Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 27, 2018

Techie Corner – 2018 – Post #4 – Top Five Techie Mistakes

Techie Corner – 2018 – Post #4 – Top Five Techie Mistakes

What are the top five mistakes techies make?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Here are the five mistakes I see techies make regularly.

  1. Deciding what an outcome should be before collecting and analyzing the data–the surest way to inject bias into any experiment or develop mathematical models that fail to predict.
  2. Expecting creativity in a highly controlled (control = rules, regulations, laws, taxes, political correctness) business environment. Creativity requires the mind to be free. A mind can only be free, if the body is also free.
  3. Expecting customers to debug products and product updates. Field failures (poor quality) are the surest way to send customers straight over to one’s competitors.
  4. “How hard can it be?” Saying this about any nontechnical task usually guarantees a fiasco.
  5. Believing techies don’t need to treat others with good manners and respect.

Non-techies make these same mistakes, and everyone should have an etiquette book handy at work.


  1. Being a techie i can tell you those are all true. Mostly, the young ones are too cocky. They think they know it all and don’t test enough. They are rude and that is just stupid.

    • They will learn, Lorian. And it may be fun watching them. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

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