Category Archives: IT Psychology

What to look for in a boss

Most people don’t often get the chance to interview or pick their next boss. It has actually happened to me a few times in my career. The first time, I had no idea what to look-for, or what to ask. … Continue reading

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Why it’s not my fault, why it is, and why it doesn’t matter

When things go bad, people have a tendency to want to blame folks. It is a bad habit, but people do it anyway. When I was much younger, I had trouble shouldering responsibility. When things went wrong, I didn’t want … Continue reading

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Why your projects don’t seem to get “done” (part 3)

Okay, so let’s say that you are a shrewd manager, and you are certain that your requirements are crystal-clear, your scope is contained, and yet, stuff isn’t getting “done”. In that case, part 1 & part 2 (of this article) … Continue reading

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Knowing something you don’t

Now that I’m all grown up, I can actually laugh when someone says (in a condescending manner) that they know something that you don’t. Sometimes they may even say it with a tone of disbelief: “You don’t know that!!? I … Continue reading

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Why communication is hard, and what to do about it

I know IT folks sometimes seem under-socialized and (to varying degrees) awkward. However, they don’t have the market-cornered on communication problems. Gosh, just turn on any TV sitcom and you will probably see people who are having conflicts because they … Continue reading

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Getting through to someone

Today was like a whole new day for me. I got through to someone. Maybe it doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, but I have teenage kids. So, I don’t exactly feel like “I’m getting through” to people … Continue reading

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How to get people to follow a process

Years ago, I worked on a team who was making an online trivia game. The concept was a very brilliant solution to a common problem. The customer was a huge company who processed credit applications for car purchases. Their financial … Continue reading

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