Are you a project manager in China?

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This is a true story. Hope it can help some "project managers"
in China.

One of my former Java students came from Beijing. One day,
she called me and ask me what is a project manager...
She was doing some testing work at that time.

When she was in China, she led a group of 6-7 people doing some IT projects. She did not code herself. She just needed to tell her team player to do this, do that... She came to USA through a consulting company.

Her American colleagues asked her several times what her duty in China was. She always answered "project manager". Her colleages showed a comlexion of confusion.. At last, she found
there were some tricky things so she called me

"Project manager" is a high-level position. It is very important.
A project manager has a lot of powers and is well paid, usually
better than a senior Java guy. If a project is not going well,
the project manager will be the first person to be kicked off
--of course, he/she can go away by him/herself.

Because my student was a "project manager" in China, her American colleagues could not understand why she would like to do QA (tesing) work in the USA.

Frankly speaking, Canada does not need any "project manager"
imported from China. If you have ever been a "project manager" in China, I suggest you use another title---team leader. This will sounds better. I hope I am not misleading
any people.

I have ever meet two very special IT professionals from China.
One graduated from Tsinhua but he had been doing IT-related
business. Another graduated from Peking University and was a manager in a foreign-adventured company. Both of them have
a BS in Computer Science. After they came to USA, there had to
learn sth like Oracle Database and ASP to earn their livings.

Chinese system is different from Canadian and American ones.
Similar words can mean completely different things.
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