We’ve all probably heard these or something similar. Chances are we gloss right over them, but the simple wisdom imparted in these well-worn adages is a worthwhile reminder to us IT practitioners.
During my 20+ years in industry and now on the IT services side, I have interacted with IT professionals in small to large businesses; I frequently find teams facing multiple complex challenges, typically highlighted by unrealistic delivery expectations. I’ve had success working with customers and applying many of the same principles the age-old sayings impart. IT is inherently complex and I fundamentally believe that by simplifying efforts and by applying sound thinking to problems, true progress happens.
Take, for example, how to proceed with a new paradigm or capability, such as cloud services and their delivery models. Many times, the “how” of moving the effort forward becomes a spin cycle and progress turns into a crawl. The keys to success are straight forward.