assure that the code works as expected. He/She should also see through that it doesn’t break down the rest of the application.

Later, developers make Commit their code to Source Version Control. Git and SVN are a few examples of Source Version Control.

Layers of Application

You will hear more about the back end and front end parts of the application in Web development.

The front end is part of an application that you can notice on your device’s screen. Hence, layouts, buttons, design, and texts on this page are the front end.

Front-end programming languages are HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

The back end is the server side, logic, and database of a web application.

Back-end programming languages are PHP, Ruby, Python, etc.


So, what will be the outcomes of developing any software project?

Firstly, it will be the source code. The entire code which is developed during the project will be shared with the client. You might have to accumulate the code in the Version Control system of the client from the beginning sometimes. Hence, you are just required to commit each one of the codes there.

Periodically the code must be archived and then transferred to the client. Also, you can do it in the same way you do with other folders with files. Nevertheless, software development projects will include the work needed to provide the application to end users.

Hence, in the case of Windows, Mac, or iPhone you should compile the code first and then create the application (installation) file. This is the built-in service of each IDE.

You are required to submit this particular application to any of the leading markets – Windows Market, App Store, or Google Play.

It’s a user-friendly method nowadays. It’s as easy as uploading a photo on Facebook. But with more steps.

But on the Website, you are required to deploy the particular application to the server. Also, if that application is quite complex, then it could be a piece of work in itself.

Chapter Conclusion

It’s not one extensive list of all the technologies you would face. Also, you should reach a bit deeper in learning every term used here.

It’s not at all complicated and you will find an easy explanation for most of the complex technical topics.

Below is what you can do:

  1. Start to Google these terms like it’s for dummies.
  2. Start with a single term/topic at a particular time.
  3. Make a list of the other new terms you encounter.
  4. Until you get a bigger picture start googling new terms.
  5. Find a colleague or a friend (experienced IT Project Manager, developer, etc) and request them to clarify everything in detail.
  6. Develop curiosity. Look around the tech things around you and start questioning whether you know how it will work. If you don’t know the answer then google it.

Chapter III

How to Gain the Initial Management Experience?

Now, you might have noticed that you are required to have 1-2 years of experience relevant to project management. It’s frustrating for an entry-level position. You are wanting to obtain your job as the project manager but all they need is for you to have some relevant experience.

You will get some tricks and insights in this chapter on how you can gain that relevant experience.

Below is what you should figure out:

Trying things out will count as well

Having relevant experience is not equivalent to the experience that the Project Manager has. It implies that you should have an experience similar to the things done by a Project Manager.

Recruiter doesn’t mean having skills in using project management tools or techniques.

Below is what you can do:

A project manager will organize the people to perform a particular work in a predictable and controlled way.

You are required to possess skills in functioning with people. You must know how you can organize them. However, you should do it in the way they like.

Below is more of it:

The project manager will continue with the wheels turning.

It means anything and everything. You have to do everything it takes to make the project reach its goal. It needs you to make the necessary decisions quite often. Hence, you need to take the responsibility for all those decisions. You must have to communicate quickly in this process. This is it.

The areas in which you must have relevant experience are given below:

  1. Organizing people
  2. Taking responsibility
  3. Making decisions
  4. Communicating

Notice that there is no need for the project management technique or methodology.

Here is what can be done by you:

Step 1: Take the Unofficial Vacant Leadership Role

The leadership vacuum is present on any project and in any company always. People who are in official leadership positions won’t be able to address all the necessities. You can find an opportunity in such instances to help someone or improve something.

You should get support ideally from your boss. You have to inform her of him about your endeavor at least.

The efforts made by you shouldn’t go unnoticed

Finally, you need to put this relevant experience in your resume. So, below is what you have to do:
● Identify the problem which is worth dealing with.
● Choose a solution.
● Execute the solution.

  1. Don’t implement yourself instead organize people.
  2. You require numbers in your resume. Hence, measure your progress.
  3. Speak with your boss so that he can validate the results.
  4. You take the responsibility for outcomes.

● Define “before and after”.
● Justify it as though it was your plan all along.

