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Re: common time-management mistake: rack & stack
From: Jeff Wheeler <jsw () inconcepts biz>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:58:55 -0500

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 3:34 AM, Nathan Eisenberg
<nathan () atlasnetworks us> wrote:
No, your CTO shouldn't  be racking and stacking routers all the time.  The fundamental concept of an organizational 
hierarchy dictates that.  But a CTO who has lost touch with the challenges inherent in racking and stacking a router 
can't effectively support his team.  See the TV series 'undercover boss' for a (possibly trite and clichéd) example 
of this.

I'm not suggesting it's a crime for the CTO to put his eyes and hands
on a POP local to his office once in a while, or pay a visit to his
gear in a city where he happens to be in to conduct business that
requires the presence of the CTO, not a CCNA.

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 3:17 AM, Brandon Butterworth
<brandon () rd bbc co uk> wrote:
It's not a waste, it's therapeutic, breaks the monotony of a desk
job, you get a bit of exercise. Doing something mindless can help
clear your thoughts, engineering yoga.

This, however, is exactly the kind of thinking that produces bad
managers.  Yes, it can be boring sitting at a desk all day.  If that
is your job, don't ignore it so you can play site tech while to-do's
pile up in your absence.  If your are a senior decision-maker, don't
set a bad example for everyone else in your org by blowing off your
senior-level duties to fly around the globe doing something that you
have CCNAs for.

The "my desk-job is boring so I spent the day racking gear" message is
fine if you are not blowing off real work to push boxes through the
co-lo.  If that's your hobby, fine, but rack & stack is not part of
the CTO, network engineer, or whatever, job.  It's a hobby and you
shouldn't ignore your actual duties to go do it.  It's no better than
spending the workday at the movie theater or playing world of warcraft
at the office.

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM, Justin Twiss
<Justin.Twiss () bekkers com au> wrote:
Unfortuantely, some of us work for companies with limited numbers of staff so in effect, the CTO does whatever work 
is necessary to get the job done and keep the client happy, whether that be rack & stack, decommission, BGP peering 
or even disaster mitigation...

If you don't have any junior-level employees to do the junior-level
work, yes, this is certainly true.  But as soon as that "CTO," who is
also wearing a bunch of other hats, finds himself with a long to-do
list, the first thing he ought to do is delegate tasks like rack &
stack to inexpensive workers so he can use his most valuable
strengths.


Obviously we are throwing around the term "CTO" at this point in
reference to pretty small businesses, but the basic concept here is,
don't let mundane tasks get in the way of work you are specially
qualified to do.  Definitely don't go out of your way to do mundane
tasks so you can play IBX tourist on your company's dime!

-- 
Jeff S Wheeler <jsw () inconcepts biz>
Sr Network Operator  /  Innovative Network Concepts


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