Wednesday 14 July 2004

you can call me m'lady

It seems like several people at my company have a Very Important Title, particularly those at our Ft. Lauderdale office. For example, I had a list of people I needed to send a document to for approval but many of the names were unfamiliar. I looked them up in our company address book, and every one of them was a "Senior Product Manager". It appears that we only have senior roles for this particular position, as I've never come across just a "Product Manager". What are they before they become senior? Why are there so many of them? What do they do? The mind boggles.

It's like the fact that I'm a "Lead Technical Author". I don't actually have a team, nor have I ever been anything but the sole author for a particular product (thus, I've always been the lead writer), but I have both the thrill and honour of this extra word at the beginning of my job title. Where can I go from here? Apparently, the next step up is Lead Technical Author 1. Goodness.

Everyone should have a Very Important Title. If you don't have one, I urge you to come up with one today and print it on some business cards. It'll make you feel better about yourself, and people will invite you to lots of meetings. Go on, give it a try!

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