Two years ago, an acquaintance posted about 10Q. Simply put, once you’ve registered, the site sends you a question per day over the course of ten days. At the end of the period, your answers are locked in the vault, and inaccessible for a whole year. A year later, your vault is unlocked, and you are presented with another question per day for ten days.
Having been part of the work force for a long time now, I have also interviewed with a number of companies. Sometimes I have completely ignored what were, in hindsight, relatively obvious red flags, while at oher times identifying such red flags has helped me avoid jobs that wouldn’t have been a good fit for me. Here, then, is an overview of some of these:
In security thinking, there are two basic concepts of access. One is Need To Know, the other is Free Access. Under Need To Know, access is only granted to those who have a specific need to access the information, regardless of what the information is. This should be familiar from all too many movies and TV shows, where the protagonist demands access to files, and is told “You don’t have a need to know”.
I am sure I am not alone in working from home these days. For veteran telecommuters, this is nothing new. To the rest of us, however, it can be a little challenging. Drawing on my experiences of the past week or so, here are some things that have worked well for me:
Most IT operations shops establish some sort of service level agreement (SLA) with their users and customers. To my mind, these are equal parts commitment and expectation management. To a commercial vendor, the former is usually the focus, whereas the latter is typically the focus for an in-house vendor.
When coming to a new position, whether in a position of leadership or not, one of your first priorities should be to gain an understanding of your context. You need to learn who your colleagues are, what they value, where they see threats, and where they see opportunities.
A much-anticipated sequel to the Phoenix project, the Unicorn project was launched late last year. Here are my thoughts:
With the launch of the Unicorn project, I revisited the Phoenix project. Seeing as my previous review was a mite lackluster, I decided to revisit that, too.
Improvise, adapt, overcome has for a long time been a mantra within armed forces around the world who, when faced with gruelling challenges and little or no epuipment, have improvised to face the challenge, adapted to the challenge and lastly overcome the challenge.