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Beware "The Arrogance within IT"

By richard.cheary ·
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Over the years I have seen talented, driven, proud software dev-squads self destruct
due to IT-Arrogance. When individuals position themselves as greater than the sum of the dev-squad, negative results such as demotivation, apprehension and non compliance creeps in putting the overall project delivery at risk. Recommended management of this risk is to cultivate a culture of "sharing and growth" within the team and set the following practice technique expectations on the dev-squad as a whole.<br>
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<strong>Senior Member Responsibility</strong> <p></p>
Without getting all airy-fairy/touchy-feely, IT is
up to the senior members to demonstrate humility, coaching desire and effective
communication skills for a dev-squad to operate efficiently. <p></p>
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<strong>Defined Contribution Areas</strong> <p></p>
Within a software dev-project there are set number of roles and responsibilities
to be fulfilled. By defining these "contribution areas" and allocating them
to team members, over and above the dev-project requirements, with <a href="http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5683094.html" target="_blank" alt="Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based">SMART</a>
goals set to be achieved. This will ensure a dev-squad is geared and steered
in a direction that covers the bases and measures achievement.<p></p>
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<strong> Distributed QA Accountability </strong><p></p>
Whether it be code, design, architecture or as critical a project plan/schedule
that is ready for distribution it is imperative to practice "Distributed
QA Accountability", which can be achieved with a mandatory request process
for a peer QA review. The process ensures a level of trust and respect is being
exercised within the dev-squad. A dev-squad that practices this process will
work well together, due to the high expectations and criticality of each others
work ensures thoroughness and pride.<p></p>
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<strong>Delivery Proud</strong>
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Most IT specialists are passionate about what they do. Passion on IT's own
does not ensure delivery success, as it is most often selfish passion. The specialist
who instills "pride" in their work will deliver quality consistently.
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The acknowledgment of "Arrogance within IT" and the application of the above into a dev-squad will improve quality and secure client acceptance.
Of course every project varies, a well
structured team that has shared past project experiences, have respect for
each other will kick "The Arrogance outof IT" from within. </p>

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Huh?

by cmiller5400 In reply to Beware "The Arrogance wit ...

Where did this come from? Left field?

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On my mind

by richard.cheary In reply to Huh?

Howsit.

Left field || Leftside of the brain?

Wanted to jot down some thoughts and viewpoints on managing the developer ego and ensuring alignment to greater goal to be achieved by the dev-squad they are a member of.

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Not just IT

by Bizzo In reply to Beware "The Arrogance wit ...

Nice post. The kind of arrogance you describe is not necessarily just in IT.

When any member of any team puts themselves on a pedestal above other members, this kind of team destruction can occur. And the remedies you suggest are (as always) mostly common sense, but do often need to be reiterated.

One part did make me chuckle though, sorry, in the "Senior Member Responsibility" section, I think the phrase you're after is "airy-fairy". After all, who wants to get touchy-feely with a HAIRY-fairy?

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Incompetence in IT

by jdclyde In reply to Beware "The Arrogance wit ...

I have seen incompetence in a dev group pull down productivity as well as motivation.

When you get the one braindead person in the group that got their job based on being so nerdy looking, the boss figured he/she HAS to be a genius, so gives him/her a job.

This person gets credit for what the real techs do.

And then, there are people like me, that are just to damn good looking to be considered a techie nerd. Don't hate me for my outer beauty....

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Deit Coke

by Wizard-09 In reply to Incompetence in IT

Every see the Deit coke ad with the fit guy, well that's not me lol, but i dont look like a nerd and in't to bad looking myself lol

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Back to 'Skool' with you

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Deit Coke

Oh wait, you are at School - your IP address tells me so.

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in't? wtf is in't?

by jdclyde In reply to Deit Coke

NITS! Need a translation over here! B-)

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Translation

by Wizard-09 In reply to in't? wtf is in't?

In't it's belfast (Ireland) talk for isn't look i am not at school i short hand is that ok G-man you're hounding me boy leave me be lol

Note you're and not your (that better for you) lol

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Word for the day

by jdclyde In reply to Translation

punctuation.

Try it.

As for In't. I have heard southerners say in'it but never without the "i" in the it.

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But

by Wizard-09 In reply to Word for the day

I'm not from the south, i am from the north of ireland come on please give me a break lol.

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