I am a 46 year old engineering manager, with 20 years of experience in the software industry, for a team of 8 people (who are mostly automation engineers in a product-based company) for the last year. Most of my team works on different products and contributes to software automation. They are part of different agile teams and work is allocated to them based on each sprint, which I am not a party to. I spend my day mostly doing few code reviews, but most of the time I get confused, as my role is ambiguous.
I have spoken to my manager and he is always like:
You have to bring up good ideas to the team.
But from time to time, I get demotivated and I still don't understand what my role is, or how I can really create an impact. E.g - By writing good code for some project or creating a framework/tool/something else. Hope I will get a practical answer, which will help me definitely. My Manager does not have clear idea - He is banking on me.
My team is doing quite well and the respective sprint team are happy with their performance and also getting promoted.