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Can anyone tell me the steps to moving from an IT Project Manager to Software Engineer?


Jamell Culbreath Columbus, OH

I have over 20 years experience (6 years in IT) in project management and looking at possibly moving to a career as a Software Engineer. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

16 August 2021 4 replies Career Exploration



Amit Chaudhary San Jose, CA

As a middle ground, consider getting proficient at no code or low code frameworks.


Jeff Brownell Titusville, FL

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Gabriel Hoffman Falls Church, VA

Jamell; unless you have very solid coding skills and experience, I suggest that you target the non-coding aspects of the software engineering life cycle - such as up front business analysis and requirements, or back end testing, release management, deployment, and end user support. In my business area, coding is less than half the effort on a large software project.
Getting Agile experience as a Product Owner or Scrum Master would be useful as well.


Shaun Tolchin New York, NY

Hi Jamell,

Thank you for your service!

The answer certainly depends on what kind of software engineering you're looking to do, but these look like good sites to check out to start:

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