MIT technology review

MIT technology reviewThe MIT technology review site brings you a current reading of  technology developments, changes and possibilities in our world. Technology is not going to go away. It looks at AI and its impact. It considers how intuitive technology will be able to respond to your moods and emotions. It looks at security issues, opportunities in the technological world and the way technology is reframing how we can learn and interact with each other. It is a site well worth book marking.

“According to a World Economic report, 35 percent of core workplace skills will change between 2015 and 2020, with complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in high demand.”

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soft skills

Soft skills are as equally important in 2017 as specific IT and business skills . In a nutshell it comes down to communication , analytics and security. The DevOps approach where it is so important to acknowledge the key stakeholders who are involved with you and how they use your device or site. I came across this article via Better Cloud about the 7 hot IT career trends which articulates the current situation well and gives links out to further information should you need or want it. As the article says:

 

“Technology becomes more meaningful when it’s put to work to address human needs, solve problems and help achieve goals,” Kimmel says. “Maintaining this human element in the enterprise will be much easier if the IT teams deploying big data, machine learning and IoT (internet of things) solutions have strong leadership and people skills, in addition to technical ones.”

Communication of ideas and good interpretation of data are key competencies in 2017. Blogging has become a natural part of that and an important skill to have:

“Use good blogging and communication skills to communicate on a one-to-many basis with your contacts,” Stanger says. “Don’t simply self-promote. Stream valuable, curated content and thoughts to people in your network. You’ll find that what interests you will generally interest them.”

Digital Service Standard

Digital Service StandardThe  Federal Government has a Digital Service Standard for government agencies and sites. Presumably that includes government schools. It is a thirteen point plan, unlucky for some perhaps, which ensures government sites have a consistency of approach with regard to user experience. This Dev Ops approach is to be welcomed because Dev Ops is the thing these days where you marry development with user experience. Basically, it will always come back to site design.

 

Can the user  find what they are looking for?

Can they use the site efficiently?

Is the user able to interact easily with the site?

Is the site making sense to the user?

Is the user doing what the site developers were expecting?

Government services have a dashboard where they report against key performance standards:

  • User satisfaction
  • Cost per transaction
  • Digital take-up
  • Completion rate

On the performance dashboard page there is a link to the limitations of this kind of approach. How users interact with a site is not just about the key performance standards. Cost might not just be financial. There might be an emotional cost in terms of anger and frustration or giving up when using a site.

The Digital Tranformation Agency is currently looking for feedback from workers who have used the digital standard :

“All services which were designed or redesigned after 6 May 2016 fall within the scope of the standard and must be assessed against it. You can check the changes between the Live and Beta Standard.”

The DTA focuses on improving and progressing government digital uptake and expertise:

  • user-centred research and design
  • agile delivery methodologies
  • technology design and build
  • systems architecture
  • sophisticated procurement approaches.

They are user focused and can be found on all the common social media platforms if you want to find out more about yhem.

Technology thanks

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I had some big outages away from technology earier this year because we were changing the copperwire service over to nbn. Since I have been on the nbn my phone and internet service have been uninterrupted and so I have been able to get on with my life where technology plays a significant role. I am grateful for that. There is a lot to be thankful for.

  1. I am working with a group of people who can use phones and tablets but who haven’t been able to make the best use of technology to allow their skills, talents and competencies to be shared and showcased. Since we have done that they can see the world really does value them and what they do . It has inspired and encouraged them and that is what blogging and social media can do for people. They can connect , share, get feedback and grow themselves in a really good way.
  2. I learn a lot from the internet. I can find out anything I want whenever I want. I can do online courses, belong to online groups , share my own knowledge and views online and learn from others. It is a growth mindset which gets encouraged through lifelong learning and collaboration.
  3. I have been pleased to work with various and varied organisations to help resolve online issues, app development and improvement and have valid client input which improves how we go about things online.
  4. I’d be lost without Google maps. I have used that a lot to navigate myself around a city which is in a constant state of flux because of infrastructure changes .
  5. Technology allows me to connect with anyone anywhere and to grow and develop positive relationships even if I can’t see them personally or see them very often. It safeguards those relationships so they still have a positive input into life and living.

I use technology to grow my ideas, reflect, find things out, improve my skills. It has a key growth function in my life. shawnblanc has written a post about why he thinks it’s worth being thankful to technologyGaeltek has also written a thankfulness post.  Mashable has also written a well thought out thankfulness post. Yes, we are thankful.

Email help

email helpThey are still plaguing us. That inbox full of inevitable emails. The ones we have to have, the ones we think we need to have, the ones we want and then the spam which gets by the filters. BetterCloud sent an email this morning with a link to a site with a pdf which had 100 tips for dealing with emails. How to manage group emails, spam, security, influx of emails. So many ideas which will help regulate the inbox swamping. One suggestion is to turn email notifications off because it can impact your wellbeing and equilibrium and then just use up time and energy. Worth considering if you have a number of emails which can be disruptive to you and your life. I find the notifications on my phone helpful because I can sort my emails then and there and some only require a quick reply or I can respond quickly to say when I’ll deal with it. One of the difficulties of emails sometimes is that you need to know your email arrived and was heard. It’s a big ask. We have got ourselves into a bit of an email knot so these 100 tips might help streamline things…

100 email tricks

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