Do you ever find yourself in a meeting and you go:
"what in heavens name are my tech guys talking about"
– or –
"what does the business mean by that, we are a bank and it is fundamentally about debits and credits"
It turns out that when looking to bridge the gap between business and technology, one group sees the other as a green or red alien – you choose.
But, in a meeting today it dawned upon me that we are actually the same, we just live in a different environment and talk a different language. I was talking with someone today who is a Program Manager for a large project, looking at it from the business side. She has unique experience as she comes from IT and understands that side. One of the observations was that either side have difficulties with their methodologies and approaches to working on a project. It was the different but the same.
So next time a geeky tech person makes not sense, look for and request the translator.