(Note: there are similar questions, though this is distinct in as far as a boss is involved and the task is unknown to me)
My boss recently assigned me Project X. Although I am vaguely familiar with what it is about, I have never actually worked on any project like that. It is not part of my current job description, but it is likely something that might get me a promotion - and it is something I am interested in!
My boss, who I otherwise have a good relationship with, has been acting very differently since he assigned this to me. Normally a great mentor, he now gives me extremely vague and abstract goals, and when I ask for details on the process, he keeps repeating the goals and/or eschews the question.
My guess is that he's testing me, or he believes I should be able to handle it by myself. Either way, I barely understand the process, and think I won't do unless I receive extensive training in the subject.
What do I do?