Mike Rollings

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The New IT Reality Demands a Participative Workforce

by Mike Rollings  |  April 22, 2013  |  Comments Off

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 and trends are affecting IT careers from the practitioner’s point of view. This field research incorporated both a Gartner Research Circle survey and in-depth interviews […]

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Goodbye Baked Ham

by Mike Rollings  |  November 28, 2012  |  Comments Off

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 his wife sawing the end off of a roast before baking because she thinks it creates a better roast. But when they call the originator […]

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The Nexus and IT Jobs – It’s Hip to be Square

by Mike Rollings  |  November 5, 2012  |  Comments Off

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 and information — and the profound implications for IT. The nexus forces combine to provide a platform and impetus for innovation, but many organizations are […]

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Employers ask for Facebook passwords but not social skills

by Mike Rollings  |  April 9, 2012  |  1 Comment

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 feel employers should be asking for social media passwords, this post is more about the irony that employers want social passwords but are not asking […]

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IT job postings ask for the wrong thing

by Mike Rollings  |  April 5, 2012  |  1 Comment

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 that most IT organizations are hiring for the wrong requirements. In late 2011 and early 2012 we sampled current job postings in six major job […]

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Inversion of Control

by Mike Rollings  |  February 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

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 at compile time using static analysis. The binding process is achieved through dependency injection. In practice, Inversion of Control is a style of software construction […]

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Luck, Serendipity, and the Contextual Strategist

by Mike Rollings  |  December 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

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 unexpected happening, a simple explanation for the unexpected, a serendipitous association that leaves us in awe of the randomness of life? In that context, strategy […]

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i-i-i is about Focusing on the Individual and Not Yourself

by Mike Rollings  |  November 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

The “i” generation – not quite the selfish focused gang that was recently called out in the UK by its Chief Rabbi and noted by c|net’s Chris Matyszczyk. Like prior generational movements, this one too is misunderstood. The “i” generation is about the importance of the individual which is profoundly different than focusing selfishly on […]

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Steve Jobs – Preparing Us for One More Thing

by Mike Rollings  |  November 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

This weekend I read Steve Jobs eulogy written by his sister Mona Simpson. Anyone with a beating heart can appreciate it and will be touched by it. The love shared between them is apparent, as is the love he had for his family and his life’s work. Yet he was always preparing us for one […]

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Fight inertia and resurrect entrepreneurs

by Mike Rollings  |  July 18, 2011  |  Comments Off

All organizations at some time in their history have experimented, gained knowledge, and operationalized it – experimentation is synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs test many theories as they launch an idea. They are not afraid of making errors and learning from their mistakes. As they refine ideas and gain more knowledge through experimentation, they eventually reach […]

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