For most of us parts of our job includes developing, using and taking decisions about things that does not belong to our main specialty. If could be anything from ordering IT systems to defining how to profile a product in the market or something completely different.
In these situations we have two choices. We can either try to limit the situation down to what we do know and decide from there. People who think like this often say “I don’t know about this, and this is not part of my job.” Or we can try to understand the situation to the extent that we feel confident about what we take a decision about.
I argue that it cannot come much good from the first alternative. It might be the simple solution and if we’re lucky, it might even turn in to good things But most of the time I think that making decisions this way will only come back to haunt us. With things that need to be changed or fixed, and many times cost us more than what the time to fully understand would have.
The other way is far better in the long run I say. But it does take a lot more effort, time and energy. As it expect you to constantly wider your knowledge. However, by always trying to think everything trough and understand the whole picture you will probably end up saving time in the end.
So please people, stop saying that it is not part of you job, you might actually end up learning something from it. And that is when inspiration strikes!