I read a lot of discussions about complexity in networking and IT today that include a large amount of FUD. Topics range from “we’ll all lose our jobs because abstraction” to “you can’t fix complexity” to “welcome robot overlords” ;-) Complexity is something that may be easy to move, even easier and to increment, hard to remove. For a clear definition of complexity read Navigating Network Complexity by Jeff Tantsura and Russ White.
I got inspired by the book “The 1 Thing“ and changed a little bit my behavior about work and training I’d like to share here to discuss and improve. The Background A while ago one guy could setup a bunch of physical servers, install/configure/manage OS, configure network equipment and setup a firewall to connect to the internet. For some specific software platforms the support of the vendor for installation and maintenance was enough.
“Breaking stupid rules for smart results.” Not the best book ever but I liked the concept: don’t stick to the rules if you feel the rules don’t allows to work in and efficient way. Hacking work is actually intrapreneurship and requires a little anarchic spirit. How can we improve if we never try something different? Good reads: Moxie Marlinspike - We should all have something to hide