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A manager has to know when to ignore a precise number. “He has to know that ‘larger’ and ‘smaller,’ ‘earlier’ and ‘later,’ ‘up’ and ‘down’ are quantitative terms and often more accurate, indeed more rigorous, than any specific figures or range of figures.”

via Fat Chance | The Drucker Exchange | Daily Blog by The Drucker Institute.

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When you cannot change things, you’d better be disciplined – Claudio Feruglio

I met a CIO like that. He told me his policy was to never say No to the business. So he always said Yes, and the business was always angry because things he agreed to didn’t get done, or got done poorly or far later than they wished. His Yes meant nothing.

via Insights You Can Use » Blog Archive » Yes. No. Negotiate..

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Thanks to Antonio and his blog post (in italian) “Set your own drop box quota“, I’ve found a very interesting list of things that according to Drobpox managers should attract future employees.

You know what’s Dropbox, don’t you? 🙂 If not let me tell you that it’s a cult product  in these days and, as often happens for new companies of this kind, a cool place to work so, check the list:

  • Set your own Dropbox storage quota
  • Free lunches, snacks, coffee, and dinner if you’re up late
  • Competitive salaries
  • Build or buy your dream computer
  • Downtown SF office
  • Really flexible hours
  • Fifteen days of Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays
  • 401(k)
  • Several health insurance options
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance too
  • Musical culture: Complete music studio equipped with drums, P.A., amplifiers, etc…
  • Whiskey Fridays
  • Gaming! Starcraft 2, Rock Band, DDR (yep, a real machine) and Laser Tag in the office

As Antonio point out (if my interpretation is correct), it seems an impossible list for an Italian (European?) company!!

I’m really interested in knowing what you think about this list and I have 3 specific question:

  1. what’s really motivating you in this list (top 3)
  2. what would motivate you but it’s NOT in the list
  3. what’s is feasible, of this list, in your current company (if any 🙂 )

Come on, don’t be shy 🙂

PierG

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When people talk about their IT departments, they always talk about the things they’re not allowed to do, the applications they can’t run, and the long time it takes to get anything done.

Here is the beginning of an intriguing post called:  The end of the IT department – (37signals).

Let me state immediately that  I consider it oversimplistic and a  just sales pitch (guess what’s the proposed alternative to the status quo?) but … there is A LOT OF TRUTH in the post! And we, the evil IT departments, should always keep in mind these things I’ll quote from The end of the IT department – (37signals): the list of why your It department  sucks

  1. When people talk about their IT departments, they always talk about the things they’re not allowed to do, the applications they can’t run, and the long time it takes to get anything done
  2. If businesses had as many gripes with an external vendor, that vendor would’ve been dropped long ago.
  3. There’s no feedback loop for improvement.
  4. IT job security is often dependent on making things hard, slow, and complex.
  5. It’s the same forces and mechanics that slowly turned unions from a force of progress (proper working conditions for all!) to a force of stagnation

I agree on all these diseases and I seriously doubt the solution is the new silver bullet: “today you can get just about all the services that previously required local expertise from a web site somewhere“.

Is  this “you can find everything from a web site somewhere” changing  a lot the way we  do IT? Yes … and it’s not the silver bullet as it was not the  outsourcing or SOA or … It’s a tremendous arrrow, among other arrows.

The step ahead in IT departments will not be done thanks to a ‘technology’: as I use to say “if you think technology can solve all of your problems you don’t know technology or you don’t know your problems“.

But I’m more interested in learning from you: why does your IT department suck precisely?

PierG

Here is the list of the best posts of 2010 in the HBR blogs: a must read.

The Top 10 HBR Blog Posts of 2010 – Harvard Business Review.

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