How Google Learns From Failure and Why You Should Do This Too

What’s your failure process? If your organization doesn’t have a documented failure process, then take the lead from Google and model how they learn from failure and why it’s important for your company to incorporate a failure process into its culture.

Recently, Google described its postmortem – the internal process they use to document and learn from mistakes. Ideally, postmortem also stops the mistake from escalating into a larger problem or repeating the same failures.

3 Lessons to Learn from Google’s postmortem Identify the most important problems. “A postmortem is the process our team undertakes to reflect on the learnings from our most significant undesirable events. Incidents happen, but not all require a postmortem.” explains Google’s site reliability engineers.

Google creates postmortems for any event they wish to avoid in the future, or if a partner team wishes to document the root cause of a breakdown (or a close […]

Why You Should Brush Up on Your C Programming Skills to Find a New Job

It’s that time. Time to move on in your technology career. As a first step, start by evaluating your programming languages and determine where you have a skill gap.

If you thought C programming language was dead, think again. C programming is the go-to language for most developers and still ranks highly on the programming-language indexes of RedMonk and TIOBE.

Evolution of C C language is one of the original programming languages, right up there with Assembly and FORTRAN. The difference is, 46 years later C is still going strong. The reason: Evolution. C is always releasing updated versions to keep pace with new functions.

Why C? By brushing up on your C skills you will be able to read and write code for a large number of platforms, including microcontrollers, advanced systems and operating systems.

C or C++ C++ is an extension of C.  It is quite difficult […]

Data Scientist or Data Engineer: Which is Right For Your Career?

Looking for an in-demand career path?

Big Data positions are in high demand. In particular, two high-paying positions that enterprise and research institutions are seeking are data scientists and data engineers.

Let’s compare the key differences in the roles and responsibilities of a data scientist and a data engineer to help you decide which one is right for your career.

Big Data is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools.”

With data sets this large, new roles have emerged to manage, query, interpret and visualize the data. Additionally, the data then needs to be turned into actionable insights to help business and organizations. The roles of data scientist and data engineer are found in large, enterprise corporations and organizations, as well as research and governmental institutions. Both positions have enormous growth potential and have been […]

How Your Ego Can Get in the Way of Tech Innovation

Ego is an essential part of leadership. Yet, ego-driven behavior is often the reason for failure when it comes to launching new technology innovations.

In the tech industry, being innovative and entrepreneurial are coveted and expected leadership traits. Leading a successful tech innovation requires acknowledging your ego is frequently the dominant driver in your behavior; however, it is purpose, not ego that should be what motivates and inspires you.

Ego vs. Purpose Leaders find motivation either through ego or purpose. Where you find your motivation can be the determining factor in the success of your innovation, project or new business.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Ego Motivation Those leaders who find motivation through ego are only looking to benefit themselves, through profit, praise or self-validation. The ego-driven strategy, whether it be for a technology innovation or a new business launch, doesn’t lend itself to long-term success, because the purpose […]

The Most Impactful Way to Set Digital Transformation Goals for Your Company

Digital Transformation (DT) is revolutionizing industries everywhere. As professionals and departmental leaders in human resources, information technology, financial services and marketing/sales – we’ve seen our peers experience the benefits of automation. When proposing and evaluating your departments DT, what goals should you set to ensure the maximum impact for your company?

Digital transformation requires executive leadership to have vision and define the desired areas of outcome. The current trend, according to the MIT Sloan Management Review, is transforming three key areas: customer experience, operational processes and business models.

Baseline Today; Measure Tomorrow. Once you define your key measurement areas, it’s time to document a baseline of current data points. To start, establish procedural processes of timelines and key performance indicators (KPIs). DT often has company-wide implications and all stakeholders should be involved in defining baselines and goal setting.

Measuring Customer Experience Goals. If your objective is to digitally transform […]

Will Your Job Survive AI?

For years, the tech industry giants of Google, IBM, Microsoft and others have been predicting the sweeping changes that artificial intelligence (AI), combined with robotics will bring to the future global economy and workforce.

According to a study by research firm Gartner, an estimated 1.8 million jobs may be lost by 2020, but as we know, for every negative action there is a positive reaction and an estimated 2.3 million jobs may be created.

Which side of the AI chasm will your job be on? How do you future-proof your career to ensure you are on the job-creation side?

What Industries Will be Most Affected by AI? Industries at risk have the common factor of predictable tasks and rules that machine-learning algorithms will replicate. Manufacturing, finance, retail, driving, accounting and any customer-facing positions are all at risk.

Jobs of the future will be found in the industries of STEM […]

The Right Way to Address Employment Gaps on Your Tech Resume

Gaps in employment can happen to many professionals. Whether the reason is of a personal nature, (maternity or paternity leave or caring for a family member), or is a more professional matter (being laid off or heading back to the classroom), it is essential that a tech professional address these gaps on their resume. So, what are the most common employment gaps that professionals experience and how does a job seeker address these gaps on their tech resume? 

Employment Gap # 1: Going Back to School Full-time  Returning to school full-time after being employed can create a gap in employment. If you are a professional returning to the workforce after being a full-time student, there are several ways to present this gap on your resume. For example, not only should you list the type of degree you earned, but you should also put your educational experience under your professional […]

Your New Tech Hire Must Have These 5 Qualities

With unemployment at historic lows, the time it takes to find, hire, and onboard a new employee is taking longer and longer. Thus, an organization needs to get the maximum benefit possible out of each new hire.  With this in mind, what are the most important qualities to look for in a new tech hire?

Mentoring Abilities When bringing a new tech hire into an organization, their ability to serve as a mentor and educate those around them is crucial. For example, when senior tech professionals, mentor lower-level employees skills gaps are significantly reduced. For younger tech professionals, while they are not expected to mentor others, they should be able to work with peers and offer assistance in working through problems, educating their colleagues along the way on areas where they have expertise.

Problem Solving: Basic Program Management Knowledge  Program management is a necessary discipline in every industry. A […]

Where Are the H-1B Visa Holders Working?

The H-1B visa program (part of the Immigration and Nationality Act) has become the subject of much debate in Washington and across the nation. Over the last few months, several American business leaders in the tech community have spoken out regarding the importance of the H-1B visa program. These business leaders not only wanted to acknowledge the enormous contributions H-1B visa holders provide to the US economy but to warn the public about the tremendous negative impacts to US innovation should the program be altered significantly.

So, what is an H-1B visa and who is eligible to hold one?

H-1B Visa: The Basics An H1-B visa is a “temporary visa that employers use to hire foreigners in “specialty occupations” for which there are not enough skilled American workers to fill available jobs.” To qualify, a visa holder must have at least a bachelor’s degree. The H1-B visa grants a […]

DevOps Trends You Should Know Now

DevOps has gone from a ‘chaotic experiment’ once believed destined for failure to the industry standard in a short period of time. In the last year alone, DevOps has seen considerable change, as more businesses include the methodology into their operating environment. As DevOps becomes more and more prevalent, how do companies take advantage of this change in operations to speed delivery and innovation?

What is DevOps?  DevOps, also sometimes referred to as “Continuous Integration” (CI) or “Continuous Delivery” (CD) is an application development and management practice that aims to integrate software development with deployment and operations. The practice of DevOps is predicated on developing, testing, and deploying code in the shortest amount of time possible by removing all manual effort and ‘customizations.’ Read more about the top DevOps trends of 2018, below. 

Enterprise DevOps In 2017, the presence of DevOps grew stronger in both the IT world and business […]

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