I've been at this small startup (~100 engineers) for about 8 months.
I've worked on 2 different projects/teams (2 months + 6 months) for various reasons. This constant ramp up process is limiting my ability to make significant impact.
Now my manger is about to move me to another totally different project because my current project scope is transferred to another team.
The startup hasn't done a layoff yet, but the possibility is there this year.
I think I need to stop paying the ramp up cost and stick to my current area (meaning switching to the other team) so I can make bigger scope impact and avoid getting laid off.
How should I navigate this conversation with my manger?
I found a bunch of questions and answers about this topic by searching like this on Google: "switch team site:https://www.jointaro.com"
They are helpful.
But if anyone sees there's a unique angle to this situation please let me know.
Sorry to hear about your team thrash - It's definitely not very conducive to software engineer growth. I 100% agree that at your career stage, it makes more sense to stick to something and get really good at it.
Here's some tactics from my end:
I also recommend going through my series on Effective Communication if you haven't already.
thank you so much Alex!