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The New IT Reality Demands a Participative Workforce

by Mike Rollings  |  April 22, 2013

Last week my report “Field Research Summary: The Changing IT Career” was published on Gartner.com. This report summarizes the findings from our field research project focused on how goals, expectations...

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Why projects fail? Hint - It's not technical skills.

by Mike Rollings  |  March 28, 2013

A large area of concern for many Gartner clients is “How do I get a large organization to do new things, to collaborate effectively, and to improve overall delivery effectiveness?”...

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Goodbye Baked Ham

by Mike Rollings  |  November 28, 2012

Zig Ziglar died today. The title may make instant sense to his followers or to those of you that have heard me tell his story about baked ham. It's about...

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The Nexus and IT Jobs - It's Hip to be Square

by Mike Rollings  |  November 5, 2012

Last week our “2013 Professional Effectiveness Planning Guide: Coming to Terms With the Nexus of Forces” was published on Gartner.com. It discusses the Nexus of Forces — social, mobile, cloud...

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Career Survival Skills for Gearheads

by Mike Rollings  |  July 19, 2012

The Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research team is fond of gearheads. You know, the technical professionals who get things done within organizations, the ones who find the answers. For...

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Employers ask for Facebook passwords but not social skills

by Mike Rollings  |  April 9, 2012

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about employers asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords. I heard yet another story about this over the weekend. While I don’t...

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IT job postings ask for the wrong thing

by Mike Rollings  |  April 5, 2012

My report “Job Postings – Hiring for IT’s Past” published today on Gartner.com. This Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) report is a wake-up call for IT organizations because it shows...

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Inversion of Control

by Mike Rollings  |  February 14, 2012

According to Wikipedia, inversion of control (IoC) is an object-oriented programming practice whereby the object coupling is bound at run time by an "assembler" object and are typically not knowable...

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Failures in Communication - Don’t Tell Me! Engage Me!

by Mike Rollings  |  January 3, 2012

For frequent readers, you know that I tend to look at issues through a humanistic lens.  Many of my client inquiries start with a request for the best way to...

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Luck, Serendipity, and the Contextual Strategist

by Mike Rollings  |  December 27, 2011

Recently, @davegray @tetradian @nickmalik and I (@mikerollings) had a brief twitter exchange about the role of luck in strategy. What is luck anyway? Isn't it just a happy accident, an...

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