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 deficits you must do X, Y and Z.”
Recently, though, I have come to realize that perfectly healthy groups with solid, well-adjusted IT pros can and will devolve, slowly and quietly, into the behaviors that give rise to the stereotypes, given the right set of conditions. It turns out that it is the conditions that are stereotypical, and the IT pros tend to react to those conditions in logical ways. To say it a different way, organizations actively elicit these stereotypical negative behaviors. …
– Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks (2009-Sep-08) [ComputerWorld]
Every manager should have to read this article. My favourite line I think every good IT pro on the planet idolizes Dr. House (minus the addictions).
Carrier pigeon delivers data faster than Telkom
A SOUTH African information technology company has proved it was faster for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using Telkom , the country’s leading internet service provider.
Internet speed and connectivity in Africa’s largest economy are poor because of a bandwidth shortage. It is also expensive. …
– Carrier pigeon delivers data faster than Telkom (2009-Sep-09) [news.com.au]