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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Skills for current roles will be different in 6 months time

Employee: So far you only seem interested in the skills I use for my current role. HasBean: Correct, we know what skills we require today, and have assessed you against those skills. Employee: Experts agree that skills for current roles will be different in 6 months time. So, what about skills from my previous roles and recent projects? They are still up to date. I'm just not...

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Ensure you have the skills you need first before starting the project

CEO: Exciting times ahead team. Development of the new product just got the Green light! Team member: Great! When do we start. CEO: As soo as you can tell me we have the skills needed. HasBean: That's strange, we normally just kick things off, and then work that out? CEO: Exactly, that's why the last 3 projects were over time and over budget!!! ...

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Don't mistake having tools for having competent skills to use them

HasBean: Hey boss, I've done the skills inventory you have been asking for. CEO: Excellent news, let's take a look. HasBean: For instance we can see here, John has ITIL, SQL, PowerBi. CEO: What! Well, that's like saying John has a hammer, saw and chisel. CEO: What we need to know, is how competent he is at cabinet making, joinery or odd-jobs using those tools. HasBean: Ahhh! Ooops!...

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Human Capital Management systems lack the functionality to effectively manage the skills of your Digital and ICT and Cybersecurity specialists!   You can't use a hammer for every job, so you're going to need more than one tool in your toolkit!   Many companies have been implementing Human Capital Management (HCM), Talent Management, or HR systems across their workforce. They do work well for covering several generic people management...

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Ensure the skill you need are described accurately

Team Leader (On phone - sarcastically): Hey HasBean, thanks for the short  list of candidates. I just wasted 17 hours of interviews. HasBean (Reply): Why so? you wanted software engineers and that's what I sent you. Team Leader (angrily): NO YOU DIDN'T. They were all programmers. HasBean: You are splitting hairs now. Team Leader (frustrated): Arrrrrrghhhhhh!...

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continual professional development

Business Professional: Have you considered joining the Professional Institute? HasBean: What are the benefits? Business Professional: Free skills assessment to baseline your skills, development planning to support your career development, mentoring, training, certification, conferences and other events. HasBean: Conferences you say! Does the events venue have a golf course? Business Professional: Yes I believe it does. And let me explain how we can support your continual professional development. HasBean: Nah,...

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