Tales of IT adventures

Readers share their IT experiences in InfoWorld’s Off the Record blog

"Got amazing or amusing IT tales, lessons learned the hard way, war stories from the trenches, or an instance when something went very right?"

These are the questions we ask to get InfoWorld readers thinking about their personal adventures in IT. We then publish those stories in our Off the Record blog, keeping the writer anonymous. In the Comments section, readers react to the "been there, done that" aspect of the stories, and often weigh in with further insights.

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In August, the collection of IT tales included stories of overbearing management and a miscommunication with a junior staffer. So here they are. And we look forward to reading about your own IT experience -- send it to offtherecord@infoworld.com.


* In "Manufacturing chaos and a one-man IT shop," management's extreme attempts to cut costs produce horrifying results.

* "When business savvy ignores IT reality." In this IT tale, management and bean counters cut operating costs. The result? A cumbersome, chaotic, inefficient IT structure.

* A lesson worth remembering: Learn to communicate with and never make assumptions about junior staff.

* Trusting the IT department: A site manager balks at the IT department's backup plan -- and blames them when data loss strikes.

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