Production Environments

So, what I wrote last night got me thinking.

When did things start to go wrong at my last job? When it was implied that I shouldn’t be touching the production environment. I wasn’t told directly not to do it, but it was hinted at very strongly. And I know that the folks that WERE suppose to be doing it got in trouble for asking for my help. :\

NI had a weird priority inversion where operations was something you got promoted OUT of, rather than INTO. I started out in ops, as everyone does there, but then got promoted out of it. I was “rewarded” with getting to work on project work rather than work in ops. I kept working operations kind of stuff, because that’s what I liked, anyhow… and that got other people upset. So I backed off. Way off. And then I got unhappy with my job.

That never really clicked till just now.

I think part of the problem is that my team was several times larger than it needed to be. When I left there were 11 people on it, and our environment was about 1/100th the size of the one I work on now. (And we have less people.) We needed work for the younger admins to do. By me jumping in there and doing it, I was taking learning experiences away from the green admins. Or something. I’m not really sure. I like teaching and would have taught if asked…?


The things I learn by just explaining! 🙂

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