As a software engineer, I have helped to manage the lifecycle of projects (i.e., design, implementation, testing and launch). I have also observed different roles (i.e., management, engineering, product) working on multiple projects. I realize that a project of organization-wide impact pushes all these project members to progress in their career (and some of them become org leaders)
I had a few related questions:
- In an enterprise environment, is running a massive project equavalent to running a company?
- How large should this project be to give an individual the amount of pressure and experience of running a company?
- If you think "just quit your job and start a company", why do smart people still tend to stay at enterprise company?
I have started small business before, but it was never close to a startup. I want to know how people think of this topic, given our common experience of the past 10-20 years of tech industry growth.
Let me know your thoughts, and I'll draft my own thoughts in comment area too.