Things I wish people working with tech would do

Maybe I should call this “clues for the clueless”. I’ve been reading job ads and tech news articles and getting a little wound up.

1. Engage the local community. The whole MetroFi debacle might not be as much of a mess if the city had actually put some effort into connecting with local wifi expertise. When there are skilled people so passionate about something that they’ll help out for free… give them a call.

2. Know when the specific tech (software, programming language, whatever) matters and when it doesn’t. Smart geeks can (and do) learn new things. If you only want people who’ve worked with one thing their entire career, you’re probably not getting the best talent. I just read a job ad looking for someone with 3+ years managing Flash projects. Huh? Also, don’t pick heavy-weight enterprise apps just because that’s what you heard the big boys do. Unless you want to be big and clumsy and expensive.

3. Don’t be an old fogy. This is actually the gripe I wanted to start with, since it’s been on my mind the most. Yes, “kids these days” post lots of personal details on their websites, talk online all the time, use weird sites you don’t see any point for, etc etc etc. Okay, you personally don’t have to use any of this tech. But I keep seeing this whine, asking why anyone would do this… And there isn’t any answer other than to try it. Quit complaining about the fast pace of information. Just work with it. Or don’t, go do something else.

That helped. Maybe I’ll quit procrastinating on real work now.

2 responses to “Things I wish people working with tech would do

  1. You think you’re so [COOL], with your _BLOGGING_ and your _COMMENTING ON SOCIETAL BEHAVIOUR_.

    GET OFF MY INTERNET! *shakes cane*

    PS: I use tables for layout AND I LIKE IT.

  2. Hi Audrey. I just wanted to point out that your #1 has become even more critical, as there have been some developments: the city has signed off on the metrofi network without even providing the full testing report to the public, or provided an opportunity for public comment or peer review. Even worse is there appear to be highly questionable methodologies and practices in the testing review. The city has foolishly given up any possible leverage to have MetroFi fix problems their network. I’m not sure what prompted them to jump to sign-off on a network plagued with usablility complaints – it’s a bit confusing (and dissapointing).


    Caleb