Swati Gupta: I am a QA engineer and wanted to move into program management role. What should be my direction and approach to get there ?
Animesh Sharma: In today’s fast competitive environment, software companies are shifting to Agile development methodology. In case you are exploring the role of a Program Manager, you can start with getting yourself Scrum certified. You must have basic certification and, depending on your interest, you can put higher certification in place.
In parallel get yourself accustomed to different Tools present in the market – Jira, Asana, basecamp etc. And be the master of one used in your organization. Also, having MBA program does help in movement to a Program management role.
Lastly, before everything, do talk to your manager about your interest and he/she can guide you with possible path in the existing organization.