When you’re trying to deliver a new product to market, you’re probably focused on just that: the product. What is it? What does it do? Why does it need to exist? Who’s going to use it? Is there a sufficient market to sustain this business model? All of these questions demand answers before you can […] The post 3 Essentials of Successful Software Development appeared first on SmallBizClub.
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Whether you’re a budding startup, a well-known enterprise, or anything in between, scope creep can be a serious problem, especially when trying to go from a napkin sketch to a working piece of software or mobile application. In any software or mobile app development project, it’s crucial to have a clearly defined scope of work […] The post Do This to Effectively Narrow Scope and Trim the Fat Off Your Next Development Project appeared first on SmallBizClub.
Guest Article Getting the next generation of leaders ready for the business needs of the gig economy requires development that is fluid, on-demand and aligned to the individual’s career journey. Development can no longer be a static event that takes place only in the confines of a classroom setting. It’s simply not enough. A lot of companies talk about their people being their greatest assets, but not many actually put their money where their mouth is. They pay lip service to the idea of development, to a misconceived notion of knowledge, and skill development being a one-stop shop. Go to a class, or attend a conference, and when you come back … all of your problems will be solved. Forge forward in your career and make good things happen. This is the common misconception in many of the client organizations my consulting practice has worked with recently. “Employees are having a hard time adjusting to the new change/product/organization (insert words here)?” “Train them.” Training, despite all of its intentions, is not a cure for all that ails you, nor is it the only form of development that exists within your organization. Development is much broader than that. Development needs to live within and across your organization. We need to redefine learning to be a more inclusive enterprise. One that recognizes learning and development takes place both formally and informally, both on the job and in the classroom, through others and within oneself. In order to truly develop your people, consider the context within which they operate. What are the tools that they need in order to survive, what are the tools they need in order to excel, and what are the tools they need to help others excel in role? Thinking about development with this lens allows you to put supporting structures into place as people move through their career journeys and progress along the leadership pipeline. This type of construct allows business owners to flex development to meet the needs of their business and their employee base, And because of the flexibility inherent in the framework, this thinking also…