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The Unspoken Truth About Managing Geeks

This article was published on ComputerWorld on September 8, 2009 -   I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: "Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and business-challenged, victim-prone, bullheaded and credit-whoring. To overcome these intractable behavioral [...]

By | 2009-10-09T13:42:36+00:00 September 8th, 2009|CIO, IT, Management, Technology|1 Comment

8 Things We Hate About IT Critics

The last thing an opinions writer wants is to be discovered by their least “defendable” post.  But sometimes a little unvarnished opinion leads to a moment of clarity that objectivity would otherwise muddle. Such a moment was provided to me a month ago when I was doing one of my (many) daily digg and reddit [...]

By | 2010-09-14T14:25:26+00:00 July 17th, 2008|blogging, CIO, IT, Management|1 Comment

4 (Uncommon) Habits for Better IT, part 2

Jump to part 1... II - Use the Resources you have - Damn, if I had a nickel for every organization that bleeds money on unimplemented technology and underutilized, or more accurately "inappropriately utilized" staff... Companies, the world over, could save billions in IT, and operational costs, if they just used what they already have.  It doesn't matter if you're Unix [...]

By | 2007-10-23T22:25:21+00:00 June 5th, 2007|CIO, IT, Management, Technology|1 Comment

j.ello on IT Part 7: Who’s dealing with your s***?

Who da man? - What does it matter that the top IT leaders of today are more and more akin to the Pointed-Haired Boss instead of the Pocket-Protectored Practitioners of the past? An IT department is just a commodity service provided by a collection of people needing to be supervised, so any MBA will do... right? Well, interestingly enough, the [...]

By | 2007-05-10T10:39:28+00:00 March 19th, 2007|CIO, IT, j.ello on IT, Management|0 Comments

j.ello on IT Part 2: IT’s About Automation, Stupid.

What's IT?  For a complete, clear and detailed explanation, we turn to Wikipedia.  Well, ok, so I jest... it's woefully vague, probably inaccurate, though not entirely indefensible.  The current entry just doesn't annoy anyone enough to bother changing it - it's a "democratic truth".  Fact is, IT used to mean something, but misuse, time and evolution have diluted [...]

By | 2007-10-23T20:50:43+00:00 September 1st, 2006|CIO, IT, j.ello on IT, Management, Technology|0 Comments