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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Get Your Hiring Managers and Recruiters on the Same Page

Recruiting and hiring is a complex process. At the heart of this process lies, an important relationship between the two primary stakeholders in this arrangement: the hiring manager, and the recruiter.

The relationship between a hiring manager and recruiter boils down to two parties who have a shared goal – staffing an open position with the best candidate possible. It’s this shared goal that must unite the two parties so that it can be achieved. So, what is the best way to get a hiring manager and recruiter on the same page?

Start With a Unified Strategy With Set Milestones When a hiring manager and recruiter start a new candidate search, the first step should be developing a unified recruitment strategy. In this strategy, the position should be clearly defined as well as the general requirements the hiring manager is looking for in potential candidates.

Furthermore, responsibilities and tasking […]

Should You Create Accountability Partners on Your Tech Team?

In the day-to-day operations of a business, much can get lost in the noise. Issues can take over allowing small things to be forgotten which causes goals and targets to be missed. These forgotten items and missed goals, almost always result in problems and headaches down the road. So, how do organizations prevent forgotten items, missed deadlines and unattained goals?

Creating Accountability Partners: The Key to Improving Efficiency The American Society of Training and Development found “that people are 65% [more] likely to meet a goal after committing to another person.” Furthermore, “their chances of success increase to 95% when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners.”

Creating accountability partners within your tech team will help in the task of meeting deadlines and reaching performance goals. However, accountability partnerships don’t occur organically; they take planning and effort.

Ways to Include Accountability on Your Tech Team Accountability partnerships […]

How to Take on Tough Cybersecurity Challenges

Cybersecurity is on the mind of every CEO and corporate board today. Each year, corporations across the globe spend billions of dollars to secure corporate data and keep hackers out. When hackers are successful, it can cost a corporation greatly. The damage caused by hackers goes beyond financial burdens and extends to both an organization’s reputation and customer relationships. With this in mind, how does an organization successfully take on the cybersecurity challenges our connected world presents?

The Top 6 Cyber Challenges Challenge # 1 – Data, Data, Everywhere Solution: Separate Personal Employee Data from the Rest of Your Network

Businesses today are overflowing with all types of data. Where possible, use segregated networks for employee data and business operations. This segregation can prevent many headaches and can isolate damage in the event of a breach.

Challenge # 2 – Cyber Risk from Outside Parties Solution: Evaluate Third-Party Risk […]

The Most Important Things to Do While Attending Conferences

Conferences are an essential part of professional growth. Not only do they expose attendees to upcoming trends in their industry, they can also help with soft skills such as networking.

How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience Conferences can be overwhelming experiences stretched out over several days and jam-packed with events, activities, talks, and social gatherings. The best way to get the most out of your conference experience is to do a little pre-planning.

Do Your Research Before booking your hotel room and rental car, do a little research on the conference you are attending. Research the speakers and the topics to ensure the information provided will be of benefit to your current or future work projects. Also, think about whether there is any other business you can do in the host city, which is a nice bonus.

Create a Plan Once you have researched the conference […]

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