How Technical Debt Opens the Door to Cyber Attacks—and Steps to Protect Your Small Business

Strategy Driven

CEOs and CFOs managing technology may not recognize tech debt building up in their SMBs—because it is not revealed in monthly variance reports or other accounting controls. That is patch management—a relatively straightforward process, 10 or 20 years ago.

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The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer

Harvard Business Review

These three change accelerators are what lie behind today''s avalanche of business transformation, and they are directly affecting the roles of CIO and CTO. And, just as the CIO''s role needs to change, so too does the CTO''s—from Chief Technology Officer to Chief Transformation Officer. In the near future, the CTO will need to oversee the transformation of every business process, including how you sell, market, communicate, collaborate, and innovate. IT management

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How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

The stories, including one by America’s new CTO and former VP at Google[X] Megan Smith , are the authentic voices of women who have persevered, overcome, created, and innovated their careers and accomplishments. This book is full with lessons for women, men, girls, boys, teachers, leaders, managers, even politicians on how to overcome stereotypes, stigmas, and artificial distinctions. Freshman Engineers designing radial keyboard for the communication impaired (e.g.,

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How Much do Software Developers Make in 2019?

Strategy Driven

The starting salary of cyber security engineers is also misleading. 30% of surveyed cyber security engineer jobs actually begin at the $83,000 to $108,499 range. Note that engineering roles have slight but significant job differences from your standard developer: engineers don’t just code. Software engineers help develop processes and apply engineering principles to solve client needs, which means understanding the big picture and taking a strategic approach.

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Harvard Business

Because I teach a course on Product Management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “what is the role of a Product Manager?” ” The role of a Product Manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the Product.” Authentic and trusting relationships within an organization can lead to more support if additional funding is needed for a product or to sway an engineer to include a quick bug fix in the next sprint.

A 5-Part Process for Using Technology to Improve Your Talent Management

Harvard Business

And because organizational change tends to be driven by those who most acutely feel the pain, it’s often line managers who are the strongest champions for “talent tech”: innovations in how firms hire people, staff projects, evaluate performance, and develop talent. Because operational managers are closer to the action, they have better insights into specific business challenges and customer pain points that can be addressed by new technologies.

To Drive Digital Transformation, Focus on People

Strategy Driven

Beyond these “soft” skills, we need to encourage what Toyota calls “Towering Technical Competence”: certainly in the technical areas of data, networks, development processes and such, but also in customer understanding, testing, process engineering, and partner negotiations.

How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done

Harvard Business

You’re not cut out for engineering. Lines like this are still used all too frequently when employees tell their managers that they want to move in a new direction. Managers are under tremendous pressure to generate results. I hear these challenges all the time as I work with managers at all levels, particularly in large corporations. Part of your job will be to manage this uncertainty. Or perhaps they want to jump from engineering to sales.

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Continuous Development Will Change Organizations as Much as Agile Did

Harvard Business

Maximize engineering productivity. Engineers love continuous delivery environments because they can immediately see how their work adds value to the organization. As Inessa Lurye, former head of product at Maxwell Health, points out “Continuous delivery is one of the more contemporary engineering practices that attracts high quality engineers.” aleksandarvelasevic/Getty Images.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business

HBS Executive Education brings you these articles about business management courtesy of Harvard Business School Working Knowledge. For a holiday promotion, a young project manager and his marketing colleagues launched a “treasure hunt,” working nonstop to launch registration pages, clues, and an hourly countdown clock. Innovation Product development Leadership Leading teams Managing organizations Sponsor Content

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business

HBS Executive Education brings you these articles about business management courtesy of Harvard Business School Working Knowledge. At Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. Linda Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, is among the distinguished faculty of the General Management Program a unique program designed to accelerate leadership growth of cross-functional executives focused on driving change across their organization.

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Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Harvard Business

These companies have become agile in name only, as the process they’ve put in place often ends up hurting engineering motivation and productivity. These requirements were put into a ticket queue as tasks for the next available engineer to start working on.

Which U.S. Companies Are Doing the Most R&D in China and India?

Harvard Business Review

Which companies allocate the highest proportion of that budget to engineering in China and India, specifically? And what drives their success with these global engineering initiatives? To find out, we developed a measure and coined the term Global Engineering Intensity (GEI) as the ratio of the headcount of R&D staff in India plus China to a company’s current annual R&D expense. They consider global engineering to be strategic.

The C-Suite Needs a Chief Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

The Chief Entrepreneur will be responsible for managing a portfolio of entrepreneurs who experiment with new business models and value propositions. This is not a CTO role or a role that reports to the CEO. You produce growth engines with calculated bets, not “wild-ass gambles.” This means managing entrepreneurs who can navigate trends and market behaviors. You do not work for the CEO, or alongside the CTO, CIO, and CFO.

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Reversing the Curse of Dominant Logic

Harvard Business Review

Increase R&D spending in emerging markets and focus it on local needs: Harman's core competency is engineering, and Paliwal shifted the engineering function's center of gravity from Germany and the United States to key emerging markets. Leverage global resources: Paliwal recruited several of the more open-minded members of the legacy engineering culture to join the India LGT. Paliwal not only thwarted the coup, he supported Lawande's leadership and even made him the new CTO.

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Is Your Organization Ready for Total Digitization?

Harvard Business Review

Three Approaches to Managing Total Digitization. How are enterprises managing the spread and scope of total digitization? We at MIT CISR have found that enterprises are using one or more of three approaches to managing total digitization: convergence, coordination, or a separate digital innovation stacks approach. At Boeing, all enterprise technology (including digital) investments are managed by the CTO, which enables significant synergies.

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Make Your Innovative Idea Seem Less Terrifying

Harvard Business Review

She loved her job, and with a background in public affairs in communications had been successful in both international business and management roles. But as she began to consider her future at the company, she realized that all of the people above her were white, male engineers or accountants. She also believed that Sanofi’s competitive edge was at risk because of this narrow approach to talent management. How Good Management Stifles Breakthrough Innovation.

How IT Professionals Can Embrace the Serendipity Economy

Harvard Business Review

With Frederick''s Taylor invention of scientific management in the 1880s, and its subsequent assimilation into what we now consider modern management, organizations have used logic and rationality to the eliminate waste, to seek efficiency, and to transfer human knowledge to tools and processes. This perspective created the industrial economy lens through which most managers perceive their operations. The managers haven''t stopped talking to each other. IT management

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How IBM, Intuit, and Rich Products Became More Customer-Centric

Harvard Business Review

In response to the rapid advance of cloud computing, IBM’s software engineering groups embraced the Agile development method – with teams focused on incremental delivery of new capabilities every few weeks or months. Charlie Hill , Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Design, told us, “To deliver fundamentally different and better user experiences, designers want to take a step back and observe users actually doing their jobs.

How Sephora Reorganized to Become a More Digital Brand

Harvard Business Review

We’re lucky to have an amazing CTO with a deep knowledge of e-commerce and strong desire to partner with the business, and a strong team behind him. When the industry was purporting that mobile was best served as a content engine and mobile shopping would take years to take off, we dove-in head first. What needs to be in place for people in these roles to succeed, and on a personal level, what is it like to manage your dual roles?

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