The author Dan Tynan, he is quoted on CIO.de, has taken a close look at the 7 deadly sins of the IT world: These are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, rage and vanity.
The 7 deadly sins in the IT world – What is behind?
Are they really that bad? Do you know – after you have read the descriptions, perhaps people who have also “sinned”? 🙂
But let’s just start with the characteristics of the “sins”:
Many IT managers want to use new technologies for themselves and keep them to themselves. “IT author James J. De Luccia, for example, writes that many IT managers succumb to the addiction of introducing new technology as an end in itself.” His conclusion: “New technology must always be necessary and practical. The sheer lust for technology, on the other hand, causes high costs.”
2. Insatiability according to information
The second mortal sin is insatiability, the gathering of too much data. The second sin is not sharing the information. Here, an IT person does not share the concept with his employees and thus remains the only contact person for problems.
We know these sins very well from the CRM world. Which sales representative likes to be seen in the cards.
3. Greed and avarice
A consultant wants to fulfil the wishes and ideas of the customer. However, if the customer has unrealistic expectations and the consultant agrees to this, even though he knows that the project is not feasible, the technology provider is caught between two fronts. The consultant could tell the customer that the requirements cannot be met, but this could cause the project to fail.
IT employees usually work hard. But they are often too comfortable leaving familiar territory. They are too much brainwashed in their affairs that often puts the events in the company into the background.
The 7 deadly sins in the IT world – Nr. 5 to 7
The following has been taken as an example: A manager complained that other departments had more money available.
Based on the complaints, an expert opinion was ordered and it turned out that he and his team did not work well together. The manager was then dismissed due to envy. Because the focus was not on his team but on the business of others.
The difficult cooperation is caused by tantrums of IT staff and CIO.
Many get into rage when something doesn’t go according to plan.
Vanity and arrogance of IT managers can cost a company millions.
Many IT managers do things they think they are capable of doing, even though they are not. “IT people have to put aside their pride and admit their mistakes.” A little more humility and modesty would do a lot of IT managers good.
So, are we smarter now? Sure, let’s first take a quick look in the mirror to see if we haven’t sinned a little. And if we have, then only very little.
The only thing that matters is that we now know that there are some sins. We should avoid them only in ourselves and in our team. Then the next project or innovation will work out just right.
Also interesting: How to choose the right project management method?
Note: This is a machine translation. It is neither 100% complete nor 100% correct. We can therefore not guarantee the result.