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Re: Interpersonal skills needed for Network Engineers
- From: Bill Nash
- Date: Sat Feb 16 21:08:58 2008
'Hi, I'm Bill.. and I took down the network.'
On Sat, 16 Feb 2008, Joel Jaeggli wrote:
There is a topical tutorial for people attending nanog 42 sunday afternoon...
Bill Nash wrote:
On Sat, 16 Feb 2008, Kim Onnel wrote:
I am looking for defining what are skills needed in people that will work
an ISP's operational/NOC environment as Network Engineers.
In my humble experience, i have came across people that i just feel they
not right for such technical jobs, people would act and take their golden
fingers to the devices without logic and others who has more of a
approach to solving problems and thinking, some that will crank under
pressure and just loose it and others who will act rationally.
Please correct me if i am wrong and if you believe such skills could be
gained by time/training?
I think you're talking very generally about the 'cowboy' type of operators
who will reboot first, and then troubleshoot if that doesn't fix it. There
are also the territorial types who feel threatened in the face of outside
ideas or questions.
Speaking as a volatile loudmouth (in recovery), I do think that
interpersonal skill training, or at least practice, is useful for folks to
be able to inter-operate both with other people, and other network
operators. The single most useful troubleshooting skill anyone can bring to
the table is a good pair of ears and a willingness to use them. With that
as a base, you can move on to good teamwork and best practices.
As cliche as it may seem, I readily recommend 'Negotiating for Dummies' as
reading for anyone who doesn't want to be the person that no one can work
with. It works great when given as an anonymous gift, too.