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Hierarchical Designations in IT Industry

Srikanth Raghavan
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I would like to know the hierarchical designations that is commonly implemented in the IT industry(both technical and functional) from a programmer or a tester to CEO.

For eg:-
Programmer --> Team Lead --> Project Manager --> ???

Thank you,
Srikanth
Betsy Camel
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I guess it is

developer , team lead, Project lead, Project manager...

tester, test lead, test manager....
Jay Dilla
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it's probably different from company to company
but it might be something like:
jr. developer ---> developer ---> sr. developer ---> systems analyst ---> sr. systems analyst ---> arthitect(tech lead) ---> sr. arthitect ---> project manager ---> sr. project manager---> manager --->CIO ---> CEO
Srikanth Raghavan
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Thanks guys,
Srikanth
Vasu MuraliKrishnan
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Originally posted by Srikanth Raghavan:
I would like to know the hierarchical designations that is commonly implemented in the IT industry(both technical and functional) from a programmer or a tester to CEO.

For eg:-
Programmer --> Team Lead --> Project Manager --> ???

Thank you,
Srikanth


It depends on organisation structure...mostly this is how they do it:
You will have three main streams:
1. Delivery: Responsible for project delivery
2. Sales: Sales and Marketing
3. Technology: Grow as a technical architect/funtional consultant

Any of the three will lead you up till the middle managers role...From there starts the leadership team (note: there is a difference between leadership team and management team) like Unit head, country head, VP, COO, CEO...

We start like this
Trainee --> Programmer --> Team Lead...From her we need to decide..
The path can go like this based on the above three

Team Lead-->project manager-->account manager/Group lead-->Leadership team
Team Lead-->Pre-sales team(a part of Project management team)-->sales team-->Leadership team
Team Lead-->Busniess analyst/Sr.BA-->funtional expert/Technical architect-->Leadership team

Note: there is no hard and fast rule in any of the above. To be a part of leadership team, you need to expereince all the three streams
william gates
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if you start out as a programmer for company A, if your good, if you play the politics well, and if a company likes you enough and you stay around long enough, it can lead up to roles as team leads, managers, and so on.

But CIO and CEO are many times business people who played the politics to a tee. There are not many computer programmers who wind up as CEOs or even CIOs. At that point, it's more about politics, management, business than computing.
 
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