A common refrain we hear when presenting at technical conferences and training events is “How can I get promoted into IT management?” We hear this so often that we’ve worked out a sort of mental flowchart for the subsequent dialog. (We are IT people after all). And our exploratory question is, “Why would you want a promotion into management?”

The variety of answers is as unique as the people who ask the question, but they are pretty easy to aggregate into several broad categories:

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