Step 2: Build the career of a Project Manager in IT One step at one time

It’s hard to move directly into the role of an IT Project Manager. It will be even more difficult when you don’t have any experience related to leadership positions. Make the natural progression by taking one step at a time. Don’t force your way and skip several steps.

It might take longer and there will be obstacles in your way. But you will acquire valuable experience and knowledge in the process. Also, the stress will be less. Hence, look around the organization where you are currently working.

Does the current company have a leadership position? Anything that will let you to the state will do that.

“I lead the group of five people…”
“I managed a project that consisted of seven members in the team…”
“I was in the leadership position…”

However, here is an essential tip for you:

You must always retain your ultimate objective in mind. All those interim steps need to help you transition into the role of Project Manager.

It implies that you should be transparent about your intentions of becoming the Project Manager with your management. It works to your benefit.

Step 3: Become a Volunteer

There may not be an official or an unofficial leadership position in the company you work in. Yet, there will always be a cause that helps from the proper effort of the organization. It might not be any project or a full-time job.

Remember that you should gain experience making decisions, communicating, and organizing people. Yes, it’s free of charge. But you should carry out some extra work. Below is the key to it:

You should approach any available opportunity from the view of the Project Manager.

You should apply the basics of project management as much as you can.

Why do you require this?
You should see and feel the resistance from the people you lead in the future.

They will be enthusiastic to carry out something beneficial. But they might not want to obey your lead. They might not like to be controlled by you at least in the start until they recognize the advantages of your actions to organize them. You should sell the team members the benefits of project management. Nevertheless, you might have to use uncomplicated words.

Below is another tip:
You will put that experience in your resume for sure. Nevertheless, there has to be a valid story behind it. Here is what makes it strong:

“You should never say that you got such an experience accidentally. You decided to try out yourself in the leadership role”.

You volunteered as you knew that it would be challenging and give you the experience you required. Frame it that way and include your efforts so that you can apply them in project management.

Step 4: Become the Assistant Project Manager in IT now

If your current organization does projects then you will see few project managers. You will get to see experienced and skilled Project Managers mostly. What’s the reason?

Junior project managers will perform some routine tasks currently while experienced project managers will do something meaningful, tangible, and visible. Hence, it might feel as though your organization requires only such Project Managers who are experienced. You might feel that you should learn first, then gain experience and get a certification.

Below is the truth:

An organization needs the low-cost labor it could fetch.

If they could get the Project Manager at half the price then they are ready to do it. Moreover, finding a replacement for you is much easier than an appropriate project manager.

But you have to overcome only one problem:

They won’t be ready to assign you to their people and clients. It’s not because of your skills and knowledge. It’s always about how reliable and responsible you are.

Hence, communication comes into the picture. You must become a thoughtful communicator. Keep your management informed clearly about the progress you are making in learning the fundamentals of project management. Keep your name always at its peak in their minds. You need to be a quick solution for any upcoming opening.

It will also help to bring a mentor within the organization. This person knows your knowledge and abilities firsthand. She or he will understand clearly the kind of project manager you could become. Most notably, that person will evaluate you properly when the time is right.

Conclusion: Project Manager’s Relevant Experience

Is it difficult to get relevant experience or become a Project Manager?
The answer is No

Is it difficult to leverage the given opportunity?
The answer is a straight Yes.

You have to overcome many objections. You must have a particular set of fundamental understandings about project management. You should be confident enough to communicate it with your management.

Chapter IV

Do You Possess What It Needs To Become A Project Manager In IT?

In this chapter you will learn:

  1. Why the idea of becoming a project manager in IT is great.
  2. Various levels in project management.
  3. Responsibilities and roles of the software project manager.

Top Three Reasons for Becoming A Project Manager in IT this Year

Project Manager in IT is not the simplest person. Hence, why you need to venture on this journey.

Below are the three major reasons:

1. Significant Increase in the Salary
Statistics prove that people who are in project management positions earn 82% more money than people who are in non-leadership positions. This will provide a very high income in the beginning. It will give opportunities for a raise in salary in the upcoming years.

2. Lots of Opportunities For The Project Managers in IT
The Talent Gap Report and PM Job Growth Report from the PMI declare that in job openings the software industry has been the top two leading sectors.

