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Career Progression of Program Manager

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Career Progression of Program Manager

There is a lot of confusion among 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

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In most cases, Project Managers, Delivery Managers, QA Managers, and 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 reported of 5-10 program managers depending on organization size.

The next level is more of a strategic role.

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