In the summertime, productivity is known to drop. In an IT working environment, it’s sometimes harder to concentrate on your tasks and block out the distractions than to do the work itself. And to make things even harder, the warm weather is making you daydreaming about sandy beaches and a gentle sea breeze. However, there are a few things you can start practicing to get your productivity back. Interested? Read on.
Over the years LinkedIn has become a must-have social network for everyone aspiring to develop their career or look for job opportunities and alternatives. If you manage your profile properly, LinkedIn becomes a one of a kind online resume. Recruiters scan through the network daily and every once in a while, an interview invitation lands in your inbox, without the trouble of emailing your CV multiple times and without the stress of waiting for the answer. But what if one morning you wake up, and it’s all gone?
Sometimes projects tend to have a mind of their own. While roles and responsibilities may be clear at kick off, as time passes and we get more deeply involved with the work, it might become unclear who should be consulted for a certain task or who’s the one to provide final validation of the work done. That’s why we can’t get enough of the RACI matrix: it’s a simple way to define levels of involvement by team members on a project.
On several occasions, we’ve mentioned that a company’s success is predestined by the quality of people working for that company, as well as the relationships the company forms with its employees. In IT, more than anywhere, recruiting the right personnel is of the essence, since the market demands are growing more complex and the race of delivering a product is getting faster every day. By now we’re proud to say that our company has over 40 handpicked employees, and we feel that we can contribute to an overall hiring experience with our own story.
Today, computers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so we decided to investigate the small ones since they’ve become a very important part of everyday life. To investigate their usefulness, we chose the Raspberry Pi 3 as a representative example and built a whole app with its help.
When artificial intelligence and machine learning are mentioned, most people think of movie blockbusters, robots, and super-computers. However, these associations are no more science fiction then having a conversation with a chatbot on your favorite e-commerce website. Still, many businesses are doubting the power and the benefits of AI when it comes to sales. For those who are about to embrace it: we salute you! For others, keep reading.
Dealing with your project’s budget can sometimes get overwhelming. Just remember all the expense reports, all the project budget templates you had to fill up and the everchanging project team’s rates.
Can you? Well, neither could we.
Forming a team takes great consideration. Not only that you have to choose teammates with skills that align with your project’s goals, but they have to be compatible in commitment, able to communicate in an efficient way and be highly interested in developing their skills further, whether that’s a project related need or a part of the company’s strategy.
But how do you know the level in which your resources mastered the skill set demanded by their work position and company role? Assess, compare and be transparent about the results. Or, Horreum Competence can do it for you.
The PM BOK defines a servant leader as a person who: demonstrates the commitment to serve and put other people first; focuses on other people’s growth, learning, development, autonomy, and well-being; concentrates on relationships, community and collaboration; leadership is secondary and emerges after service. But what about the leader him/herself? How does one benefit from servant leadership in an agile IT environment?
Corporations are living and breathing organisms. Imagine you’re in a hurry to run some errands in the morning, but your legs are just not up to it. Many businesses face the same problem on a daily basis. Motivating people is an ongoing process, and it should be tailored to fit your organization. With that being said, this is how we do it and what we try to avoid.