How do I maintain professional ownership of a potentially inflammatory, but awesome, project?
July 5, 2007 7:36 PM Subscribe
I have an awesome secret work project, but I'm worried that I'm going to get in trouble if I pursue it. Who can I get to help? How can I best negotiate the office politics? Essentially what I want to do is overhaul our website, but it not my place to do so, nor can I easily keep credit for my idea. A little more detail inside (sorry to be so vague)...
posted by anonymous to work & money (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
They just redesigned the website of my workplace. Quite frankly, it sucks, and it does not suit our youthful, web-smart user-base. I have a great idea to make it more helpful and intuitive. I believe I also have two big problems.
Firstly, web design is not my departmental thing, and I believe that the web design people will hate me and take this as a criticism (which it is), even if I pose this as a personal project (I am beginning relevant graduate studies in the fall). I am already especially not friendly with these folks.
The other problem is that the proper course for such an idea is to introduce it to a particular committee. I do not want to do this because I am slowly realizing that the point of this committee is to steal ideas of junior staff and turn them into "group initiatives". As far as I can tell, this just means that someone else does the project and gets the credit. This irritates me.
How do I do this? Do you have any advice? So far, my only plan is to ask for forgiveness when I'm done, once I've presented it or written it up. But I would really like to be able to discuss it with web people/experts in advance, because as I said, I don't really know how to go about it (tech-wise) even though it seems like a really simple reorganization to me. I could wait to learn it in my upcoming graduate studies, but that could take years and I'm really excited right now. How could I make contact, outside of my work, with someone who can help?
I apologize in advance for my inability to clarify.