Category Archives: Work

Admitting your mistakes…quickly.

I’ll openly admit it. I’m not infallible. I do not know everything. And I can (and do!) make mistakes. One of the most important aspects of an IT professional, from my point of view as an operations cog, is to admit your mistakes as quickly as you possibly can. Don’t be shy. Don’t hide behind ego, don’t hide behind bravado,… Read more »

Public Service vs. Academia – my current observations

So I’ve been working for a government organisation for just over 18 months now. After working for a university, it’s been an interesting transition. I realise that, having never been exposed to ‘Corporate land’, I may have some bias but this post will take a look at a few of the things I’ve noticed that are extremely different…and a few… Read more »

Moving into management…the catch-22

So, I’ve decided (well, had it decided for me, really) that I want to move into management. It’s something I feel I’d enjoy, I have some skills that I believe would benefit me and it’s honestly the right move in regards to my career. The problem is – how do you move into management without ever having had management experience?… Read more »

Taking leave…and why it’s so important to just *stop*

I’ve hit that point in the year where I’m cranky with everyone, I’m fed up with dealing with people, the tasks that I wanted to get done this year haven’t all been done, things are behind, everything’s irritating me and I’m just fed up with life in general. It’s been 8 months since I took a “holiday”. Most of the… Read more »

“But it’s how we’ve always done it!”

If you are *anything* at all like me, the saying “But it’s how we’ve always done it!” will make you want to tear your hair out in frustration, throw something through your monitor and find something sharp and pointy to hurt the person who could have said such a stupid thing. I absolutely loathe the saying. I can’t understand how… Read more »

‘Inbox’ and ‘Trash’ aren’t the only folders you need to use!

I am OCD. There. I personally feel (as others do) that it should be written as CDO so that it’s in alphabetical order, but I digress. I’m OCD about a lot of things. I like my desk to be tidy. I like my files that I’m working on to be tidy. My house is, generally, tidy. I also like my… Read more »

No, good sir, sending me an email isn’t good enough!

I get really annoyed when someone says to me “Oh, it’s okay, I’ll just email that to you so you won’t forget”. I will forget. Because along with your emails, I get hundreds of others – from multiple monitoring systems, certificate renewals, server notifications, updates that are available, from systems available for testing, people telling me they’re away sick, people… Read more »

Documentation – or as I like to call it “Information that allows you to take uninterrupted holidays!”

Maybe I was trained differently. Maybe my career in IT started off with a group of OCD people who were just fanatical about information sharing and we’re the odd ones out. Maybe I’m just nuts about writing stuff down. Truthfully, I wish more people in IT were like me, if only for the documentation skills (and because I’m awesome…but more… Read more »

The “martyr” complex of women in IT

Been meaning to write something on this for a while, but it keeps slipping my mind. I’ve been at Tech.Ed 2012 on the Gold Coast this week and it’s brought this topic right to the forefront of my mind, especially after speaking with many fabulous, fantastic, inspirational women! One of the questions that often gets asked by other people, not… Read more »