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Becoming a Project Manager
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This question has been running over and over of when I am capable/ eligible to become a Project Manager? You know, I came to know about PMP recently. I was thinking I can become PM after 8 or 9 yrs of sound experience in my field. But, things are different. Is it like, complete PMP and move from project engineer to Project Manager? I know I am not right but, not sure on what it takes to become a Project Manager? When my management will think I should be given a shot?
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Muthukrishnan -

There is no standard for this which is why there are so many "accidental" PMs. It really comes down to the organizational project management maturity & job standards within your company including the definition of what a project is (and isn't).

Someone could be competent at managing a project without bearing the title and others can spend a lifetime mismanaging projects while in the titled role.

I would recommend speaking to your HR department or the people managers overseeing the PMs in your company to get more insight.

Kiron
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1 reply by Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
Jan 31, 2018 9:41 AM
Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
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Yeah I agree. Thanks
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Muthukrishnan,

While your company may be the final arbiter of when you're ready to become a Project Manager, the decision on capabilities is fully up to you. I suggest developing a learning plan to enhance your knowledge of project management by listening to webinars and training here and elsewhere. As you gain knowledge in project management, your confidence level in your abilities as a Project Manager will rise. Also, ensure your company knows of your interest and learning about project management. Good luck!

J. R.
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1 reply by Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
Jan 31, 2018 8:33 PM
Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
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Yes James, I lack in my confidence level for any of the decisions that I make. Need to improve
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Jan 31, 2018 9:09 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Muthukrishnan -

There is no standard for this which is why there are so many "accidental" PMs. It really comes down to the organizational project management maturity & job standards within your company including the definition of what a project is (and isn't).

Someone could be competent at managing a project without bearing the title and others can spend a lifetime mismanaging projects while in the titled role.

I would recommend speaking to your HR department or the people managers overseeing the PMs in your company to get more insight.

Kiron
Yeah I agree. Thanks
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Muthukrishnan,
I agree with Kiron on this. In the beginning, I was managing projects without a title, so it depends on your organization as well. I think you should explore more by talking to other managers or HR, also let them know about your interest.
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1 reply by Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
Jan 31, 2018 8:34 PM
Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
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Will they(HR or manager) be all ears to my interest?
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Jan 31, 2018 9:41 AM
Replying to J.R. Russell, PMP
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Muthukrishnan,

While your company may be the final arbiter of when you're ready to become a Project Manager, the decision on capabilities is fully up to you. I suggest developing a learning plan to enhance your knowledge of project management by listening to webinars and training here and elsewhere. As you gain knowledge in project management, your confidence level in your abilities as a Project Manager will rise. Also, ensure your company knows of your interest and learning about project management. Good luck!

J. R.
Yes James, I lack in my confidence level for any of the decisions that I make. Need to improve
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Jan 31, 2018 11:27 AM
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Muthukrishnan,
I agree with Kiron on this. In the beginning, I was managing projects without a title, so it depends on your organization as well. I think you should explore more by talking to other managers or HR, also let them know about your interest.
Will they(HR or manager) be all ears to my interest?
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Hi Muthu , I would suggest taking up a Project Management certification like a Prince2 which will give you a structured approach and more insight into the Project Management Aspects . You can even get the CAPM to obtain a strong foothold on the PMBOK. You can equip yourself with some Agile courses like a certified scrum Master.

On the practical side , you can approach your manager to get you into a project coordination type role where you can get a good understanding of Project Risks and Issues, Project meeting management , vendor relationships, tenders/documentation , even a high level view of the projects , you may be asked to produce certain artiacts like Project Schedule, Project Plans , all these are good way to learn Project Management

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