Who is the Real IT Manager?


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    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.


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    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.

    So no real universities?


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    @coliver said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.

    So no real universities?

    Do many people actually go to real campuses anymore?



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.

    OKay, well we know that what those places teach isn't considered valid. SO that makes sense. SUre lots of people go there, no one we'd ever hire. Those are "immediate blacklist schools", every one of them. THis would be a great example of why. They can't even get baseline talent even for non-IT professors.



  • The proliferation of this metric is driven from the often times misalignment with IT to Finance. Many organizations place the IT roles under the finance umbrella, and decisions are made based on cost vs. based on need.

    When I came to my current company, I made it clear that I didn't care who I reported to, but that IT MUST be involved in the business goals and objectives decision making process.

    The biggest mistake companies make in the realm of IT is allowing IT costs to drive IT decisions. IT expenditures must be based on the business need, not the overall cost. Certainly being economical is prudent, but not at the cost of critical technology required for the business goals.

    IT "Managers" falling into the group of delegated decision making would be better served, and may be able to initiate change, by highlighting the benefits and risks associated with adopting or not adopting critical technologies, and concentrating on the risks more than the benefits.



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @coliver said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.

    So no real universities?

    Do many people actually go to real campuses anymore?

    Everyone with a job. Anyone that can claim in an interview to have gone to college. No online schools are generally considered a true education and using it to say so while technically legal in most cases, it generally considered lying by an employer.



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @coliver said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.

    So no real universities?

    Do many people actually go to real campuses anymore?

    Outside of SW, I've literally never met anyone whose been to one. One person here is going to go to one that I know of - but because he took a job there NOT because it was the chosen school. So the schooling is free, totally changing the factors.



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @coliver said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    Most people are taught to micromanage now days.. There are plenty of business colleges, online articles and business training teaching that micromanagement is underrated and is actually a good thing for the business

    I've never seen that. All of the business training that I've seen and had, from books to university, was that micromanagement means you've totally failed as a manager and have left your manager role and are actually the worker and should either simply be moved into the worker role or removed as a manager. Micromanagement literally was taught as "failed management" by definition.

    well a lot of people go to online college now. strayer, phoenix all teach things like this.

    So no real universities?

    Do many people actually go to real campuses anymore?

    I did a most of my Master's education from RIT via their online courses. Plenty of value in that. But these colleges, Pheonix and Strayer are akin to ITT Tech in quality and value. I should qualify, even though I thoroughly enjoyed my education at RIT I never did finish it, the best classes that I had there were project management and business management classes. The professor was part-owner of a company that was hired to determine why projects failed to meet budget or time. He had some pretty impressive names and we got to look at a lot of his case studies.



  • @scottalanmiller I went to a university for about 18 months until I realized that what they were teaching me from a technology standpoint was already outdated, and by the time I finished, I would be 3-4 years behind the technology curve.

    I brought my own copy of DOS 5.0 (Yes this dates me) and was told I could not load it because the systems at the time would not support it. They were using DOS 3.2

    The primary language offerings were Fortran or Cobal.

    I don't think much has changed with the fact that they lag the technology curve, and are therefore fairly useless.


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    @pchiodo said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    The proliferation of this metric is driven from the often times misalignment with IT to Finance. Many organizations place the IT roles under the finance umbrella, and decisions are made based on cost vs. based on need.

    Heck even us our IT Managers report the IT Directors, the IT Directors report to the CIO, the CIO reports to the CFO for some odd reason..



  • @pchiodo said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    I brought my own copy of DOS 5.0 (Yes this dates me) ...

    Dates you as young. I was using computers years before DOS 1.



  • @Jason said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    @pchiodo said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    The proliferation of this metric is driven from the often times misalignment with IT to Finance. Many organizations place the IT roles under the finance umbrella, and decisions are made based on cost vs. based on need.

    Heck even us our IT Managers report the IT Directors, the IT Directors report to the CIO, the CIO reports to the CFO for some odd reason..

    That isn't SO bad as long as the CFO isn't making the technical decisions instead of the CIO or someone else under the CIO. That the CFO oversees the CIO isn't generally ideal, but can work fine if both know how to work properly.



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    @brianlittlejohn said in Who is the Real IT Manager?:

    I must be lucky...I'm not micro managed and routinely asked for advice on how we can improve processes etc.

    This is my situation. Our management doesn't want to be bothered with the decision making, so they rely on me to. Not S.O.P., but I love it.



  • Wherever I've worked decisions have always been made collectively amongst various stakeholders.

    Often involving politics, diplomacy, compromise and ego-stroking.


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