In order to get to senior engineer, I need projects that show creativity and innovation. But I'm not able to get my manager to give me those projects. How do I find projects I can drive that are also impactful?
A common misconception I've seen: you don’t need to invent a completely new project or find something brand new to be the owner for a good project. Usually the senior/staff eng on the team have tons of work in their backlog. Setup a meeting with them and ask what they’re concerned about and what they need help with.
Don’t rely too much on your manager. They’re going to be pretty far removed from the day-to-day coding and product development. Here’s a process that usually works well:
Now you can have a more concrete discussion about the pros/cons of the project, if it aligns with your career goals, and if you’re well positioned to drive it.