If you think those complex conspiracies are for real: join an IT project and see even the simplest plans fail.
Don't be afraid to step up and talk to a speaker at a conference! They enjoy discussions. By far not enough people use these opportunities.
OH "Cthulhu is popular among IT professionals because insanity and human sacrifice are part of every great IT project."
Best practices are sometimes an excuse to not think about good practices yourself. @xaibeha