Each month, we will revisit our top blogs of the month, giving you the chance to check out some of our favorites. Here’s a look at the top blog posts from March…
Responsible Leadership: It is Your Job
Our CEO/Founder Tim Hebert put out an ask to readers this month: take responsibility for the technology and process problems that impact your team. Every day, Tim writes, there are daily technology and process hurdles that gravely impact our teams, things like—manual processes, death-by-spreadsheet environments, disparate data… the list goes on. It can be easy, especially if you do not lead operations or IT, to believe it is not your responsibility to tackle these issues. But it is your job, argues Tim.
“If broken processes and legacy technologies are the very impediments to productive working teams, happy employees and efficient workforces, then it is every leader’s job to address the problems at hand. If we don’t, we are at risk of employee attrition which ultimately impacts morale, culture and our external stakeholders,” he writes.
Resting on Laurels
As Jim Collins writes in his best-selling business book “Good to Great,” “Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great.” The notion of resting on one’s laurels is prevalent in the business environment, with good companies accepting moderate success—instead of pushing for extraordinary success.
In his March blog, Principal of Technology and Client Services Randy Jackvony talks about the dangers of moderate success, writing: “Success can be a fabulous motivator. But, there are examples of when moderate success is an impediment to an organization in achieving a higher echelon of success or reaching the “next level.” I would go as far to say that moderate success is worse than moderate failure.” Randy pulls back the layers of moderate success, describing how this level of success can act as a barrier to improvement.
The BA Benefit
In March, our Principal of Business Solutions Dana McInnis recounted a recent conversation she had with a CEO about the danger in making team members wear too many hats, specifically when it comes to managing IT projects. The CEO described the difference in outcomes among two situations: the first, asking a team player to play both the roles of the Business Analyst and the Project Manager in an enterprise software project and the second, in which he assigned a long-time business analyst as the dedicated analyst on a company-wide software project.
Click here to find out which project enjoyed greater success.
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Everything You Need to Know About Machine Learning
Curious how machine learning works? Wondering how it differs from artificial intelligence? In his latest post, Lead Architect Scott Cornell walks readers through how machine learning works and identifies everyday examples of machine learning that you may not realize. These examples include:
- Talking to Alexa
- Using Google Translate
- Posting pictures to Facebook