(Not) Winning

My company’s IT group spends more time trying to get out of its own way. It makes me wonder how many other large companies are in the same boat. Is it a function of size, of the industry I’m in…of all IT?

We spend time trying to compartmentalize functions so as to add clarity, efficiency and specialization. Then we realized all that did was build walls for people to hide within and complicate communications and priorities.

They say the problem was that people got the roles confused with their HR titles. So they consolidated the names of the roles and tell us we need to take on more than one role depending on a given project…all within (and sometimes in spite of) the official job titles.

But doesn’t this defeat the very purpose of specialization?

It’s like a chess match where you’re being told to be the pawn, the queen and the rook at the same time, then no, just be the queen.

All I want to do is win the game. No one even thinks about that anymore.


About Yorick von Fortinbras

YvF is a writer, musician that stays sane by being creative while navigating the demands of life, looking for those holes where a spark can get through.
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