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Today I have my annual performance review. I don't know how to feel about it compared to last year. I don't feel as if I have the same rising-star image that I did a year ago - not because I feel that I haven't accomplished much, but because I feel as if I've grown into my job title more appropriately. Stabilized, as it were.

At the same time, I don't feel as if it's time for me to move up the ranks - but again, this isn't because I feel insufficient. For several months, I've heard that a clear line of progression would be laid out by my superiors indicating which steps must be taken for promotion, but I've as yet heard no details. Has this not been finalized? I essentially don't know what it takes to advance in my team. Maybe it's not even that, however...

Perhaps the team is just the right size, and we have to have some lower level folks to do the lower level detail work? The data fixes, the small code changes, the occasional new process. That would REALLY suck, because it would require me to remain in my roll until a) somebody above me moved up or out, or b) we garnered enough new business to justify more entry-level positions, freeing me to move up.

Don't misunderstand me - I don't want to sound like some corporate-ladder-climbing IT guy. I do, however, want to get out of the low-level details, and move up to more broad design and diagnostic work. More analysis. Less coding.

Maybe it's my time, maybe I'm not. Hopefully I'll have a better idea after today.