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If you can't beat them, join them
Politics, bureaucracy, unrealistic projects and over engineering are all blamed for IT's problems. But these problems can not be solved, and we have to learn to work with them.
The problems of IT are often blamed on a few usual suspects:
It is tempting to think that we can solve IT's problems just by tackling these issues. But we can not. These issues reflect basic human motives and they are unavoidable.
But the same motives drive us forward. We can rewrite the list above.
The same motives underpin both lists. We need to understand our position and our responsibilities. We need some routine, and to understand how our work fits with other people's work. We need to develop and grow. We need to be stimulated by our work. These motives push us forward in everything we do, personal and professional. Sometimes these motives cause problems, but we can not get rid of them and still function as humans.
Looking back over the Minimal IT newsletter, I have oversimplified this. I have suggested that we can solve IT's problems by rationalising IT to simple automation, and by structuring IT to be easy to work with. I have ignored many of the problems of IT as if we could simply wish them away. But we can not get rid of these problems because they are a manifestation of who we are.
I want to explore this over the next few weeks. I want to understand how we rationalise IT, but at the same time promote IT's position, strengthen process, encourage growth and development, and fulfil our passion for technology. As well as being rational, we have to be human.Next: Give Linux this year
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