Tech Team Talk Middle managers are often seen as people who are conservative and do not want to change things. In short, they are seen as blockers who prevent CIOs from achieving key objectives. But by thinking more carefully about the middle management role, we can understand how better to engage them and get them to support and even enhance our change programs.
Tech Team Talk 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?
Tech Team Talk Crazily, most people think they are above-average performers. This can create difficulties for team managers, but a closer look at research in this area can help us manage through this performance paradox.
Tech Team Talk Engagement in IT functions tends to be lower than elsewhere, and it is time for CIOs to act. Leadership capability can be developed if employers help managers to understand why their people are not engaged.
Tech Team Talk Exciting advances in artificial intelligence (AI) don't mean that it's time to quit your professional job — least of all your software development job.
Tech Team Talk Performance rating and comparisons involve the much-hated "bell curve" distribution, which is imposed on managers and causes endless grumbling. But can we do anything about the bell curve blues?
Tech Team Talk Many IT functions are not equipped to meet the higher expectations that cloud offerings have triggered. CIOs must develop a talent strategy and implement a talent roadmap.