common time-management mistake: rack & stack

Sven Olaf Kamphuis sven at
Fri Feb 17 14:18:01 UTC 2012

actually most west european countries have laws against having your 
employees lift up stuff heavier than 20 kilos :P

you generally don't have insurance on your network-dude to handle such 
things *grin* if it drops on his foot, you're screwed. (or worse, on his 
hand ;)

looking at the latest models we found units weighing 110 kilos *grin*
i'm not lifting -that- up.


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On Fri, 17 Feb 2012, Alain Hebert wrote:

>    Hi,
>    Or sometimes you don't let a hazardous task like handling a Carrier Class 
> Router to your CCNA in case they injure themself.
>    Or worst...  drop it =D
>    ( From an actual experience )
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> On 02/17/12 02:29, Jeff Wheeler wrote:
>> Randy's P-Touch thread brings up an issue I think is worth some
>> discussion.  I have noticed that a lot of very well-paid, sometimes
>> well-qualified, networking folks spend some of their time on "rack&
>> stack" tasks, which I feel is a very unwise use of time and talent.
>> Imagine if the CFO of a bank spent a big chunk of his time filling up ATMs.
>> Flying a sharp router jockey around to far-flung POPs to install gear
>> is just as foolish.
>> Not only does the router jockey cost a lot more to employ than a CCNA,
>> but if your senior-level talent is wasting time in airports and IBXes,
>> that is time they can't be doing things CCNAs can't.
>> I was once advising a client on a transit purchasing decision, and a
>> fairly-large, now-defunct tier-2 ISP was being considered.  We needed
>> a few questions about their IPv6 plans answered before we were
>> comfortable.  The CTO of that org was the only guy who was able to
>> answer these questions.  After waiting four days for him to return our
>> message, he reached out to us from an airplane phone, telling us that
>> he had been busy racking new routers in several east-coast cities (his
>> office was not east-coast) and that's why he hadn't got back to us
>> yet.
>> As you might imagine, the client quickly realized that they didn't
>> want to deal with a vendor whose CTO spent his time doing rack&  stack
>> instead of engineering his network or engaging with customers.  If he
>> had simply said he was on vacation, we would never have known how
>> poorly the senior people at that ISP managed their time.
>> With apologies to Randy, let the CCNAs fight with label makers.

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