Your Org Chart



  • So, here's the situation - we're a small web shop internal to a larger advertising company.  4 developers, 2 designers, 2 account people.  We are working up an Org chart with fitting titles.  Being in the advertising world, position titles for designers are easy, account people ditto, but we're trying to name the developer positions.  Any thoughts from you guys?  Technical Architect, Lead Developer, Jr. Developer, what are titles / heirarchy do you guys have where you work?



  • [quote user="Saint"]So, here's the situation - we're a small web shop internal to a larger advertising company.  4 developers, 2 designers, 2 account people.  We are working up an Org chart with fitting titles.  Being in the advertising world, position titles for designers are easy, account people ditto, but we're trying to name the developer positions.  Any thoughts from you guys?  Technical Architect, Lead Developer, Jr. Developer, what are titles / heirarchy do you guys have where you work?
    [/quote]

    General Secretary of Laying the Smackdown.

    sincerely,
    Richard Nixon 

     



  • My all time favorite job title is "solution developer", given to Avanade consultants I believe. I'm still trying to figure out a job where that title wouldn't apply. In any case ...

    At a small company, titles like "Technical Architect" are pretty silly and don't fool anyone. Software Developer is a good title to go with. There are generally five standard grades ...

    • I - Junior Dev - 0-2 Yrs Exp
    • II - Dev - 1-5 Yrs Exp
    • III - Dev - 3-7 Yrs Exp
    • IV - Senior Dev - 5-10 Yrs Exp
    • V - Lead - 8+ Yrs Exp (manages/supervises other devs)

    I would recommend using only Developer and Senior Developer, and basing it on pay and experience. A "Lead" is probably not applicable for you because that would be pretty silly to have a Mgr --> Lead --> Dev type of heirachy.



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  • [quote user="Alex Papadimoulis"]

    My all time favorite job title is "solution developer", given to Avanade consultants I believe. I'm still trying to figure out a job where that title wouldn't apply.

    [/quote]

    Well, I can imagine a company where some programmers develop technical components and frameworks (let's call them the "core developers") while other programmers use those components and frameworks to build the solutions for the actual clients, therefore being the "solution developers".



  • I go with Composer of Variable Strength Electrons.



  • I worked at an engineering consultant company for 5 years.  We had to be "engineers" in order to be paid accordingly.  So, were all "software engineers."



  • This might be a silly question, but why don't you just call them 'Developers'?



  • Not a silly question at all.  It's not just 'what we call them'.  In larger companies pay, responsibilities, and seniority are all tied to your title.  So, you don't just ge a raise, you get a promotion - say from Jr. Developer to Developer.  On top of that, when someone is searching the intranet for the right person to consult with on a new project - they need to be able to fairly quickly get the right number to call.  Someone with Lead, Supervisor, or Manager would be a better one to call than someone with Junior in their title.

    Thanks for the responses.  I made my suggestions and was promptly given a different title that I don't think I will share here.  I will say however that it has 14 syllables in three words.
     



  • Aww, please post it here, it sounds like a nice light entertainment WTF 😉



  • Because I'm in a small company, my official job title is Technical Officer. Lately I noticed that in my email signature I didn't have my job title. I had a look and some of my co workers had stuff like Software Engineer. 

    As a result, I've changed my job title in my email signature each week. I started with Janitor, got promoted to Blob Wrangler and now I'm a Funambulist. Probably a little unprofessional, but apparently I've inspired my mates at other companies to do the same.



  • The org chart is pretty flat here. My job title is "The IT Department".

     

    So...
    I don't think I can really help there. I'd just go with the "making it
    up" suggestion above. Try "Lord High Chancellor of All Things Java-ey"
    and that sort of thing. "Developer" and "Software Architecht" are just
    so passé.



  • "Minister of All Things Not Working Properly, Even After You've Given Them a Good Thumping."



  • check out http://www.bullshitjob.com/titles.html

     personal fav: Chief Optimization Executive



  • [quote user="pbounaix"]

    check out http://www.bullshitjob.com/titles.html

     personal fav: Chief Optimization Executive

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    <font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif">This is scary, my job title closely resembles one of these...

    Still, nice find!

    writes good sounding titles for future use

    Edit: I like the Human Web Specialist!



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  • [quote user="pbounaix"]

    check out http://www.bullshitjob.com/titles.html

     personal fav: Chief Optimization Executive

    [/quote]

    My first generated title: Direct Directives Director.

    ROOOOOOOOOFL



  • [quote user="Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Over."]

    ROOOOOOOOOFL

    [/quote]

    Hey! Last time I checked, ROFL was not an expandojective. Tsk tsk tsk.

     


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