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How gradually transfer from construction PM to IT?
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Hello, everybody.
Hope you are doing well! I'm very interested in IT Project Management but I worked mostly in construction and had minimum exposure to IT. The question is how to gradually transfer and/or gain experience in IT management?

Thank you for your impact.
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Yuriy -

This isn't an easy transition as most folks in an IT PM role started out as SMEs such as developers or analysts in the IT domain. PMI also acknowledges the importance of PMs knowing enough about a project domain to be effective.

One way will be if you work for a large construction company to make it clear you wish to transition to managing technology projects within that same company. That removes some of the risk to the company of putting someone without practical experience in that domain into the role.

If that isnt an option, then I would suggest investigating options such as taking some foundational courses in the IT domain which interest you (as infrastructure projects are very different from software development ones), job shadowing a few IT PMs and learning as much as you can about delivery approaches, common risks, estimation techniques and so on relevant to that domain.

Good luck!

Kiron
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1 reply by Adrian Carlogea
Sep 06, 2019 11:01 AM
Adrian Carlogea
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"This isn't an easy transition as most folks in an IT PM role started out as SMEs such as developers or analysts in the IT domain."

I don't know about this, almost all the IT PMs I have met/worked with had no background as IT SMEs. Some of them had been Business Analysts before they moved to project management.

Many companies now have IT Project Management Internships for fresh graduates but an IT related degree (such as computer science) is not needed, on the contrary candidates with Business degrees are preferred. So it is possible to become a (Junior) PM in 1, 2 years from graduating.

So while many employers don't appreciate the IT SME experience they are looking after experience in project management in IT projects. Some times they go very specific like Infrastructure IT PM, SAP PM, Web Development PM, etc. So yes it is hard to move from construction PM to IT PM but not necessarily because of lack of SME experience but more because of lack of experience in IT projects.
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Thank you, Kiron. Appreciate your advice.
If you can dream it you can do it, once been said. Will keep moving that direction.
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Yuiry, I would certainly agree with Kiron's feedback. IT is a very technical field but you certainly can do it, however, it might be challenging and take more time.
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1 reply by Yuriy Andrushko
Sep 06, 2019 10:18 AM
Yuriy Andrushko
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Thank you, Rami!
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Hope you have find the solution, can share it?
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1 reply by Yuriy Andrushko
Sep 06, 2019 10:19 AM
Yuriy Andrushko
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Sure, will look for the solution. Thanks.
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As you transfer for one domain to other: performing elicitation about all you need to work in the new domain. You do not need to be a subject matter expert but you need to have enough knowledge to interact with the people. To adquire that knowledge you have to get and understand information about the domain (Using PESTLE analysis and Porter Five Forces), about the process on the domain (you can use Zachman Framework first row as a guide), about the key stakehoders (roles) and pains they have in that domain (using SPIN Selling for example). The only thing that is proper of software is the intagibility of the software which impact all the estimation.
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1 reply by Yuriy Andrushko
Sep 06, 2019 10:21 AM
Yuriy Andrushko
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Thank you, Sergio.
I know it is a complete shift but will continue to work on this.
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Sep 05, 2019 6:52 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Yuiry, I would certainly agree with Kiron's feedback. IT is a very technical field but you certainly can do it, however, it might be challenging and take more time.
Thank you, Rami!
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Sep 06, 2019 1:27 PM
Rami Kaibni
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You’re Welcome - Good Luck and let us know how you wish to transition to IT as it might help others follow your footprints.
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Sep 05, 2019 11:08 PM
Replying to M. Sahir A. Shatiry, PMI-RMP, PMP
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Hope you have find the solution, can share it?
Sure, will look for the solution. Thanks.
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Sep 06, 2019 5:30 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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As you transfer for one domain to other: performing elicitation about all you need to work in the new domain. You do not need to be a subject matter expert but you need to have enough knowledge to interact with the people. To adquire that knowledge you have to get and understand information about the domain (Using PESTLE analysis and Porter Five Forces), about the process on the domain (you can use Zachman Framework first row as a guide), about the key stakehoders (roles) and pains they have in that domain (using SPIN Selling for example). The only thing that is proper of software is the intagibility of the software which impact all the estimation.
Thank you, Sergio.
I know it is a complete shift but will continue to work on this.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 06, 2019 11:03 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Just to comment I did the opposite. And when awards said nothing to me I think thing go well due to the construction project won intenational awards one of them in a PMI cathegory.
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Yuriy,

Within construction, you could choose a project that is more in IT, such as Datacenter. In line with IT infrastructure if that is what you're interested.
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Sep 05, 2019 4:17 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Yuriy -

This isn't an easy transition as most folks in an IT PM role started out as SMEs such as developers or analysts in the IT domain. PMI also acknowledges the importance of PMs knowing enough about a project domain to be effective.

One way will be if you work for a large construction company to make it clear you wish to transition to managing technology projects within that same company. That removes some of the risk to the company of putting someone without practical experience in that domain into the role.

If that isnt an option, then I would suggest investigating options such as taking some foundational courses in the IT domain which interest you (as infrastructure projects are very different from software development ones), job shadowing a few IT PMs and learning as much as you can about delivery approaches, common risks, estimation techniques and so on relevant to that domain.

Good luck!

Kiron
"This isn't an easy transition as most folks in an IT PM role started out as SMEs such as developers or analysts in the IT domain."

I don't know about this, almost all the IT PMs I have met/worked with had no background as IT SMEs. Some of them had been Business Analysts before they moved to project management.

Many companies now have IT Project Management Internships for fresh graduates but an IT related degree (such as computer science) is not needed, on the contrary candidates with Business degrees are preferred. So it is possible to become a (Junior) PM in 1, 2 years from graduating.

So while many employers don't appreciate the IT SME experience they are looking after experience in project management in IT projects. Some times they go very specific like Infrastructure IT PM, SAP PM, Web Development PM, etc. So yes it is hard to move from construction PM to IT PM but not necessarily because of lack of SME experience but more because of lack of experience in IT projects.
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