I'm starting a new project after 3 years of software & AI development in the same company & department.
I was initially supposed to develop the software/AI part of the project based on skills, but in a literal last-minute decision, my area of expertise was given to a colleague with more credentials (PhD) but actually a mediocre track record vs my 90% success rate in projects.
However, the new project requires the purchase of a very pricy 50k+ hardware equipment for telecom testing.
So my managers asked me to assess the procurement of hardware that requires at least EE/ degree in communications or as perceive several months of testing.
He also said he wants me to take over the telecom part (Again I have 0 experience in this arena!).
However, my manager insists that he wants my opinion by the end of the week.
I told him several times, that I have never in my 10-year career done any telecom work and that he requires an expert EE (Electrical Engineer) with at least 5 years of relevant work.
He is a Physicist with 15 years of hardware & software experience, so I'm not sure why he's not aware of my competencies (or this might be some hidden agenda).
But he firmly insisted that he wants me to make the decision on which equipment should be purchased.
I really take pride in my honesty and feel that 1 week is not enough time, an honest decision would require "some knowledge" & extensive talk with the companies.
What are my options:
If my job depends on giving an uneducated guess should just do it?
Or stand my ground and insist that I don't have the qualifications, and see what happens (most likely get fired)?
If I'm forced to give an opinion how can I wisely do this & minimize my risk?