career progression program manager

Career Progression of Program Manager

There is a lot of confusion in professionals on what is the future career path once you are in the role of the program manager. 

In this article, I will be covering the aspect of progression in product organizations.

Please refer to the below image, depicting the different levels

career progression of program manager

In most cases Project Managers, Delivery Managers, QA Managers, Scrum Masters get progressed in the role of the program manager. 

From what I have seen, it takes around 2-3 years for a program manager to be promoted to senior program manager.  In the position of SPM, you are expected to get reporting of 2-3 program managers as well which will prepare you for the next role.

The next role is Principal program manager which gives you the opportunity to look at a complete function and have reporting of 5-10 program managers depending on organization size.

Next level is more of strategic role.

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