How to be a junior software developer
In my time as a junior at ThoughtWorks, I was blessed to have opportunities to grow and develop my skills on several interesting projects, with the help of some amazing people. In this article, I want to share the strategy I used to maximize my professional development. If you’re in a similar position, I hope this will help you make your first steps into tech successful. If you’re a senior or team lead, I hope that this will help you to support juniors in growing and becoming productive. If you’re a company, I hope that this will provide some context for how to hire and staff junior developers.
Interview Preparation – Advice for Employers
Interview preparation by employers is an important aspect of ensuring a great candidate experience and therefore hiring the best talent.
Embrace automation and release
your employees’ creativity
Automation is set to impact every single aspect of the workplace. It’s already begun to replace tasks and processes done by humans which don’t require complex decision making. For example, a company called Momentum Machines has created a robot that will make and flip a hamburger in under 10 seconds. Imagine how this would make you feel if you worked in the fast food industry. Eventually, as artificial intelligence evolves, humans will make fewer and fewer decisions. A study by Oxford University researchers estimates that 47 per cent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades.
Why IT departments must reinvent themselves
Traditionally, IT departments operate differently from the ‘delivery’ teams within the organisation. This excuses them from being seen through the same lens as the delivery teams.
Why the best way to encourage
digital innovation is not to fund it
Frazer Bennett, chief innovation officer at PA Consulting Group shares his insights with Bill Goodwin, Content Editor at Computer Weekly on how firms can be more innovative.
Special teams: A new way to deploy FP&A
Is it time to envision a new operating model for FP&A—one that dramatically elevates its contribution to the organisation?
Special topic: Why reversing globalisation may not be a good idea
After the 2008 global financial crisis, global leaders pledged to avoid protectionist measures in order to speed up economic recovery and boost growth. However, protectionism has been rising since. Is a retreat from globalisation possible? If not, what is the way forward?
Digital Transformation for Ambitious & Growing Consulting Businesses
According to the consulting.uk industry website, market growth for Management Consultancies is set to continue healthy through 2017/18, with ongoing and increasing demand for expert consulting services.
Are you leaving digital transformation just to IT?
Intelligent deployment leads to improved productivity and efficiency for your business and enables you to act swiftly on your transformation, measure performance, and analyze results.
Assessing the key digital transformation trends for the next decade
Three significant business technology trends will enable business leaders to thrive over the next five to 10 years. Artificial intelligence (AI), transparently immersive experiences and new digital platforms will provide the foundation that enables organizations to connect with new business ecosystems.
Does your organisation measure up?
Our innovation leadership assessment reveals how your organisation’s attitude and approach to innovation could be affecting your performance. Answer 14 questions and get a detailed analysis of how successful your organisation is at innovation. It will only take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Management Consultants: does your CV let you down?
You may think writing a CV is straight forward, but mediocre CVs are the norm and don’t do an applicant justice.
Why IT departments must reinvent themselves: Part 1
IT departments are on the verge of being irrelevant to businesses. Increasingly, there is a need to reinvent themselves and align better with the business. The industry is at crossroads, where they need to choose between being merely seen as a cost center in the organization, and instead, take the lead to be an important and influential partner in the business.
What a High Performing Team Looks Like and How to Create One
High performing is a team property, a temporary state which needs attention if teams want to keep on performing well. Things you can do to build a high performing team include creating safety, investing in developing collaboration skills, and giving peer-to-peer feedback.
Finally going to pitch that great idea you've been sitting on? We've got some tips to get you through it
This article on pitching your idea is adapted from the Strategy Workout book by Clare Segal and Bernard Ross (Pearson 2016). Having an idea is only the start of your communications journey. You need to know who can make the decision to back your idea, and then pitch it to them.
Challenging Customers? Innovate, Collaborate, Engage. Barometer on Change Report 2017.
Since 2012, Moorhouse has conducted an annual survey of senior leaders on the challenges they face in implementing change. Our findings draw on the views of over 200 board members and the senior leaders that work most closely with them, from organisations across private and public sectors.
Taking Small Steps Towards Customer 4.0
We know organisations today have much less influence over their customers' buying behaviours. And the customer-led revolution, what we call 'Customer 4.0', calls for businesses to really get to grips with the end outcomes customers seek.
What makes the market leaders, leaders?
70% of manufacturing companies that were on the Fortune 1000 list ten years ago have vanished. Survivors include IBM, Boeing, General Motors, John Deere, Rolls Royce, and Philips – they are market leaders because they continuously renew offerings, recharge capabilities and redesign their organisations.
Tackling the Challenge of Evolving Customer Expectations
At Oracle’s recent Modern Business Experience (MBX) event in London, virtually every business in attendance agreed on one thing: it’s never been more important to ensure both your corporate culture and approach to technology lend themselves to a constantly evolving customer experience.
New breed of medically-enhanced 'elite super workers' who are smarter, stronger and faster will arrive in 2030
-PwC surveyed 10,000 people across the UK, Germany, China, India and the US
Leading with compassion and inclusivity
We are living in challenging times, fraught with anxiety and stress. Globally, we are faced with daily acts of terror, hate crimes, riots and protests, each having a long-lasting and damaging impact on the people around us and the communities we serve. Naturally, this is bound to blur the thin line dividing personal and professional lives.So, how should your organisation respond in the aftermath of difficult events?
Summer reads with a difference: top five books on business, social and technological change
If you’re looking for something a little more cerebral to pack in your beach bag this summer, Steve Butler, CEO, Punter Southall Aspire has put together a list of his top five reads.
According to Gartner, bias is an intrinsic part of analytics: Here’s how to deal with it
You’re biased. I’m biased. It’s inevitable. And the first step to overcoming it is to acknowledge it. But don’t just take my word for it, take Gartner’s. In a recent report, Gartner acknowledges that bias is an intrinsic part of analytics; it is “inherent in the development of analytic models, data selection and the associated algorithms.”
Make your voice a pleasure to listen to and grab your audience’s attention
If your voice is a pleasure to listen to you are already ahead of the game when it comes to sharing your message and getting a positive response to your presentation (or indeed any other communication) – says Andrew P.Bennett from Toastmasters International.
How to engage millennials
PA’s Freneka Mumford, people and talent expert, is quoted in an article in Ignites Europe which looks at how the fund industry can engage better with millennials. The article discusses how fund firms should make more of an effort with millennials to understand their aspirations and help to create a more innovative sector.
Big goals and small steps – the
union of strategy and Agile
Digital technology, once viewed by many as distinct and insignificant, now permeates every industrial sector. A handful of companies dominate the global tech economy.
Technology Placing New Demands on HR, and Helping it Fulfil Them
Innovative technology and the digitalization that it underpins is upending companies large and small; HR teams' roles are changing as a result, and technology is also helping them respond
A good simple summary of how you can look after your talented people
It’s tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn’t be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, your best employees are the first to go, because they have the most options.
Understanding Design Thinking, Lean and Agile
Highly touted methodologies, such as Agile, Lean, and Design Thinking, leave many organizations bamboozled by an unprecedented array of processes, tools and methods for product development. How do the methods fit together to achieve the right outcome, and what's the right balance? What’s the best approach for your circumstances?
Will robots steal our jobs?
The potential impact of automation on the UK and other major economies