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How do you break into the management world when you have 10+ years of Programming Experience under your belt?

I have been working as a software developer (now as technical lead from last 1 years) from last 10+ years. In these 10 years I gained some experience doing project management, new hires, resource management, and technology decisions but nothing "formal" or something that my position title would reflect. I want to make my next move and try for a Development Manager or Project Manager. How should I go about it? Would some sort of certification help me to increase my chances?

Asked By: BGrader - 6/16/2008
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If you like project management, the Professional Project Manager (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute can be worthwhile. If you work for a company with tuition reimbursement, or are willing to pay your own way, you might look into either a graduate certificate, or a degree, in a management topic... More
Answered By: e-Coach - 6/16/2008
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If possible, maybe gain some extra experience in those fields which you have not studied (ie no paper qualifications) and then look into a promotion whilst quoting your experience in you qualified fields aswell as those you have self-taught yourself.
Answered By: abhik_262 - 6/16/2008
 
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