I want to completely 180 the project I am working on and take it in a brand new direction, how can I best bring this up with my boss?
I am a 3rd year coop student on my first placement and I am about halfway though my 8 month term. For the last four months I have been working primarily on a project outlined by my boss and for the most part things seems to be going well. I don’t know how normal this is but I am working on it completely by myself, it is a very small company and my boss basically gave me a rough outline and told me to dive in. I haven’t been given any sort of timeline or budget but I have been able to buy a few small things as required. The issue is that last week I hit a wall and the next step in my project is well beyond my skill level and way outside my area of study. At the same time I had an idea for a new direction to take the project in, I’m talking a full 180 here.
I would like to turn this project around because I think the current plan fails to address our number 1 concern and in turn would create a few new problems. My new idea for this project is also not perfect and doesn’t solve every issue but it would fix our primary concern without creating any new ones. The changes I want basically make the last 4 months of work I’ve done irrelevant which is something I really don’t know how to tell my boss.
I really don’t want to come across as an arrogant hot shot student but I really do want my idea considered seriously, it’s a solid idea and probably worth some thought I just don’t know how to bring this up. When I’ve talked to my boss about small tweaks he has seemed reluctant consider to them so I don’t know what he will make of my idea to completely 180 my project, especially now that I am 4 months deep.
I know that my personal happiness is secondary here but I would be much happier redirecting my project and working towards something that I know I can succeed with and will result it a better final product (IMHO), I finally understand the expression between a rock and a hard place.