Jul 02, 2019 - 05:56 PM
Then, be sure you have the background, credentials, and experience required for the manager role or salary band. Make a plan to address any shortcomings.
Make it clear to the decision makers (and yourself!) that you are going in eyes wide open. That is, you understand moving into management is a major career transition, requiring a very different skill set than software development.
Assemble a business case for yourself much the same way as when you interviewed for your current role, highlighting accomplishments and making them relevant to the needs of the organization.
Have an elevator speech ready, along with polished responses to the inevitable questions, "tell me why you’d like to transition to being a manager" and "tell me about a time when…".
Develop strong interpersonal skills and cultivate critical soft skills, especially communication, time management, and delegation.
Become proficient in the application development life cycle, and the product management methodology your organization uses.
And finally, gather as much support as you can from your upline, peers, and especially prospective manager peers. If they all agree you would be a great manager, you are on your way!