Finding content in your job title

Jimi Thompson jimi.thompson at
Fri Apr 2 09:20:05 CDT 2010

On 3/31/10 8:14 PM, "Jorge Amodio" <jmamodio at> wrote:

>> I agree with the misuse of the term "Engineer" in IT. I think it should only
>> be used for the "official" protected title of civil engineer. Which I
>> believe is a very respectable job. Sad but true, in IT too many people have
>> some form of engineer in their job title but are almost totally clueless.
> [ X-Operational_Content = 0 ]
> Can't resist.
> When I read your message it brought back to my memory a nice guy that
> used to work for me eons ago, very clever, smart and hands-on, he had
> a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
> One day, we had some sort of outage and I found him in the "computer
> room" sitting in front of one of the racks with some routing gear, I
> still have that image in my memory he looked like he was doing some
> sort of group therapy with the routers, I couldn't resist and told him
> "Hey Joey, Freud won't help you, get your butt off of the chair and
> follow the default procedure, power cycle the damn beast".
> There were also several folks with various degrees in Physics, experts
> on blowing up stuff.
> Again, IMHO, in this field a title may help or may provide others a
> relative idea where you fit in a large organization, or help the HR
> folks know how much to put on your paycheck or what kind of
> benefits/perks go associated with that level, but I still believe that
> substance is more important.
> Regards
> Jorge
> Chief Old Operations Knucklehead

HAH!  My self chosen job title is Chief Pest, Annoyer of Developers, and
Destroyer of Misconceptions.  All in all, it's fairly accurate.  Among other
things I manage a team of developers, I often have to disabuse management of
some silly idea or other, and frequently have to play gladfly to enable

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