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NFL Cheating Scandal: 4 Lessons For CIOs
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SaneIT
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1/23/2015 | 8:29:06 AM
Re: The Football in the Room
@pcharles09, I find that the "blame it on the other guy" mentality usually comes in the form of "blame IT"  people seem to feel like blaming a machine is a harmless foul "I couldn't get you that report because my laptop was acting up".  It's the fault of some inanimate object, right?  Well you do that a couple times and your IT team catches flack for the sales guy's laptop "always" having issues and they look bad.  I can't tell you how many times I've been down that road "Bob says that his laptop is constantly crashing why isn't anyone helping him?" then I look at helpdesk tickets and the last time Bob opened a ticket was six months ago because he forgot his password.  Then I go talk to Bob personally to make sure he's getting the warm fuzzy feeling from IT and get the vague "well sometimes it just kind of crashes but it's OK I can live with it" and eventually find out that there never was a problem with it, he just uses the hardware as a convenient scapegoat.  The deflategate issue shows a similar mindset, we hearing "well I don't actually have anything to do with the balls, that's someone else"  so now it looks like that someone else is calling the shots and screwing up when in reality they are probably doing their job exactly how they are expected to do it. 
pcharles09
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1/22/2015 | 11:53:25 AM
Re: The Football in the Room
@Gary_EL,

I don't know about other indsutries, but the 'blame it on the other guy' has been the norm since I've been in IT. That's been about 12yrs.
David Wagner
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1/22/2015 | 10:03:29 AM
Re: The Football in the Room
@Gary_EL- It is nice to see Boston learn something from a such a quintessential New York figure like donald Trump. Almost brings a tear to my eye. :)
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1/22/2015 | 7:05:44 AM
Re: The Football in the Room
@David: I understand. People having the power and the budget need to come up with cleaner methods to do things. When working in a company, you have to start from the top if you want to cleanse the entire workplace of illegal working principles and/or cheating.
SachinEE
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1/22/2015 | 7:00:56 AM
Re: The Football in the Room
@Gary_El: It's not only about money. Some of my co-workers are so lazy that they find loose methods to do and solve things. This accomplishes two things: if the product is far from releasing, then the tests conducted on it allow the product to be sent back to the development lines which takes in more money than usual. And if the product is released then it causes problems and IT has to sit with customers for support. 
Gary_EL
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1/21/2015 | 11:19:23 PM
Re: The Football in the Room
Before it became "The Celebrity Apprentice", it was a far better show known as just "The Apprentice". Here, under "The Donald's" tutelage we learn that to win in business, the most important skill you can have is to be able to effectively blame the project's failure on someone other than yourself. But, aside from that, it sure is great living in Boston, where we make money the old-fashioned way - we steal it.
David Wagner
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1/21/2015 | 9:36:01 PM
Re: The Football in the Room
@jastroff- That's a question an awful lot of people have been asking and no one knows the answer. Perhaps one of the lessons I should have added to the list is "we've always done it this way" isn't a good reason to keep doing somehting. Because as far as I can tell this is an artifact of a day when the NFL central office didn't have any power to control the ball. At this point it has the power and budget to do it for sure.
jastroff
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1/21/2015 | 8:05:30 PM
The Football in the Room
@dave -- nicely done, covering all the bases, so to speak. If CIOs want to take some lessons from this, then they can. I'm betting most won't, because an advantage on any playing field is worth much. Just as Steve Jobs "borrowed" the first Mac GUI from Xerox Parc, so it will always be in business.

I never thought about how a football got on the field. The idea that the teams supply them is inviting problems. Why are they not supplied by the NFL and the cost billed back to the teams? The teams should never touch the football until play starts. Why doesn't the NFL have a reliable chain of custody for the footballs? Just watch one episode of the old tv show Law and Order or more recently, Blue Bloods, to see what happens when chain of custody is broken. The case goes out the window. How do baseballs get into the game? Do the teams supply them to the umpires? 

The winners of that football game may have been decided on merit before the game began, but the Pats have shown before that every little bit helps, no matter what that little bit is.

Apologies to all my European friends who know "football" as another sport.
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