[–] cyclops1771 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

PMing for remote software development is pretty normal, since so much of the code is written by offshore companies/developers.

I second the other poster about PMP being the only cert worthwhile, but you have to have experience with that cert. You can't just take classes, pass the test, and be a PMP.

However, I suggest picking up PMP Certification for Dummies for $25, and if you read through that and are still interested in that methodology, then go ahead and drop the $200 on the PMBOK (Project Manager's Book Of Knowledge). That contains everything about PMing you could ever want to know.

Basically, PMing is documenting everything, communicating everything, and getting approval on everything. Throw in a bit of risk assessment and management, and have a person who you can trust on the technical and/or functional side, you can go far. Most people don;t want to do all the tedious fucking work that PMing requires, so they hire someone to be that tedious detail person.

[–] Mathurin1911 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Is the pay pretty decent?

Does my construction type PM experience help?

How would a person get into this?

I will check out the book you mentioned, just trying to get a handle on if it is an option for me in the short term (3-6 weeks) or will take months.

[–] cyclops1771 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The Dummies book you can get through in a couple weeks for sure. The PMBOK is a couple thousand pages of details, and then they change it up every other year or so, so that you can never get the whole thing going.

There are construction companies that use software too, and some software packages designed specifically for the construction industry. However, since they are already pretty focused on a single industry, the need for development drops dramatically. But, that brings in the opportunity to PM software implementations into that industry. Knowing the industry allows you to understand and talk to the issues that the field has, but this requires a bit more onsite effort than software dev.

The pay is usually excellent - especially if you go the contract route - 6 months here, 12 months there - you have to do your own taxes and benefits, but the pay is 4x+ the take home of a position where you are an employee, and your hiring company gets the hourly rates.

[–] SyriansAreTerrorists 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Dont bother with coursera. As a matter of fact, dont bother with any certification unless it's the PMP. PMP is highly recognized and an MBA or MS in project management will also get you far. Not exactly sure what kind of post-grad business education you have.

Work experience in a project management related capacity will be more useful than any non-PMP certification. Try to tailor the resume to that.

Honestly I've never heard of digital nomadic but it sounds like bullshit to me. I know software project teams can often be remote but for nearly any other industry it sounds like a scam.