When you step into the IT zone, do you ever hear anything that just sounds nutty?
Something that just can’t be?
Something that is completely counterintuitive?
But that turns out to be absolutely true?!
I have…and this page is dedicated to it. More to follow, but for now it’ll collect posts on Data Guy (Me) related to the Counterintuitive IT™ items I’ve run into in my learning.
Please contact me if you have any examples, especially if you don’t mind me totally stealing them. 🙂
- Are Shared Libraries Bad?by JegErAlan on May 2, 2021 at 6:39 pm
This e-mail response from Linus Torvalds (think: Linux kernel) is worth a read if you do any programming with shared libraries (he comes out against them): Subject: Re: Very slow clang kernel config .. On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 8:33 PM [EDITED OUT] <[EDITED OUT]@redhat.com> wrote: > > Yes, it’s intentional. Dynamic linking libraries
- The Hidden Cost of Cost Cuttingby JegErAlan on December 31, 2020 at 7:07 pm
I’m slowly getting through Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility by Jonathan Smart (with Zsolt Berend, Myles Ogilvie, and Simon Rohrer)… And I should note the “slowly” is on me, not the book. 🙂 Either way, it notes something “counterintuitive,” but so true that everyone in business needs to hear it: There
- “Getting discouraged is a total waste of your...by JegErAlan on December 7, 2020 at 12:10 am
On the way home from a Sam’s Club and MOD Pizza visit, I read John Cleese’s new book, “Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide.” I highly recommend it to everyone…since every job…including for those of us in IT…can be creative (and that is where I find the most joy). Although there are far better bits
- Counterintuitive IT™™: How Do We Change Culture?by JegErAlan on May 19, 2019 at 12:41 am
These are rough notes I put together for a ~90 minute presentation to my company’s Agile Community of Interest. I have edited them to remove any direct references to who I work for…not because you aren’t smart enough to use Google, Bing, or your favorite search engine to figure that out :-)…but because it has
- Shook Change Modelby JegErAlan on February 23, 2019 at 8:42 pm
As I work on research for a sermon about why God, when He can accomplish whatever He wants without us, has us help, I recalled of something that Gene Kim said in Beyond the Phoenix Project (a recording he did with John Willis): John Shook wrote about his NUMMI experience in the Fremont plant, a joint
- Counterintuitive IT™™ (Part 1)by JegErAlan on February 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Intuition is a handy thing to have in IT. As a former IT Jack-of-all-trades, I could join an outage call and frequently identify what was wrong more quickly than the experts. As a newbie with DevOps, data science, and other emerging IT fields, I don’t have that advantage anymore. It is uncomfortable. But, it is