Summer is upon us, and with the warm season comes summer vacations and “lazy, hazy” days. If only tech teams had such luxuries. Projects don’t stop just because the mercury rises, and now is the time to get ahead of challenges that plague many IT teams, so you are prepared to meet your goals.
When it comes to tech projects, time is quite literally, money. According to data from the Project Management Institute, U.S. companies waste nearly $97 million for every $1 billion invested. The culprit? Poor project performance.
If your projects bleed money, now is the time to focus on efficiency. Anticipating and preparing for inevitable and unexpected challenges can give you a true competitive edge over other companies that still struggle to hit their marks. Systems must be put in place today to ensure deadlines are met tomorrow.
Another challenge companies will continue to struggle with will be customer experience. This is also an area that can give your business a true competitive advantage when mastered. As you plan to improve experience, it will be critical to remember that your “customers” aren’t just those who pay for your products and services, it is also your internal “customers” that matter. If employees struggle with systems and getting the help they need when they need it, they cannot perform their jobs well. Creating a positive experience for all end-users will have a lasting impact on the company’s ability to meet and exceed goals.
Critical Thinking Skills
IT leaders continue to name “lack of critical thinking skills” as a challenge for their teams. You can have every resource available, but if your team lacks the ability to see the big picture and solve problems efficiently, creatively and effectively, you’ll lag behind.
It’s not just important to build teams of people who have the right technical skills, you must find forward-thinking people who can look beyond their task list to see how their work will impact the entire project and the entire organization.
Recruiting Tech Talent
Recruiting and hiring are intrinsic to all aforementioned challenges. Access to people who have high-level skills and abilities and are culturally aligned with the mission and vision of your company will impact your ability to rise above challenges like efficiency, customer experience and critical thinking. However, the market continues to remain tight for tech talent, and competition for the best and brightest is fierce.
If you are looking to overcome your project challenges and access top talent, the recruiting experts at Talon can help you achieve your goals. We will work closely with you to develop and implement strategic hiring processes that will give you access to the right people at the right time. Contact us today to get started.