10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 10, Review

Introduction The 10 tenets of working in IT series originally started with a post on PacketPushers back in 2012. I got a good response to that and when I was writing it, I had envisioned breaking out each tenet to its own post. This final post in the series covers off how to review. Not just …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 9, Know Your Place

Introduction We all serve a purpose in life. Some people spend their entire life never questioning what theirs is, whilst others waste a lot of effort comparing the situation they find themselves in to others, in particular those they perceive as better off by one measure or another. This post looks at a few tips …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 8, Focus

Introduction In keeping with the topic of this post, I’ll try and keep it brief and to the point. What is it that separates the winners from the losers? The people who seem to be continuously increasing their knowledge from those who struggle to keep up? Those that seem to climb the career ladder with …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 7, Honesty

Introduction This isn’t a post about stealing your colleague’s lunch from the fridge in the kitchen. You will also be disappointed if you came here for advice on what to do about people who park in disabled parking spaces without a permit. Rather, it discusses being honest with yourself and with people you have real, direct …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 6, Share

Introduction Let me share a little secret with you (wow, a post about sharing and I’m diving straight in with a share). People almost always get more done when they come together as a team, working towards a common goal. That doesn’t have to, and indeed should not mean continuous meetings. We live in a …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 5, Be Human

Introduction Techies, rightly or wrongly, sometimes get labelled as being unfriendly robotic nerds. I make that as an open statement because I know fellow colleagues who fit that bill and others who are extremely empathic to those who struggle with certain aspects of technology. Be human The key is to understand your audience and what …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 4, Cross Pollinate

Introduction This may be a generalisation, but in my experience the larger the company you work at, the more siloed you become. The smaller the company, the more broad your skill set usually needs to be. This isn’t always the case of course but it has been for every single one of my jobs. This …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 3, Socialise

Introduction This post will be short and to the point and talks about how to better socialise. I’m not really talking about taking your boss to the pub and getting him drunk before getting him to agree to a payrise, although I may write a separate post to cover the finer details of that proven …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 2, Self-train

Introduction It’s been six weeks since I last posted, although to be honest it feels like much longer. The reason for that is I’ve been very busy ‘skilling up’ on a couple of my hobbies, namely photography and video editing and have learnt an incredible amount in such a short time. I’ve taken my foot …

10 tenets of working in IT – Tenet 1, Create Time

Introduction Welcome to the first child post of this one that I reposted in January 2013. I suggest that you at least read the relevant section i.e. Tenet 1, Create Time, before reading further. In the post below, rather than expanding on all the topics I covered in the parent post, I am going to focus …

10 tenets of working in IT

Introduction I published an amended version of the article below over at Packet Pushers in March 2012. In line with tenet 10 (Review), I thought that I would re-post here with some hopefully relevant amendments. Even if you read the original post last year, consider reading it again for inspiration. Please feel free to share …

Know the technology, know the business

Introduction As I progress through my career, I can’t help but find myself drawn to learning more about business, both as a general topic and specifically related to the company I work for and the customers I work with. This post covers some reasons why you should start learning some key business skills. Cross pollinate In …