I’m fortunate to be working in a field and an area where the people around me are mostly swimming in the same direction. While there may be disagreements from time to time, those are mostly ones where you can see their point of view, and realize some times there isn’t enough data, so you’ll get different opinions.
Earlier today I found myself in a confusing situation around facilities. We were trying to do something the facilities folks didn’t directly support. I responded helpfully that that wasn’t an issue, we’d gotten our own equipment to handle the deficiency. What I thought was helpful instead turned out to be threatening. Because now we were bypassing the system. I finally caught on and just shut up until the interaction ended.
What’s more amusing? I was working on my OpenStack presentation. One of the big drivers of cloud adoption has been routing around local IT departments for similar reasons.