• Management

    Design Thinking vs. Agile

    Design Thinking vs. Agile: Combine Problem Finding and Problem Solving for Better Outcomes Source: https://www.mendix.com/ According to IDC, 30-35 percent of IT projects still fail. Other research puts the figure upwards of 50 percent. Regardless of the study, the main reason consistently cited for the failure of software development projects to deliver their intended outcomes is misalignment with user and business needs. According to IDC, 30-35 percent of IT projects still fail. Other research puts the figure upwards of 50 percent.” Many IT leaders believe that adopting agile methodologies like Scrum will fundamentally address this issue. After all, applied correctly, agile helps development teams iterate towards optimal outcomes by developing new solutions incrementally, with a…

  • CIO resources

    When Facing the Unknown, Agility is Your Superpower

    Source: CIO UKIn March, as the number of coronavirus infections grew exponentially across the United States, SkyLakes Medical Center in rural Oregon prepared for an influx of patients. In 48 hours, they renovated and opened an entire floor that had not been used for patient care in years. The city of Buffalo, New York knew its non-emergency and city services hotline was going to be more important than ever. Realizing they needed to field calls while working from home, they routed everything through the University of Buffalo’s managed call system (wow, nice teamwork). If you are a parent, you likely remember the exact moment your child, along with millions of others, was sent home…

  • Open source software
    Open source software

    Open Source Licenses Types

    Every once in a while, community uproar over contentious open source licensing in a popular product will grab headlines, causing all of us to debate what open source licenses are really about. Last year it was the Apache Foundation’s ban of components with Facebook React’s contentious patent clause which caused a stir that sent developers running for the Reddit boards. These past few months, Redis Labs and MongoDB have made changes in the open source licenses of some of their most popular open source databases, leaving many to scratch their heads, highlighting the need to have open source licenses explained in human speak. The simplest explanation is that open source licenses are legal and binding contracts…

  • Open source software
    Open source software

    What is open source?

    The term open source refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. Source: opensource.The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values—what we call “the open source way.” Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development. What is open source software? Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. “Source code” is the part of software that most computer users don’t ever see; it’s the code…

  • Work from home

    9 Ways to Shake Up Working From Home

    If you’re missing your pre-quarantine work routine, these simple tips can help rejuvenate your work from home experience. Source: PC Magazine UKAnyone newly working from home in the last few months has likely experienced some benefits and some drawbacks to their new situation. Seeing as good news is in short supply these days, I want to focus on the good things here. Working remotely comes with some wildly fantastic advantages. Let’s look at how can we use those advantages to shake up our routines when we feel them stagnating. Recently, I posed this question to some friends, colleagues, and acquaintances: “What changes have you made since working from home that have had…

  • CIO resources,  Management

    7 attributes to look for in a deputy IT leader

    The CIO has become pivotal — and demanding. But having a trusted No. 2 can help ease the pain. Here’s how to find the best second-in-command. Source: CIO MagazineThe CIO role is expanding quickly. No longer a tactical leader supporting the IT stack, the CIO has become a pivotal co-creator with business leaders. With so much at stake and on their plates, IT leaders need a dependable second-in-command, someone who can offer advice, handle critical IT, business and personnel tasks and, most importantly, be ready to take the helm when the need arises. Finding a trusty No. 2 isn’t easy, however. The job requires a deep IT and business skillset,…

  • CIO resources

    Making employee experience a CIO priority

    Employee dissatisfaction can have a long-term negative impact on your business. Here’s how to turn things around. Source: CIO MagazineCIOs are under tremendous pressure to cut costs, produce innovative new products and services, hire top talent, and even transform the organization’s business model. With so much on the CIO’s to-do list, the internal employee experience is in danger of falling to the bottom of the CIO agenda. Digital transformation has set the CIO’s attention on external customers, but “there’s a piece of the IT organization whose customer is the employee. Yet that always seems to come last in terms of attention and funding. IT departments generally don’t put the best…

  • CIO resources

    14 technology winners and losers, post-COVID-19

    The coronavirus crisis has shaken up business as usual, with some IT strategies and tools rising to the occasion and others in line for a rethink or tough recovery post-pandemic. Source COI MagazineAs opposed to, say, the travel or restaurant industries, the tech sector has weathered the most disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well. But that doesn’t mean that business has gone smoothly as if nothing happened — or that trends haven’t accelerated or been disrupted by the crisis. While it’s a bit early to know whether shifts in usage and IT tactics will remain permanent, some corners of the computing business have clearly seen a boost, while…

  • digital transformation

    10 reasons why digital transformations fail

    source CIO magazineCulture shock, competing priorities, resistance to change and talent deficits — if you’ve encountered any of the following issues, you may want to re-evaluate your digital transformation. Digital transformations remain fashionable. CIOs are stitching together cloud, APIs and microservices into platforms to augment business processes. Agile architectures, they believe, help streamline operations and better serve customers. Forty-seven percent of 510 business and tech leaders claim that their organization is advancing digital transformation plans across the enterprise, according to research conducted by consultancy TEKsystems in late 2019. The harsh reality is that such transformations often feel like mirages: cool and inviting from afar, but less real as they progress along the path. Often…