Hire thinkers, not groupthinkers

There is a worrying groupthink – and groupthink is pretty much the same as non-think – in some IT circles today. For example, waterfall, on-premises hardware and ERP tend to be seen as “bad” while agile and AI are “good.” But some in IT think quite superficially about specific technologies: they just go with the flow. CIOs need IT people whose thoughts are less predictable, and more thoughtful, inquisitive and open-minded. So how can they find more such people?
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Iain Smith is Director of Diaz Research, a research and advisory company focusing on IT people and organization best practices. He has 25 years experience working with blue chip companies on the IT HR issues and solutions .

His clients are mainly $20billion-plus US and European companies, who recognize the specialist knowledge that he brings to the subject of organizing and managing the IT workforce. He is a keen observer of both publicized and underlying trends and this informs his thinking and approach.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Iain Smith and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.