Some offer truisms -- obvious, yet too frequently ignored: Thou shalt not fear change, writes John Carroll. (ZDNet reader Anton Philidor suggests a corollary: Wait.) And Enterprise Web 2.0 blogger Dion Hinchcliffe cautions: Thou shalt put thy users first, above all else.
Others submitted challenges to IT traditions: Tom Foremksi commands that Thou shalt not condemn departments doing their own IT. There were also some doses of admin common sense: Thou shalt not use nonsecure protocols on thy network, reminds Marc Orchant.
With further ado...Our IT Commandments:
- Thou shalt not outsource mission critical functions
- Thou shalt not pretend
- Thou shalt honor and empower thy (Unix) sysadmins
- Thou shalt leave the ideology to someone else
- Thou shalt not confuse projects with planning
- Thou shalt not condemn departments doing their own IT
- Thou shalt put thy users first, above all else
- Thou shalt give something back to the community
- Thou shalt not use nonsecure protocols on thy network
- Thou shalt free thy content
- Thou shalt not ignore security risks when choosing platforms
- Thou shalt not fear change
- Thou shalt document all thy works
- Thou shalt loosely couple
- Added 4/14/04: Thou shalt not let thy web servers be hacked
Should these commandments be etched in stone? Tell us why -- or why not. Have we missed any IT rules that are broken only at great risk to the soul of your business? Add your own IT Commandments...