The Fall of the House of Jargon

Inspired by Poe, ghoulish tales, and corporate jargon. I arrived at the House of Jargon on a windy day, overcast, with a steady drizzle of rain. The letter from Roderick Jargon arrived late because he didn’t follow best practices and the large attachment exceeded the size of my mailbox. His words said he had fallen ill trying to synergize members Read More …

The view from here. Amazing things I see in IT.

When I chose to pursue a career in information technology it wasn’t because I knew what the view would look like from the inside. I was, and still am, enamored with creating and building things. I’ve learned over time that the connection I feel with a new solution is just a piece of the IT view from the inside. The Read More …

A manager’s guide to the annual plan

Creating the annual plan is like solving a puzzle. Participating in the annual plan has always been a challenge to me to a certain extent for two reasons: In the past, I viewed the activity as more forecasting than planning. The plan was a list of goals and objectives that we hoped to achieve but we never knew what changes Read More …

The truth about IT managers.

Part 2 of 3 – The Truth is…. I’ll share some truths about developers, managers, and processes in IT. Just what is an IT Manager? The management career path in the Information Technology field is often a major “fork in the road” or decision point. Individuals weigh options between maintaining their technical skills and job assignments with responsibility for managing Read More …

What does the business require of me?

The question every IT professional should ask. I think through this question quite a bit. It has significance in the equation of work satisfaction and success. It is fundamental in how every IT professional should approach their career. What do my customers require of the Information Technology group? Typically, we try to answer this question in terms of running the Read More …