Beware the most dangerous species of IT managerIT veteran Jeff Dray takes a lighthearted look at the types of IT managers and supervisors. We originally published Jeff's list back in 2004. And, I decided to pick a few photos the illustrate Jeff's great descriptions. Enjoy!
Check out Jeff's companion list of 10 most dangerous species of help desk caller.
-- Bill Detwiler, Head Technology Editor
In my travels through the wilds of the information technology field, I have come across many different species of IT manager. All are from the genus 'Procurator' and are very dangerous in captivity. Some are now on the World Wildlife Federation's At Risk Register. However, there will certainly be no captive breeding program to preserve them as most would be overjoyed if they disappeared from the Earth.
To help classify these dangerous breeds, I've created the following list of species and character descriptions of some common types of managers. These types are loosely based on some managers I have worked for over the years. As ever, this classification should be taken with a large pinch of salt.
Caption by: Jeff Dray
Photo credit: ©iStockphoto.com/jacomstephens
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Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.