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Those stated in the blog are leadership stuff which team leads and senior engineers need to have.

Principle engineers are simply people who can design and build a major product, a major project, or even a company's technology by themselves, alone if needed to.

This is definitely the case of different organizations having different labels for the same thing. Going by the article, "senior engineer" would translate to "engineer" and "principal engineer" to "senior engineer" in our company.

The labels are not at all important though (and can be fuzzy still - big companies use explicit numerical levels).

no way! principal engineers are those who have the technical vision and understanding to build a product by themselves. And the people and leadership skills to lead a large multilevel team of engineers to actually do so.

a project that could actually be built by a single person doesn’t have enough scope to warrant “principal”.

The sounds like a manager or a VP.

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