My team's project was cancelled directly by the CEO, but my manager has decided that we should keep working on it. In the headcount request spreadsheet for the next quarters, my manager is inflating the amount of time necessary to do the projects we are supposed to be doing, so we can still keep going with this project.
Is my manager's action ethical? If not, is it still a normal kind of thing that CEOs know will happen? And how should I respond? Should I refuse to join in with this? Or is it still okay for me to do what my manager tells me to do?
My main concern is about the practical effects for me, not about the ethics of other people. I want to work on projects that have the backing of the CEO, Chairman, and Board, because it means that they'll get delivered. This is important for my career ambitions, and also important to me personally, because I want to change the world through technology. I've decided to keep working on this project, but maybe look to join a different project that has better chances of furthering my career.