I have blogged before, hidden behind a corporate fire-wall, working well within the level of risk I would be willing to take as an individual; prodding gently at what I perceived to be the limits of acceptable criticism of my audience. Large organisations are typically not places where risk-takers or innovators thrive. I was asked to write about Linux, my home computer operating system of choice but I wasn’t sure I had much to say about that.
I called my blog “Thinking Outside The Box”. This was intended to hint at a few things:
- That my background was in managing IT ‘boxen’ – the clustered server systems that ran the models that underpinned the operation of a trading floor – but I didn’t do that any more.
- That I now worked in an engineering consultancy and research part of the organisation, starting a new career as a business analyst and process modeller.
- That I was outside of the main IT organisation, proposing possible alternative cultures, tools and methods.
I wanted to talk about alternative ways of looking at everything. I still do, but now I’m outside the organisation so I make my own rules. So, without further ado, I’m going to get started. I haven’t learned how to use WordPress properly or how to customise my page. I’m hitting the floor running, without a safety net, with default settings, carrying only a basket of mixed metaphors and enthusiasm. I’m sorry about the mess, just move it out of the way and grab yourself a drink. I decided to move in and fix the place up as I go. History suggests I’ll never quite get it straight but I’d like this to be an ideas laboratory. You have to expect a bit of clutter and the odd explosion, don’t you?
This is Part 2,. I’m ‘On The Outside’. Welcome. My friends call me “Woo”.