Do you want to hear the kicker? His start up is a chatbot that he thinks replaces a project manager.
That would be very welcome.
If you deem your colleagues as “losers” for asking for direction, then consider that you’re not fit to lead them.
In between decent blocks of work (epics, milestones, etc) I tend to ask my manager if priorities have changed since we last spoke and if he needs help with anything before I do the next feature.
This prevents me from wandering off and doing unneeded or less-needed work. That’s also true agile.
If workers set their own priorities then that manager is deadweight and should immediately be excised from the organisation.
Maybe not the point he was trying to make but if Yegor’s manager is reading this, you know what to do.
I don't like this piece. Typical advice from an extrovert with a big mouth. Try being helpful if you see a person lacking part of what is needed to do a job.
First, it shows that you have capacity. Therefore, you need more to do. They may accuse you of sandbagging.
Second, it shows that you don't understand the plan. Since you don't understand the plan, you shouldn't be on a promotion or management track.
Third, it shows that you're eager to please. You can be counted on to pick up tough spare tasks that nobody really knows how to do; you'll put in the effort.
As many side replies note, there are plenty of better ways to communicate with your boss without leaving yourself open to exploitation.
The article and formulation smells of entitlement as bad cologne across the room.
You don't question your boss, you lowly peasant. Know your place.
that said, i, too, don't agree with this article at all.
Starting a task that hadn't been explicitly prioritized would get anyone on the team in trouble. It's never been difficult to get new work approved (just ask) but it had to be approved.
I don't think a Ticket tracker is needed to know what needs to be done next. Some people are really good at pointing out priorities and at the same time the boundaries of what I can do