Background: Engineering, Europe, Intern
Through personal contacts I got hired into a company as an intern. That initial contact is now my boss. On good terms with all my colleagues.
Boss pushes through the purchase of a software package "everybody uses in this industry" for product management (five-figure price). Everybody hates it.
With that commitment, if he backed out he'd lose face and somebody suggested he might even be fired by higher management if it turns out all of this was lost money. Nobody knows how he marketed it to higher management.
Fellow colleagues are (properly) pissed off. One of them today said that he had lost all confidence in him. Emotions run deep.
I've been tinkering with the idea to reprogram it, since I have too little to do. The developments in the last two points have me concerned that I'd be getting too deep into company politics.
I can see three options:
- Pretend I don't know the seriousness since I'm new and bring wireframes to his office Monday. Might not lose face but is it enough to push for change? I can play the unknowledgeable intern card without much risk.
- Join meeting with my colleagues they were having next week with him and throw the idea in. Too much involvement?
- Drop the idea of involving myself with it. I still have to use the crappy program in question for another two months and will have to sit around bored and unchallenged.
If I'm unclear with anything, please leave a comment before writing extensive answers :)