Engineer A on my team was working on big refactoring project. I joined same project around 65-70% completion. Now he’s leaving for a vacation and I’ll be leading project and finishing it. By time he’ll leave it will mostly be completed 90-95%. My questions are:
To make an impact, it you don’t need to own all of it. In fact, almost anything of significance is a group effort and at more senior levels, nearly nothing will be solely attributed to only you. Being able to pick something up midway and deliver results in a short span of time gives several signals of seniority such as rapid onboarding / absorbing context quickly while making it easy for others to build upon what you did.
There’s a probably a reason other than vacation backfilling for why you were chosen for this. By closing out the project well, I see this as an opportunity to accumulate a lot of social capital with whoever assigned it to you as well as the remainder of the project team. Don’t forgot to give kudos / credit where it’s due for Engineer A’s contributions as well and not brush it off.