Ever feel like Deja Vu?
I was in some conversations that reminded me of the IBM commercial in the Dot Com era (I couldn’t find it on YouTube). But the jist is about integration of a web site and not having many people and chasing down the parts of a solution.
In any project your piece as a developer or systems integrator is often only one part and there are many moving pieces outside your control. So how do we as a whole react when there are issues. Often it is a finger pointing exercise. Been there, seen that and sadly even done that. This is what was happening in the TV commercial and the web designers were being blamed, but they were off snowboarding. In this business scenario it is often those who are not present who are blamed. Not cool.
Then there are the people (which we at Project X Ltd strive to be) who embrace the issue with our fellow technology ecosystem buddies take responsibility for resolving the issue and then finding the root cause and resolving it. Man is this hard. It is so easy to go and say, not that is an infrastructure issue they need to resolve it. Instead it is lets get infrastructure involved and work together. Funnily this seems so much more enjoyable and productive. And with all the web conferencing tools there is no reason that we can’t embrace and resolve. So in the times when it is our fault which it can be, taking responsibility is easy and no-one is pointing fingers.