While updating my PMI profile, I stumbled upon the field “What is your title/position?”. Browsing through the available options, I got confronted with the titles “PM I”, “PM II”, and “PM III”, which I couldn’t really align at the first time. Then when I browse through the PMI portal I found out that they are connected to the maturity level of a PM. These are career framework job descriptions by PMI’s Career Development Framework. PMI has a career development framework branded as PathPro. Nevertheless, I thought it would be great to share the definitions of the three titles. Here is the list of the pm career ladder:

Project Manager I: 0-3 years of experience / works under supervision of Sr.PM
Project Manager II: 3-5 years of experience / multiple projects or one large project
Project Manager III: 6-10 years of experience / leads high priority projects

In my personal view the classification have some value in enabling senior managers to save time by judging their juniors by label rather than by character, talent, aptitude and merit. Also, some of the staffers in Human Resources may have an artifact in the classification scheme which they can use to justify their own raise or promotion.

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