We all deal with difficult people. Maybe it is the web dev that hands you code without ever testing it on the staging site, leaving you with the 2am phone call when "the site goes down" during your web push or maybe it is the director of your department that knows how to manage people, but not devices... or worse, manages people like devices. Okay, so maybe we deal with them as little as possible, or we deal with them like they belong in a bell jar, or we deal with them like scorpions found in our shoes (yep, that was one of the less beneficial surprises about living in Austin), but we deal with them.

As our Contests & Missions comes to a close (voting ended today), I thought I would post another opportunity to share your daily dysfunction.

 

Dan Tynan is working on a story about the relationships (tenuous, brittle, disturbing, dysfunctional) between us and them: IT people and other departments we have to interact with... heck, even interdepartmental relationships gone strange. I mean if I build a hardened server to the spec given to me by my security team, why won't they let me deploy it in the DMZ? You know you've been there.

 

Anyway, if you have a story, please feel free to share it below in the comments. I apologize for the quick need, but Dan is on a deadline of Monday. If you have a story, please share.

 

If you'd like to see some of Dan's work before contributing, you can find some of his previous work here: http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-management/it-admins-gone-wild-5-rogues-watch-out-214 and here: http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/seven-tales-of-it-foul-ups-part-1/136067. Specifically, he is looking for "examples of classic dysfunctional relationships, who the players are, what their conflicts are, what caused them, and what they need to do to get along and mend the rift."

 

See you on the boards,

Michael