| ||Ask HN: What to do as a software engineer that cares more about what to build?|
22 points by oncethere 3 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 22 comments |
|I've been an engineer for many years and it's become pretty clear that What a team chooses to build (or not) has far more impact than the architecture / code design choices. Nowadays the role feels like someone else figures out what to build, and we just code it up.|
I love coding, but I've gotten to the point where I just can't enjoy it if I'm not involved also choosing what we build. The most interesting time in my career was when I did the spec, architecture, and code of a pretty fundamental system (small team, just lost the PM, fell to me as tech lead). The worst time was contributing for a number of years to a large software platform that had incredible groundbreaking tech and fundamentally failed in the marketplace.
It seems my only choices are to 1.) be a PM and stop coding or 2.) find a team where engineering also makes product decisions
Has anyone else successfully navigated this dilemma?
PS I've had the same experience as an engineering manager - less coding, no real responsibility for what the team chooses to build.
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