Found out yesterday that I have been promoted to the heady heights of "IC5". (Also know as "Senior Principle Software Engineer" in the UK or "Consulting Member of Technical Staff" in Oracle US) This has been a long term goal of mine, slightly set back when I switched from UML to web services and had to start in a new area. It is also something you need the support of a bunch of good people to achieve both in day-to-day and in terms of references. It might also interest an outsider to know that some of these reference have to come from outside not just your group but also in some cases from outside Oracle.
So big thanks to my co-team members past and present, Alan Davis, Alan Gibson and Sheen Brisals. And of course my direct managers John Blair and Dai Clegg for supporting me in the process of gathering the evidence to back the promotion! And for those outside of my group for providing good references. (Money is in the post etc.)
Now back to what ever I was doing the day before yesterday. As is generally the case you find you are already doing the job by the time you get the promotion.