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Common skills in IT and getting your point across

direction.jpgThere are many changes taking place in technology some of them are foundational and make us rethink our efforts from scratch, some are more incremental and be changes to capabilities we have only recently been using – like cloud.


A variety of skills are needed to address this degree of change, but some seem to be universal:

  • 3rd party management is now core to the IT organization,
  • The effective definition of Proof of Concepts (PoC) is also an expectation.
  • Communications

There are changes in so many areas in IT, that the ability to fire many bullets rather than a single cannonball at the problem is critical. Understanding the impact on your business rather than business in general is important.


Equally important is the ability to explain to others the importance of a particular technology or effort.


Last night I went to the University of North Texas to help review a number of student’s senior projects. They had to present what was essentially the culmination of their efforts that semester. Here are a couple of feedback items that were common to all the presentations:

1)      They all used too many slides – don’t be a slave to PowerPoint

2)      Make sure you state your conclusion or what you’d like the audience to take out of the material up front and then justify that perspective and state it again at the end. There were a couple of presentations that even after they were complete I had to ask – so what?

3)      Know your audience – some questions can be differed some cannot. Tailor the presentation to the audience’s needs, not the presenter’s. If you fail to communicate – everyone loses.


It is of no value to have the greatest ideas in the world and not get the buy-in of those you’ll need to make it happen.


I do wonder when/how we can apply some of the abundance of technology around us to addressing some of these common needs.

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