I am a QA tester, and started with my company almost a year ago.
On my second day, I got invited to a meeting to discuss a project (let's call it Project A) that was just getting started. I am the only QA tester on this team. I have been spending about 15 - 20 hours a week for the past 11 months on this project. The rest of my time is spent on another project (Project B).
Just the other day, I came to a surprising revelation: I am 99% sure that I was invited to the original Project A meeting by mistake. They had intended to invite a different QA tester with the same name (I have a very common name). I didn't realize it because it was just my second day. So while I've been giving 15 - 20 hours/week to Project A, I should have been giving 40 hours/week to Project B.
This is a very embarrassing situation, but I feel like it's not fully my fault. My question is, what's the best way to bring this up with my manager, who has a history of getting very angry about small things?
And if you're wondering, this went on for as long as it did because we were all remote due to COVID. When I did have 1-on-1 meetings with my manager (which are not very often), I would sometimes bring up challenges with Project A, but they must have been generic enough problems that he didn't realize I was talking about another team.
Also if you're wondering, I finally started getting suspicious about things when I went to a happy hour (the first post-COVID) with Project A team. When I introduced myself, a lot of people looked very confused. Some just looked at me with puzzled stares. Others made some strange comments like "you've lost a lot of weight" (I haven't), "so you finally decided to shave off the beard" (I've never had a beard), and "how are the dogs?" (I don't have dogs). After a lot of digging, I finally reached out to the other individual with my same name. He confirmed that he thought he was supposed to be working on Project A, but never got invited to any meetings, and so has been focusing on other work.