3 Capabilities the Software Industry Needs to Solve the Developer Talent Crunch

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The software development world is changing drastically, making more and more new technologies and tools readily available and allowing for faster release cycles. Those faster cycles have come about in response to online users’ demands for not only those features themselves but for their faster introduction.Related: How to Atract In-Demand Tech Developers in the Competitive European MarketAnd that in turn has required a whole new version of “the product team,” whereby enterprises can deliver on user demands without sacrificing great customer experience.The challenge facing those teams will be to establish new standards for the future of work where software development teams can balance technical skills with non-technical skills in order to build exceptional products that will excel in the market.How to do that? The introduction of three key characteristics will redefine what makes for a successful product team and in the process will attract, retain and develop the talent necessary to achieve that perfect “balance.” Those characteristics:The ability to incorporate social skills into building product teamsSofter power skills such as creative thinking, communication and teamwork tend to be more prevalent in liberal arts studies in the humanities and social sciences, and in the creative arts. Creating outlets to marry traditional science with the humanities by either attracting new types of talent altogether or expanding training will add a better rounded perspective for product design. A product team that’s diverse in this way will be able to challenge a particular application in the context of varied customer scenarios, serving as a catalyst for user advocacy.As an example, look to Microsoft Windows’ AI assistant, Cortana. Microsoft built its team with not just software engineers, but also poets, comedians, fiction writers and other types of expertise beyond the traditional skills developers offer. Behind the biggest companies, including Apple and Amazon, we find diverse fields of studies designed to drive a more humanized technology.The ability to increase emotional intelligence using “soft skills”The more emotional intelligence (EQ) that’s found in products, the more successful those products will be in terms of their adoption by global populations. One big reason for that success will tbe the steadfast avoidance of biased or ethnically insensitive decisions during product development.Related: The 5 Non-Technical Skills Any Great Developer Needs in Order to AdvanceFor example, following a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, family members searching for survivors received celebratory balloons and confetti in Facebook messages. The reason was that a Malay word, selamat, used in those messages means both “congratulations” and “survive.”Facebook’s automatic (and insensitive) displays of balloons and confetti, in that case, where user permission was absent, lacked emotional intelligence. But we can all learn from that episode: To leverage artificial intelligence and gather more data on users,  leading to greater insights about those users from that data, we will need to balance what’s been the traditional use of formulaic decisions … with softer people skills.“I think that the world is focused very heavily on hard skills like computer science, data science and artificial intelligence,” Anant Agarwal was quoted as saying in a Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute report on digital talent. Agarwal is founder and CEO of eDX, an open online education (MOOC) provider.“Let us be clear those skills are very important,” Aarwal said of hard skills. “However, the combination of hard skills and power skills, like communications, critical thinking and teamwork, is most vital. These skills are required in every job and are critical for professional success across all industries.”Software development teams are infamous for “hand-offs” between disparate teams that design, develop, test and deploy a product. But fostering co-creativity among teams will help foster a beneficial product for all stakeholders across the software development life cycle.For example, by having developers co-create feature requirements with designers and co-create tests with quality engineers, teams can ensure they are developing what the user actually wants. This practice is supported by modern approaches to development, like behavior-driven development.Today, we’re seeing more and more job descriptions for developers asking not only for test-driven experience but also behavior-driven design and development experience; and we’re seeing these job descriptions from major companies from GE Digital to Liberty Mutual Insurance.Incorporating approaches such as behavior-driven development can create a shared understanding on how an application fosters continuous learning and co-creation among all stakeholders.Related: Employers Are Paying Freelancers Big Bucks for These 25 In-Demand SkillsThe ability to incorporate user advocacy at every stage of software developmentThe future of work for software developers lies in the industry’s ability to embed diversity, emotional intelligence and co-creativity into product teams, in order to prioritize a user perspective. With user advocacy at the forefront, developers will be able to successfully enrich their technical expertise with people, social and communication skills to create powerful products and services that excel in the market. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read January 11, 2019last_img read more

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Seabourn unveils Premium Suites on new expedition ships

first_imgSeabourn unveils Premium Suites on new expedition ships Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 13, 2019 Share SEATTLE — Seabourn is offering a first glimpse at the premium suites on its two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022.The new suites offer luxury accommodation onboard Seabourn Venture and its soon-to-be-named sister and will be available along with other amenities available only to guest who book the Premium Suites category.“Each of these stylish suites offers a warm, welcoming environment and features thoughtful design touches that create subtle memories of the experience on their own,” says Richard Meadows, President of Seabourn. “After a full day of activity, perhaps off the ship with our expedition team taking in nature’s splendor, guest suites will be the perfect place to rest or relax before the evening’s insightful recap or the next big adventure.”Specific details on each of the Premium Suite categories revealed include:. Two-storey Grand Wintergarden Suite – This apartment-style suite stretches over two decks and is located midship. Great for entertaining, the lower level living area has a dining table for four, separate guest bath, and pantry with wet bar stocked with customized selection of spirits. The lower level also features a second bedroom and bathroom with separate tub and shower. Total space: 1,397 sq. ft. (130 sq. m.) including two verandas totaling 206 sq. ft. (19 sq. m.).More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns. Wintergarden Suite –  Includes the same features as the Grand Wintergarden without the additional bedroom and full bathroom on the lower level. Total space: 1,042 sq. ft. (97 sq. m) including veranda of 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m.).. Signature Suite – Each of these two available suites, located on Deck 8, feature a foyer entry opening to a living area with a high-definition TV, dining table for four, guest bath, and pantry with wet bar. The separate bedroom features a queen-sized bed, makeup vanity, closet space, and a glass door leading to a large curved veranda that includes its own canopied whirlpool spa tub, sun loungers, sofa and chairs. Total space: 1,382 sq. ft. (128 sq. m.) including veranda of 595 sq. ft. (55 sq. m.).. Owners Suite – Located on Deck 7 forward, this suite provides a comfortable living area with high-definition TV, writing desk and dining table for two. The separate bedroom with queen-sized bed has its own high-definition TV, a large window, makeup vanity, and a walk-in closet. The five-piece bathroom is designed with multiple doors that can create a half-bath, and also features a separate shower and bathtub. Total space: 1,027 sq. ft. (95 sq. m.) including veranda of 484 sq. ft. (45 sq. m.).More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAll Suites on Seabourn Venture and its sister ship also include amenities such as the services of a personal suite stewardess, walk-in closets, interactive entertainment and use of Swarovski binoculars.Seabourn says more details about public spaces and suites on the new expedition ships will continue to be revealed in the coming months. Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in mid-2019. Posted bylast_img read more

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