James McGovern poses another round of IT introspection questions in Enterprise Architecture and Holistic Diversity.
His questions provoked a question in my thoughts.
Does IT hate itself?
(and no, I don't mean James - I mean IT :-)
Is hate characterizing it too harshly? Possibly, but it's hard to escape the observation that IT as a whole persists in a variety of self-destructive behaviors.
- Creating processes that predispose the organization to technical and political silos
- Systematically devaluing personal contribution and self worth
- Chasing initiatives as if on some whirlwind tour of self-help programs
- Listening raptly to vendor sermons and emptying wallets into the collection plate
So why the self-destructive behaviors?
- Is it the result of abuse during formative years?
- Is it guilt for past indiscretions?
- Is it a symptom of some form of Borderline Personality Disorder in IT culture?