General question for anyone who works on a team that keeps a backlog, RTs appreciated: how important is it to you that you can pick your own items to work on, from the backlog, as opposed to your team lead or manager assigning them to you?

Note that this question is about who is responsible for the assignment, not about participating in it. If your manager conducts a meeting in which they convene everyone in order to discuss tasks, but it's still their job to assign a task to you, that's their responsibility.

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If conversely they convene everyone and at some point say "here are the tasks, pick and let me know when you're done", that's people being responsible for picking their own.

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By personal preference (what makes you feel better):

A — always want to pick my own tasks
B — prefer to pick my own tasks
C — OK if my manager assigns my tasks
D — Prefer that my manager assigns my tasks

By outcome (what, in your experience, leads to better team results):

A — always want to pick my own tasks
B — prefer to pick my own tasks
C — OK if my manager assigns my tasks
D — Prefer that my manager assigns my tasks

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