This talk was created as a keynote for a conference. Thus, it is meant rather as food for thought and offering some different point of view than concrete advice how to do things.
It starts with a journey through the "IT multiverse", visiting several types of IT organizations - first, along the evolution path of enterprise IT, then visiting startups and those who became successful and finally several bordering universes.
While the ideas found on that round flight can be used for several (often strategic) purposes, I use it here for a more limited use case, which is trying to understand where an individual is, where (s)he wants to go and how to get there.
In order to reason about those questions, I create a little model that tries to extract the general type of IT organization model (including the forces that act on it), its viability and typical evolution paths. This model can then be used to ponder the questions mentioned before (without overdoing it).
Finally, I offer a few more personal tips that might be useful on your way through the crazy, but fascinating multiverse called IT.
As always, unfortunately the voice track is missing (and there is no recording of the talk yet), but hopefully the slides in themselves also offer you a bit food for thought ... ;)