[Chugalug] i.t. budget should only be 5% to 10% of entire company budget????

Ed King chevyiinova at bellsouth.net
Thu Dec 20 03:30:52 UTC 2012

well maybe that's part of my problem, I don't know the definition of "I.T." lol

Everyone in our 3 "company" deals with the "customer"  (liason is the business 
analyst lady located just down the hall (yeah, we don't have our own building 
anymore, I guess we couldn't afford it, lol).   We handle 100% of the 
programming and linux server admin, and now that the "parent company" has lost 
its in-house networking/windows admin, I assume we'll be taking over that part 
(we were already helping out with it if needed).  Oh and of course we do the 
documenting, training, and support of the programs we deliver.  We are 
old-school when it comes to software testing... everything we do is tested for 
final approval and signoff by the business analyst on the client side.

So while I'm airing dirty laundry, I might as well say that one of our 
"challenges" is that we are very often dealing with incomplete, moving-target 
specs, because that how our client's clients roll, and we sure wouldn't want to 
insult them by making them agree to a scope of work and change order requests, 
oh no no no.  I was told that scrum was better than waterfall in this 
environment.  *Communication* is the answer, not some stupid pigs/chicken 

well my axe grinder wheel is getting dull so I will have to rest awhile, do 
something fun like install slack14 on the ssd

From: William Wade <willm.wade at gmail.com>
To: CHUGALUG <chugalug at chugalug.org>
Sent: Wed, December 19, 2012 9:52:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Chugalug] i.t. budget should only be 5% to 10% of entire company 

Just a note that if the team is delivering products to paying external 
customers, I would say that you are not talking IT department. That is a 
development team.

I think I can say that IT is technical stuff that is dealing 99% with in house 
stuff. Once you start working with customers your roll changes.

Also management I am sure is thinking that why should they pay anymore for 
something that is working. You said it yourself. Your team delivers. Have you 
ever read Peopleware?

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Ed King <chevyiinova at bellsouth.net> wrote:

I can't see how a team of 3 who DELIVERS (our
>code gets used; puts money in owner's pocket
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