DIY

I should probably have learnt this some time ago…

Quite often we find no-one is willing to do the {insert-task-here}.

I don’t know why. Fear of getting it wrong. Fear of ridicule. Fear of crayons. Whatever. Heres a tip on how to get things moving when no-one seems willing…

DO IT YOURSELF!

It doesn’t even matter if you do it badly. In fact it’s often better to do it badly on purpose!

You’ll be amazed (or maybe not) at the number of people that come out of the woodwork to provide their own “advice”. All of sudden you’ll have no end of input. Just be prepared to bite your tongue and take solace in the knowledge that you took one for the greater good.

Someones got to get the ball rolling…

Cynical bugger that I am…

I can be a little cynical sometimes though going through the morning news it seems there’s been a couple of rather heartwarming moves by a some  of our overlords today…

Microsoft to require suppliers to provide paid leave to workers (though Bill doesn’t look too happy in the photo he’s got my respect for the work of the Gates Foundation).

Apple boss Tim Cook ‘to donate millions’ to charity (and he can pay my sons university fees if he wants to as well!).

I suspect the shareholders of neither MS or Apple will care much though as it doesn’t really affect them and there’s a long way to go yet to address the inequality but… oops, there goes my cynicism again… 🙂

 

Longevity

Longevity – An availability requirement I rarely see… i.e. how long will the system need to run for before you expect it to be replaced or retired. For short term projects it’s an obvious one, but for stuff we expect to last it seems we often default to forever…

Eternity is a very long time…

Chief Muppet

Is it me or has there been a radical explosion in the title “Chief” recently? CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, I can get this (kind of)… But isn’t the point that such a role is, well, the chief? Like the president being commander-in-chief?

So we dilute the office (Executive, Financial, Information, Technology…) and you’re “chief” of your office… But ok, whatever, you need a little viagra to stimulate these guys.

We then have chief architect (period) which; I admit, in some cases was a role I had some respect for. But now I’m seeing  chief-architect-of-xxx (where xxx is some random project spawned the morning after a particularly heavy drinking session). You’re not the chief, you’re a muppet for believing the title has any bearing on your status. The only effect that title has is to make the CEOs feet go cold when he realises his veil of authority is slowly eroding away, and for the minions you supposedly lead to think you’re a bit of a dick.

So I’ve decided to bypass this faux “chief” thing and skip it, going straight for… Master-of-the-Universe!

Now I’m just waiting for someone to title themselves “God of Pocket Calculators!”… and the circle is complete, as Dylan said, everybody “Gotta serve somebody” (and yes, I know it’s a Willie Nelson cover!).

“They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief … But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”…