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4 IT Cultures: Which One Are You?
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Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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7/28/2014 | 11:02:34 PM
Re: One More Category: Willing But Constrained or Protect my fiefdem
@ Drew I absolutely believe that you are correct that it does come down to coporate culture.  Top down pressure to perform with out the correct tools and the support mechanism in place.  A culture of fear and protect and take no expsoure is not a healthy culture.  It is sad too because if you create a culture of mutual success then everyone is successful, and frankly that ishow it should be.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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7/28/2014 | 9:51:38 AM
Re: One More Category: Willing But Constrained or Protect my fiefdem
That's a great point. There's often a lot of fiefdom-protecting that goes on. I think in part it might be driven by company culture, where everyone in the organization feels like they have to cover their butts and protect their own interests. It's hard to think about how to drive the business or serve internal customers in that kind of environment.
Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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7/24/2014 | 10:37:34 PM
Re: One More Category: Willing But Constrained or Protect my fiefdem
I agree there is definitely a fifth if not more.  In a recent project that I participated in the customers was very dysfunctional and the key objective was not mutual success or win win but rather take on exposure and protect my fiefdom, at the vendor's expense.  Becasue it as to be someones fault, but not theIT responsible party.
Laurianne
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7/23/2014 | 11:23:21 AM
Curmudgeons
I went to a holiday party at the home of an IT curmudgeon once. It was one of the longest afternoons of my life. However I think the curmudgeons are being pushed out. You simply need too many people skills to succeed in the current digital business era -- tough to get away with being a curmudgeon. PS: @Drew let's not cast Ashton Kutcher in that movie.
Lorna Garey
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7/23/2014 | 11:22:36 AM
Re: One More Category: Willing But Constrained
Come on, let's be honest - we need a sixth category: Incompetent and despised. This is the super annoying overaged frat boy best friend of the male romantic lead who can't hold a job, smells bad, and is rude to the female love interest and her friends. A walking cliche, he lives in his parents' basement and subsists on cold pizza. The male lead can either jettison the loser or say sayonara to love and success in life.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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7/23/2014 | 9:49:24 AM
IT Soul Mate: The Movie
I can practically see the screenplay for this comedy. A smart but harried and slightly lonely business unit living in a San Francisco apartment meets a geeky but sweet IT organization when IT's pet ferret gets mixed up in the business unit's laundry bag. They discover they both share a passion for digital business and Hadoop. After a few charming mix-ups involving a lost smartphone and some mis-interpreted Instagram posts, they realize they were made for each other and get married. Cue a pop music gem from the '90s, run the dance sequence, and roll credits.
Alison_Diana
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7/23/2014 | 9:15:21 AM
Re: One More Category: Willing But Constrained
I think IT has to be a bit of a combo-pack, aiming toward Soul Mate (no roses needed, though!), but with a bit of friendly curmudgeon thrown in. Now, this isn't a grouch for the sake of it; rather, it's a team that ensures an organization adheres to regulatory and governance rulings through education and collaboration, not barking and "get off my lawn" signs.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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7/22/2014 | 5:47:32 PM
Re: One More Category: Willing But Constrained
Is "Soul Mate" asking too much of an IT organization? One that's right alongside business units, inseparable, finishing each others' sentences, understanding needs the business units didn't even know they had. (OK, I think I'm tearing up a bit just thinking about it.)

 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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7/22/2014 | 12:12:28 PM
One More Category: Willing But Constrained
I think maybe there's a fifth category that could go here, something like "Willing But Constrained." In this category, IT is open to all kinds of things, but can't get to multiple projects because of staff and budget constraints. Or maybe this is just a subset of all the IT categories regardless.


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