Friday, August 10, 2007


IT Executives Missing in Action

If an IT organization is to be successful, they must focus on people, then process, then tools; in that order...

I find it interesting that most IT executives spend lots of time talking about process yet have zero clue to the human aspects of their own organization. Sometimes, IT executives use surveys to tell the pulse of the organization but many folks know that unless it is done in a truly anonymous way that they must respond with politically correct but otherwise inaccurate responses.

I wonder why IT executives knowing this simple truth still rely on it as a way to measure anything? Some executives talk about the hierarchy of needs yet still don't understand the principles in which they pontificate. Sure, money and quality of work still remains the top priority of most employees yet they never seem to rationalize the fact that Bell Curve Compensation and Outsourcing are diametrically opposed. Why can't IT executives figure out ways to achieve the same levels of costs savings that outsourcing is supposed to provide while not compromising the human aspects of their own enterprise? This is not a game of whack-a-mole.

I have always been curious if these same IT executives have ever seriously asked themselves about whether the quality of their employees immediate supervisor matters more than any other maturity model such as CMMi or even agile methods? Do they understand that people look for love, belonging and respect (self-esteem). Immediate stupidvisors have a big control over their sub-ordinates. If your supervisor is Ass-Holy, he can make your life miserable.

NOTE: Don't get it twisted as I absolutely am happy with my own boss.

How come IT executives don't understand that different folks also have different aspirations when it comes to rising the ladder? Maybe the folks in HR should stop drawing stupid cartoons regarding career paths and instead start thinking about ways to evaluate how desperate individuals are in terms of their desire to rise the ladder and figure out how to measure this. What if the rate in which one rises the ladder was directly proportional to their desperation?

NOTE: I have zero interest in the ladder. Point me to the elevator

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