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Miami is Home to the Happiest CIOs

Miami is Home to the Happiest CIOs

Originally published in NetworkWorld, a recent survey of 2,500 U.S. CIOs in 25 metropolitan areas revealed that as a group, the tech leaders rated their overall job satisfaction at 8.5 in a 10-point scale. Respondents from 10 cities reported above-average happiness, with Miami hosting the most content IT chiefs.

SherlockTalent is the region’s leading technology talent firm and regularly assist top national and international talent with relocation to our peninsular paradise. If you are looking for exception IT Talent to lead or augment your team, please contact me. [email protected]

LeanAgile: Learn / Execute

LeanAgile: Learn / Execute

The South Florida Agile Association, Ultimate Software, and SherlockTalent partner to power up your team to new levels of productivity.

Learn LeanAgile from Internationally recognized thought leaders at the LeanAgile conference & workshops on Feb 27 & 28 at the Signature Grand.

As a friend of SFAA, we are happy to share with you a 20% discount off when you register:

www.LeanAgileUS.com – Discount code ULTISFAA

An unmatched who’s who of world-class speakers:

Visiting from Europe, we have globally renowned speakers: Klaus Leopold is an author and respected consultant in Kanban. Troy Magennis is a thought-leader in agile metrics and the emerging trend of probabilistic forecasting. Karl Scotland advises major enterprises on learning organizations in the process of transforming to ‘lean agility’.

Then we have US based thought leaders that are world renowned: Dan Vaccanti is an author and a thought-leader in lean metrics and probabilistic forecasting. More on metrics with the amazing Larry Maccherone, a data scientist and agile consultant who has helped many organizations understand a healthier view of agile measurement. Yuval Yeret, a prolific agile blogger, and consultant on SAFe and agile. Mark Kilby, an agile coach, and mentor that is advancing agile for distributed teams. Peter Borsella, who is our local CST and brings us the upcoming trend on Scrum for Hardware. And the list goes on.

Meet the Talent (the tip of the iceberg!)

Klaus Leopold
Klaus is a computer scientist and Kanban pioneer with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. He is the co-author of the book “Kanban Change Leadership” published by Wiley in 2015. Klaus is one of the first Lean Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Lean Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. His main interest is establishing lean enterprise agility by performing optimization beyond team level, especially in large environments from 30 to 500 people. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.leanability.com/en/category/blog-en/ and you can follow him on Twitter at @klausleopold.

Troy Magennis
Troy has been involved in many leading software organizations over 20 years. Most recently, Troy founded Focused Objective to build and promote forecasting and risk management tools for the software development industry. Troy has held executive positions for some of the most prominent corporations in financial (Commonwealth Bank, Equifax), travel (Travelocity.com and Lastminute.coom) and online commerce (Walmart) industries. He makes a lot of free tools and reference material available at Bit.Ly/SimResources and always loves to talk numbers by email at: [email protected]

Daniel Vacanti – CEO of Actionable Agile
Daniel Vacanti is a 20+ year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent more than 15 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work. He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded ActionableAgileTM (previously Corporate Kanban) which provides industry-leading predictive analytics tools and services to any organization that utilizes Lean-Agile practices. In 2015 he published his book “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability” that is the definitive guide to flow-based metrics and analytics. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

Larry Maccherone
Larry is an industry-recognized thought leader on agile, metrics, and visualization. He currently helps a number of companies in the areas of metrics, agile development, and cybersecurity including Comcast, AgileCraft, Agility Health, and Pendo.io. Previously, Larry led the insights product line at Rally Software which enabled better decisions with data, leveraged big data techniques to conduct ground-breaking research, and offered the first-ever agile performance benchmarking capability. Before Rally, Larry worked at Carnegie Mellon with the Software Engineering Institute for seven years conducting research on cybersecurity and software engineering metrics with a particular focus on reintroducing quantitative insight back into the agile communities.

Karl Scotland
Karl helps businesses become learning organisations. Over the last 15 years he has been an advocate of Lean and Agile approaches to achieve this, working with companies including the BBC, Yahoo!, EMC Consulting, Rally Software and Cisco. During this time he has been a pioneer of using Kanban Systems and Strategy Deployment for product development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, as well as being a regular conference speaker. He was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean Kanban North America conference.

Foreign Tech Workers Go Home?

Foreign Tech Workers Go Home?

Could Trump’s executive orders on government hiring and immigration ‘freeze’ out cybersecurity talent and other strategic hires?

It’s no secret that cybersecurity and other IT considerations within state and local government have come under attack in recent years and illustrated some pretty serious failures in the systems that we depend on daily.

While federal agencies can still hire personnel necessary for national security reasons, it’s unknown how many of the more than 1,000 cybersecurity jobs in Washington won’t be exempt from the freeze.

Add to this the ban on immigration and movement of green card holders – from what would seem to be randomly selected countries in the middle-east – and we might be seeing even more pressure on the tech hiring sector.

Read full story here

Closing the last mile

Closing the last mile

Innovation is a complicated, time consuming and very expensive business. In the 60’s and 70’s the US Government was spending about 2% of GDP on innovation – excluding defense – much of this on the Space Race. Since then the amount has dropped to around 0.7% of GDP.

However the private sector is spending in spades on autonomous cars, drone delivery, augmented reality, etc. But there is a problem.

In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google search on a single computer at Stanford University. By 2000, Google was serving 60 Million requests per day. Remarkable growth. But many of today’s innovations are suffering from Last Mile Syndrome. Google is working on many cool and innovative technologies but is having tremendous difficulties covering the last mile to the consumer.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Free Basics which is designed to provide people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable, is having some reasonable success. This appears more the result of negotiation with carriers than overcoming a technological or innovative obstacle.

SherlockTalent is similarly adopting technology, innovation and partnerships to help our customers cross the last mile and close the Talent gap. If you would like to learn more about our innovative approach, please feel free to reach out to me. [email protected]


25,000 Mile Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor

25,000 Mile Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor

Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama seized on electric vehicles as a tool for rebuilding American’s crumbling auto industry and curing an ailing planet. He has now spent two terms promoting the technology, investing in R&D, and providing rebates to push automakers and consumers closer to the age of electricity.

With just a few months before a new regime sweeps in, Obama’s Department of Transportation announced one of its final moves in that eight-year effort. It is funding a network of “electric vehicle charging corridors”—25,000 miles and 35 states of highway where EV drivers will reliably find places to plug in, every 50 miles or fewer.

If you’d like to learn more about EVs, then please register for ITP16 where you’ll be able to experience first-hand from Tesla’s team of knowledgeable assistants.

You’ll also be able to tack a crack at winning a Tesla – but you have to register and you have to be there.

Obama Caps Off His EV Legacy by Electrifying American Highways