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Josh’s Monthly Memo #2

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

Bertrand Russell

This Month’s Focus: Limited resources are a factor for everyone. It’s what you do with what you’ve got that ultimately decides whether you’ll get more. Complaining is unlikely to move you forward. You may not love the results that you get from your very limited resources, but if you can’t demonstrate that you used those resources wisely, how can you expect others to trust you to efficiently and effectively use even greater resources?

Monthly Perspective: “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.” –Sir William Bragg (British physicist 1862 – 1942)

I.T. Leadership Tip: IT departments who “charge” — allocate costs by user or department — are not reactionary, simply honest. Expect setup, maintenance, & usage fees. The real problem is that most IT departments don’t have their work organized well enough to grasp true resource needs, manage expectations realistically, and make effective priority decisions internally…let alone to move money in from elsewhere.

By the way, there is no “silver bullet.” Focus on what moves you forward rapidly, within current parameters, & which can be tweaked as needed.

By Josh Richards

Josh is a consulting network/ systems/ cloud engineer, freelance high stakes IT project manager, and former technology executive. He has consulted on information technology matters for over twenty-five years. In 2006, consulting became his primary source of income (just before the global financial crisis!). He’s a big fan of craft beer, freshly roasted coffee, artistic burlesque, good food, and applying science and reason to problems and opportunities small and large (and just for fun). When he has time and energy he also likes to get out on his bike or attend a soccer match.