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IT Personality Types: 8 Profiles in Geekdom

A rogues gallery of the oddballs who populate the wonderful world of IT.

The wacky folk who make IT interesting

Consider this your field guide to the flora and fauna of your work life: the eight classic personality types you'll find in virtually any reasonably sized IT department. We're not sure what it is about technology that draws certain types of people while repelling others. Maybe it's all those electrons spinning through millions of miles of circuitry; maybe it's just the lack of sunlight and human interaction. We bet many of these personality types -- if not all -- reside in a nearby cubicle at this very moment.

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IT Personality Type No. 1: The Empty Suit

Hired to be a liaison between top-level management and the techies -- with whom top-level management, or anyone on the business side, would rather not deal directly. Acts as a go-between during client visits to keep the geeks at a safe distance. Has memorized most of the important acronyms and mastered the art of nodding knowingly in meetings and then surfing Wikipedia afterward to find out what everyone was talking about. May possess an MBA from a dubious online university.

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IT Personality Type No. 2: The Scary Sys Admin

Your company can't run without the Scary Sys Admin -- and he or she knows it. Fortunately, this person likes dealing with machines far more than people, so you can rest easy, confident that the Scary Sys Admin spends way more time keeping your systems up and running than may even be necessary. Friends? Who needs friends? That's why God invented computers. But get on this person's bad side and you'll find yourself swiftly locked out of all your accounts -- and possibly your home and your bank accounts as well.

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IT Personality Type No. 3: The Human Roadblock

No matter what task or project is presented, the Human Roadblock responds in exactly the same manner: It can't be done. This is then followed by a painfully detailed list of all the reasons why this task or project will cost too much, deliver too little, and can't be implemented in anything resembling the proposed time frame. And, oh yeah: It was a stupid idea to begin with.

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IT Personality Type No. 4: The Angry Support Drone

Hired to schlep from desk to desk fixing the computers of people deemed unworthy of assistance. Will do what you ask, and not one iota more. Knows more than you do about computers -- a point worked into virtually every conversation -- but not particularly interested in sharing useful information. Might otherwise be flipping burgers if he or she could be trusted to handle sharp instruments around other humans.

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IT Personality Type No. 5: The Übergeek

Fiercely intelligent, stubbornly logical, and disturbingly anti-social. In other words, what most people think of when asked to describe a techie. In Myers-Briggs nomenclature, the Übergeek would be classified INTJ -- an introverted, intuitive-thinking, and judging person. If the Übergeek absolutely must communicate with beings of inferior intelligence (i.e., you), he or she would rather do it by e-mail.

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IT Personality Type No. 6: The OS Fanboy

There is only one true path -- and, more important, only one true operating system. All nonbelievers are heretics whose tech needs will be quietly ignored. Though most commonly associated with Apple products, often aligned with Windows or, more likely, Linux -- the more obscure the distro, the better. Every conversation ends with a discussion of why one operating system is superior, despite the fact that your company doesn't use it.

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IT Personality Type No. 7: The Promiser

There is nothing this person won't say to close a deal. You want features the original product was never designed to deliver? Done. You need it within six months? The Promiser will get it to you in three. Of course, he or she doesn't have to deliver anything -- that's a job for the developers. Delays, cost overruns, and impossible feature-set requirements are all someone else's headache.

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IT Personality Type No. 8: The Shadow

It's not my problem, it's not my job, it's not my fault -- that's the mantra of the Shadow, who somehow manages to take up space in the IT department (and on the payroll) without actually filling it. No one's sure what the Shadow does, mostly because he or she has become expert at doing as little as possible. Over time, the Shadow may be handed management responsibilities, at which point this individual morphs into the Human Roadblock.

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