I work as a software engineer on a team and we have a tech lead who has been on the team for several years. For the past year, we recently have changed our technical stack (frameworks, etc) for our new client to something very VERY different while still somewhat supporting the old client.
Because our tech lead has not touched any of the new code, he hasn't actually taken any coding work for the new technical stack and has strictly been helping creating tickets of work of what should happen, going to meetings, and rarely helping with the old client. This has worked for a bit especially when we first started building the application and the tasks being asked were very straightforward.
However, as our new application grows, the feature tickets start getting more complex and a lot of the engineers are unsure how to go about implementing the work. In places where I have previously worked, the technical lead would help guide the team or give perspective on how to go about implementing the feature but because at least for this team, our technical lead strictly does more clarification of what is expected of the feature and depends on the team to talk through how they might go about implementing it and if no one knows, he creates a ticket for us to figure it out.
I had a 1-on-1 with him and brought up how he doesn't code as much more and his response was he was working on it but I haven't seen much change these past few weeks. I also mentioned if he has questions on transitioning he could ask the team and he said he would consider it.
Because I haven't seen much change despite that conversation, I was thinking of bringing it up with my manager but was wondering if that was actually what I should do? Or perhaps I should be more direct with my team lead? In truth, I am not fully aware of what other responsibilities he may have or if it is even my place to question my team lead. I have looked at a lot of other questions and it does sound like the technical lead should have a strong understanding of how the application works but not sure if they are actually relevant if my tech lead has been given a more managerial role.
EDIT: I appreciate all the responses regarding "not my job to babysit the lead" -- I understand that this probably comes or can very well come off that way even though that isn't my intention. My intention was more so to voice that "I don't feel I can ask my tech lead for advice" which is one of the responsibilities of a tech lead and I don't really see how else that can be brought up without talking to him and/or my manager eventually.