What skills/certs/keywords would be useful? I don't have any formal programming experience, but I could certainly get started on that. Some s/w projects I've seen want a manager with a coding background, while some specifically *don't* want a coder so they won't get sucked into coding. I could get an MBA, but that's a fair amount of money and time, and again I'm not sure if it's really needed or not. There's always moving up in a company, but many of the PM positions in Austin are contract rather than full-time.
How did you break into project management? Is knowing the PMBOK enough with my background to start applying?
Thanks for your time!