Category: Management

Tech’s other problem – arrogance

In Silicon Valley: “Suddenly the mind-set became that if you’re a young kid who’s arrogant and disrespectful and doesn’t have the right social skills, that’s the mark of a good entrepreneur.” Source: Uber CEO’s admission he needs to ‘grow up’ highlights perils of being a young leader – MarketWatch There’s been much news coverage over sexism, and less coverage about age-ism, in the tech sector. This article highlights another problem – the culture of arrogance...

The role of the CIO in the future

The role of the CIO in the future

With high tech readily available “off the shelf” and probably from an outsourced cloud service, what is the role of the CIO in 10 or 15 years? A world where IT is perceived as essential but not strategic is an ugly place to be. Source: The CIO is becoming the HVAC guy | Computerworld The author suggests the role of the future CIO is to provide a smorgasbord of IT options from which others can...

Why on-the-job training has mostly vanished 0

Why on-the-job training has mostly vanished

Is On-the-Job Training Still Worth It for Companies? – Businessweek. The relationship between employers and employees is such that jobs are rarely long lasting anymore. As a result, employers do not wish to invest in worker training for fear they will not see a return on investment. Another fear, not mentioned in the article, is that training workers with new skills often implies they should earn more money – which employers prefer not to pay....

US GAO’s full report on management failures 0

US GAO’s full report on management failures

Here is the full report: Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management (PDF) I do not have time to read it just now but look forward to going over it later as a lesson in software engineering practices. Related articles Probe: HealthCare.Gov Rollout Failed Because of Terrible Oversight Probe exposes flaws behind rollout

HR is often a road block to hiring good workers 0

HR is often a road block to hiring good workers

Ask The Headhunter: The Talent Shortage Myth and Why HR Should Get Out of the Hiring Business | The Business Desk with Paul Solman | PBS NewsHour | PBS. At many companies there are layers of HR-related staff and automated resume scanners that pre-screen applications. But as the author of the linked article points out, the HR staff generally lack the technical skills to adequately evaluate technical applicants, and they are not held accountable for...

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