Bloomberg Economics estimates there is a 53% chance the United States will start a recession in the next 12 months.
Whatever your opinion is about the state of the US economy, there is a high degree of market uncertainty across the world right now.
“In times of uncertainty, employees crave clarity…. Once you understand a particular challenge and outline the options, you have to be confident in making bold and optimistic decisions.” …
Here, “low-code” refers to a movement within technology. Let’s start with a simple definition of low-code.
Simply put: A visual tool that replaces some level of writing code
As simple as that definition is, there is a lot of confusion around low-code and what the term means.
Because “low-code” can mean multiple things. Today, it is often used to describe one of the below:
For the past ten years I’ve led software development teams. Some of the biggest debates I’ve been a part of involved the frameworks, languages, processes, and platforms used to create, deliver, and manage software.
Why are frameworks, languages, processes, and platforms so important?
I’ve led software engineers for the last ten years. I have mentored or promoted around a dozen developers to team lead, management, and leadership roles.
In my experience, there are a few common pitfalls with new managers.
As with software development — in management there are frameworks, practices, even languages. Often new managers fail to dive into studying management the way they might learn a new framework or language.
You are effectively an apprentice manager. Even though you may be senior or experienced to others — your skills are the equivalent of a junior in your role.
The activities to learn your new role are also similar to a junior…
Last year I was sitting in front of a CMO asking him what his top priority was. His response, “More than anything I need to innovate.” He felt that the future of his company rested on his ability to create and execute a breakthrough idea.
Sustainable growth requires constant innovation — 80% of executives consider future success to be very dependent on innovation.
But at the same time, 95% of product innovations fail.
Use a framework to reduce the cost of failure, while validating success.
Recently, Tiffany Zhong posed a question to a few no-code maker leaders:
Marketers are powerhouses of the low-code movement. Scott Brinker, a VP at Hubspot and an expert in the Martech ecosystem, says:
It’s about giving non-technical marketers the tools and empowerment to build apps, analyze data sets, and route data between different cloud services on their own, without having to take a ticket and wait (and wait and wait) for an expert in IT — or even in marketing ops — to do the work for them.
No-code solutions are giving marketers a way to solve their own problems. …
The goal of this article is to help anyone better interview software developers.
I’ve spent the last nine years leading web application development teams. I have been a VP of Operations, Director of Software Development, Manager of DevOps, Project Manager, and Web Developer.
In 2014, I attended a Scrum Master Certification course run by Braintrust. I got into a hearty debate with the instructor around hiring practices. Brian Rabon, the instructor, argued personality and the ability to work well with a team are more valuable than technical skill. …
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” — Michael Jordan
What makes a team good? What makes that team perform over time?
In 2015, Google conducted a study to find out what made their top performing teams. They conducted more than 200 interviews with their employees.
Google was openly surprised by the results, as they said in their report.
“We were pretty confident that we’d find the perfect mix of individual traits and skills necessary for a stellar team — take one Rhodes Scholar, two extroverts, one engineer who rocks at AngularJS, and a PhD. Voila. Dream team assembled, right? …
Low-code is taking over large companies.
The market for low-code platforms was $4.3 billion in 2017. It is predicted to grow to more than $27 billion by 2022.
Large companies are moving to low-code to reduce cost and increase speed.
“By 2024, three-quarters of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives.” — Gartner
The simplest definition is a visual approach to software development.
Low-code platforms got their start in 2011, and are maturing fast.
But is low-code impacting the startup ecosystem the same way?
Short answer: no. …
“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”
— John Maxwell
My experience has taught me that nothing is more valuable in a leader or mentor than the skills needed to motivate, develop, and engage people.
I’ve spent the last ten years of my life building software.
Over the past decade I’ve held a lot of titles: Project Coordinator, Project Manager, Build Manager, Manager of DevOps, Director of Software Development, VP of Operations, and President. …