Inaccurate skills data is LESS helpful than having no data at all

Manager: HB, I need someone to do trend analysis on our Incident data now. Do we have anyone? HasBean: Looking at the data from the skills assessments I organised last month, I'd say Jane is the one. She has excellent analytics skills. Manager: Hi Jane, HasBean tells me you have the analytical skills I need for analysing the Incident data this week. Jane: I know I selected every...

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How not to conduct a performance review

How NOT to conduct a Performance Review: HasBean: Hi. Come on in. Take a seat. Employee: Thanks. It's been a while HB. How are things with you? HasBean: Really good thanks. I've just got back from a lovely break down the coast. How are you doing? Employee: Great thanks. Everything seems to be going well here, and I've some leave planned with my family next month. Employee: I guess we...

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is belief enoigh when it comes to digital skills

The mere belief you have sufficient digital skills may not be enough, you need the data to back it up. According to a 2018 survey “Only 16% of executives believe their teams have the capabilities to deliver their digital strategy” The survey reported that less than half (45 per cent) of executives are confident in their own digital skills and ability to lead their organization in the digital...

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Consultant: It's really important to explain to the staff why they are doing the assessment, and how the data will be used afterwards. HasBean: Nonsense, I'll just send an email telling them to complete it by Friday! Employee 1: So, I selected every skill at all levels, to make sure I'm not the next one out the door. You? Employee 2: I didn't select any skills, I've been...

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Skills development planning

HasBean: I can't believe it's been 12 months since our last development planning session. Thanks for being so punctual. Employee: To be honest, I'm pretty keen to get going after last year. You remember, there was no money left in the training budget. HasBean: It's the new financial year now, and there is still plenty in the training budget. So what do you have in mind? Employee: Great,...

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Data Scientist: Hey HasBean, I need to plan the development of my Data Scientist skills. What do I use to do that around here? HasBean: What's so special about your skills that you need a special development plan? Data Scientist: Our professional skills need to be developed, and supported with training and other development actions. HR Manager: Just ignore him Richard, we use SFIA. It covers all your...

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data is the new oil

CEO: Hey HasBean, I've just read that 'data is the new oil, fueling the digital economy'. HasBean: Yeah?!? I guess so. CEO: And that our digital and IT workers, and their specialist skills and competencies, are a key to this. HasBean: Specialist skills? HasBean: We've got generic competencies in our HR system. To be honest, 'generic' makes my life easier. CEO: Yes, but we really need to assess and develop...

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Service Desk Manager: Hi HB, I need another resource for the Service Desk. Digital Forensics Team Leader: And I'm looking for a Digital Forensics Specialist. HasBean: No problem! Create vacancy requests in the new HR system, choosing the required competency from the 8 listed in the system, and I'll do a candidate search. Service Desk Manager: [thinking out loud, while entering data in the system] Hmmm, this competency...

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HR Manager: Any idea why 3 of our top people left this week HasBean? HasBean: It’s normal, you win some, you lose some. HR Manager: Are we giving them enough opportunities to develop towards a future job? HasBean: Yeah, Junior PM, PM, Senior PM. You know, job family stuff. HR Manager: But what about those looking for different challenges? HasBean: Ah, like the 3 who just left. As I said,...

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