What does it mean?

With the current trends, the need for project managers in IT is higher than the Educational establishments could provide. And it’s not varying for years in the future. That’s vital for you as a Computer Science degree becomes a desirable prerequisite. But it won’t be mandatory.

3. The Profession Which Keeps You Engaged
If you consider being a Project Manager, then you will feel a nagging craving to lead. You will feel like taking over control and making things better. Most reasonably, you understand the value of helping and motivating people.

Science shows that motivating and helping people is the most satisfying activity as it brings happiness. Blend it with the threats of all cutting-edge technologies. And add the smart people with whom you work and the liberty to get it your way.

All these constitute the perfect career. You will be able to fulfill your potential of being a leader. It keeps you motivated and happy.

But it feels as though it’s demanding.

How can one be so sure about beginning a career as a Project Manager in IT from any role?

Below is what you should know:

There are Various Levels of Project Management in IT!

Let’s set the IT industry apart for a minute and let me illustrate with examples of construction projects.

  • A home renovation project with a budget of around 40 thousand dollars needs 2-3 months for completion and 10-15 members in the project team.
  • A project to construct a multistoried building with a budget of around 1.5-2 million dollars needs a year to complete and also hundreds of people in the project team.
  • Building a stadium is most likely a group of many projects. It may cost up to 2 billion dollars.

A project manager is involved in all these above projects.

Do we assign the manager who was involved in building the stadium to the renovation project? No
Is a similar skill set required to do repairs and build a house? No

I hope you got my point.

All projects vary in complexity and size. The smaller projects are more in numbers than the huge ones. The smaller projects will not require expert knowledge, a degree, or certification.

This will be your way to get the opportunity.

How does a Project look in the IT industry?

Why didn’t I give you an example of an IT project? It’s because they all look alike. People keep typing and staring at the displays. You can’t even bifurcate whether it’s the garage start-up or a huge company project.

Besides, the number of members will not communicate the project’s scale. This will direct us to the successive thing you are required to know:

What will be the job obligations of the Project Manager in IT?

If you aren’t required to have a technical background, specialized training, or a degree, then what will a project manager in IT do?

You will be communicating with the clients

Various types of communication consume 70-80% of the time. You are the immediate communication point between the project team and the people who began the project. It doesn’t imply that you will just transmit the request and the information from the client side to the team members. You should bridge the void between the technical experts and the business people by keeping them both happy.

You will gain Expert knowledge and also the Expertise

You should understand the business requirements of the clients. The next step is to go to the members of the team to find the technical solution which will fulfill that business need.

It needs lots of communication again. You just can’t throw the technical specifications directly to the clients. Hence, you should find a way to explain complicated technical problems using easy words.

You will need to make decisions

You know the needs of the business and you have a few technical solutions with cons and pros. Now, you have to make a lot of decisions like what and how to do it.

But you will seek expert knowledge from the team and a few other experts. You will not make any decision on your own. Anyhow, the responsibility of making the final decision will always be on you.

You should Select and Establish the processes

In adopting Agile frameworks, the IT industry has been in the lead. Most projects are executed with SAFe, Kanban, or Scrum. It will make it simpler on this front with the smaller projects. However, you have to learn the basics of project management to become a successful project manager in IT.

You will Motivate and Lead everyone

Working with smart and educated people has pros and cons. The major drawback is that they possess critical thinking and know a lot. Hence, a cute office and a big salary aren’t sufficient to boost them.

You must put plenty of effort into managing people. Also, clients and stakeholders need your encouragement too.

You will Resolve a lot of Conflicts

Every time it won’t be about personal disputes between the team members. It’s the easiest one. You will encounter conflicts in policies and requirements on a project. There will be clashes between the clients and their expectations. The conflicts between allocated resources and wants. Hence, resolving conflicts is a continuous task in project management.

Chapter Conclusion

Being a Project Manager in IT is the best leadership position. Moreover, there are a lot of opportunities to become a Project Manager in IT currently. You are not required to have a degree, technical background, or experience to handle small projects. Such small projects have to be your entry point.