Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dave's ill-informed, under-educated, dumbass "Top 5" Rules for IT operational success

Dave's ill-informed, under-educated, dumbass "Top 5" Rules for IT operational success.

1. Clear Direction

Can you state the reason, rationale and impact of any task or project in ONE SENTENCE?

Yes - Proceed
No - You are doomed to horrific failure

2. Chain of Command

Do you receive ALL of your tasking from your direct line manager?

Yes - Proceed
No - You are doomed to horrific gang-raping failure

3. Personal Cohesion

Do the people in your group, team, or project get along well on a personal and personality level?

Yes - Proceed
No - You might succeed, but you will eventually fail in a horrific way

4. Personal Interest

Is it fairly normal for the people on your teams to work additional hours because they LIKE doing what they do, as opposed to doing it in order to avoid getting reamed in the next status meeting for falling behind?

Yes - Proceed
No - You are doomed to tragic, catastrophic failures of Biblical proportions.

5. Vendor Agnosticism

Do most of the decisions regarding strategic operations (hardware, software, internal and external services, staffing, etc.) tend to be knee-jerk towards one vendor per category, or are they up for grabs during each review?

Yes - There is hope for your organization
No - Forget it and start putting in applications at another place as soon as possible


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