of course the plan's the plan till the plan changes.
but as it seems at this point in the game, in a couple of weeks i will be leading one of the efforts in this big-ass, highly highly highly visible project/deal which is already hundreds of thousands of dollars and has the potential to reach the millions if *this* project goes well. i don't know where this came from.
well, i sort of do. i don't know where the approval came from, though.
it happened while we were setting up the project plan and trying to figure out who out of the original team and the additional resources coming in would be staffed on which effort (because of a tight timeline, we have parallel efforts going on and more people coming in to work on those.) there was a particular effort which will be tedious but important, which was scheduled for one person, 4 weeks. i volunteered to do it, not really realizing that it would entail being the 'project manager' as it was only one person. the main pm overseeing the entire effort (and, coincidentally, my mentor) was all, like, "ok." and then he was like, "you know you'll be the pm for that part, then." and i was like, "shut UP!"
then my regional manager (i'm managed to death) had other ideas about that effort and had been thinking about bringing someone else in. and i resigned myself to not being an Army of One for four weeks.
i think m. (mentor, big-picture-pm) went to bat for me and convinced my manager to put me on it instead. not only that, but instead of being 1 person 4 weeks, the effort is now 2 people 2 weeks. and... get this... i'm still in charge! so this will be my first 'real' project management experience, and there's even a chance for me to 'manage and develop others'! i can delegate! incentivize! leverage our synergies!
i'm a mixture of amused and intimidated.