When it comes time to pick a project, I choose the more technically interesting project, but it often doesn’t have as much business impact. As a result, I feel some of my efforts are wasted. How can I choose a more impactful project?
When you say you “choose” the project, it makes me think that you’re selecting among various options. However, for a senior+ engineer, the best projects are ones where you played a significant role in defining the milestones and outcomes of the project. You want to be the one defining the project rather than choosing something that the product manager handed to you.
Once you’re comfortable with having a more active role in what you’re working on, a few recommendations: