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Slate your IT procedures/Horror stories

Posted on 2013-06-28
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I thought I would ask a light hearted question around general network/IT administration as every IT tech I have ever spoken to has slated the way they do things or their colleagues do things in IT environments, such that it would shock auditors or senior management if they knew the bad practices and corner cutting they come across when working in IT departments. IT employees often know the way they are doing things are the best, but there concerns often fall on deaf ears when raising this to management whose sole purpose is productivity and doing things quickly!

So.... what issues, horror stories, and bad practices have you come across over the years in your roles within IT? Any tales will be most interesting, whether you are a windows admin, network infrastructure admin, DBA etc.
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In almost all horror stories the RCA would be: a management guy trying to control the technical domain and things just go nowhere. For some weirdo reasons, most companies believe that a good management can solve issues. But a good management who does not understand the work his subordinates do, is bound  to fail delivering the goodies and often ends up in a mess.

You cannot run a technical domain with management only attitude. You have to understand the domain first.

If you want to be a good policeman, be a good thief first. :)

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