Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Difference between role and designation

This is a follow up post based on a comment on my old post. Here are dictionary definitions of Role and designation

Role - Prescribed or expected behavior associated with a particular position or status in a group or organization.

Designation - nomination, appointment, or election to an office, position, etc.

In many IT companies I have seen designations and roles as totally mismatch. So someone being called as an Architect does no different work from a developer. And sometimes Leads act as managers, and managers just act as project coordinators. This often leads to confusions among what is expected from people, and what are their goals.

It's also important to understand that ROLE PRECEDES DESIGNATION. So if you are a lead aspiring to become a manager, in addition to your responsibilities, you need to get into the role of your manager. Start doing and understanding the nuances of being a manager.

Any questions?


Anushri Tayal said...

Well thnx a lot Ankur...!! I m glad that you replied me back..!! I think the differnce is much more clear now..thanx again..!!

Anonymous said...

In IT companies role and designation mismatch exists,can ny one think to solve it ..please?

Ankur Gupta said...

in india we have too much emphasis on designation. It is just a maturity cycle and overtime it will normalise and improve.

Rajesh said...

So as Designation i am System Analyst and Playing a Role as Business Analyst for the Past 3 Years. Now can i apply for the post of business analyst in other firms?

Ankur Gupta said...

@ rajesh yes.