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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. 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.
Thank you, Kiron. Appreciate your advice.
If you can dream it you can do it, once been said. Will keep moving that direction.
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.
Hope you have find the solution, can share it?
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.
I know it is a complete shift but will continue to work on this.
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.
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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