Month: June 2019

I need an elephant!

Why we need a common language for skills   Many years ago, when I was running an office supplies company, we had a customer come into the shop saying “I need an elephant!”. The initial response to the blank looks of the staff resulted in the customer saying with more urgency “you know, an ELEPHANT!”. …

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The required skills to deliver Digital Transformation?

92% of companies are taking on a form of digital transformation   A recent study published by TechTarget on the “UK & Ireland 2019 IT Priorities” highlighted that 92% of companies are taking on a form of digital transformation. 2019_IT_Priorities_UKI_Infographic   Does your company have the required skills to deliver Digital Transformation?   As reported …

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HasBean – A day in the life #20

HasBean: “I’ve done a test and therefore have objective proof of my project skills.” SFIA Consultant: “Well, it demonstrates you know the theory. We need to assess your skills and experience in a real working environment.” HasBean: “But an objective view of my skills is better than a subjective, right?” SFIA Consultant: “Exactly, which is …

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Objective vs Subjective

When trying to compare tools or approaches to assessments, interviews etc., sometimes the question comes up about the difference and benefits of ‘objective’ vs ‘subjective’. Unfortunately some of the responses and content on this subject are quite misleading, and often the wrong questions are asked.     Definitions   First, let’s start with understanding the …

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Service Management World 2019 Pre-Conference Workshop

SkillsTX President, Matthew Burrows, has been invited to run a one-day pre-conference workshop at the Service Management World event in Orlando, Florida on November 11, 2019.   Title: Digital Skills Management: Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)   Date and Time: November 11, 2019, 9:00am to 3:45pm   Abstract: People, their skills and experience, …

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HasBean – A day in the life #18

HasBean: “OK, so the agency has you down as a Network Analyst!” Candidate: “Yes, I am an expert in network analysis for catering supply chains.” HasBean: “So you know nothing about data, text, voice and image networks then?” Candidate: “Nope, I would be happy to streamline your cafeteria though.” HasBean: “That’s my 10th wasted interview …

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