InfoWorld launched Off the Record in August 2005. The stories, then as now, are anonymous, first-person accounts of life in IT. Some of the tales describe tech situations and management clashes unique to years ago, but often the lessons learned are timeless. Still others describe those crazy tech adventures that crop up from time to time.
Here's a look back at some of the reader tales from Off the Record's early years.
You hired experts to ship your equipment to a new location. Any other brilliant ideas?
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Want to flush $6 million down the drain fixing an e-commerce site that isn't broken?
When your boss has more money than sense, look out when the rug starts moving underneath you
Only his partner had the insider knowledge needed to finish the app. Guess who was left holding the bag
References and specs aren't enough; check the financials before hiring a company to do a major installation
Sometimes doing your job as badly as possible pays off, especially when the boss is watching
When laid-off knowledge workers hold the key to undocumented data, expect the worst
Beware bad blood between project managers and users
Be willing to rethink your business model, or risk going under
Why politics and software don't mix