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Tech debt is unavoidable but not always bad. If IT practitioners can measure and manage this debt, they can make a game-changing difference to their organization’s competitive sustainability.

by Rob Patenge, Consultant

Digitalization continues to accelerate globally. Agility across the full technology estate is increasingly becoming a core driver of differentiation for business. But as companies modernize IT, a hidden peril is emerging that threatens to undermine their efforts: technical debt.

The costs of upgrading legacy systems or integrating new ones can quickly become a burden on an organization’s finances and employee resources. If left to grow unchecked, this burden…


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Sixteen McKinsey leaders are on the slate for potential speaking slots at SXSW 2021. Want to help get their ideas onto the agenda? Check out the proposals below, then click through to up-vote your favorites before voting ends on Friday, November 20:

Women step up: Succeeding in a male dominated world | Gayatri Shenai

To move the needle on gender diversity, women need to adopt a different mindset — one that chips away at the limitations a male-dominated status quo imposes. In this session, a panel of seasoned female CXOs will tell you how they did just that. …


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Once again, we’re headed to Austin this March for SXSW Interactive. Join McKinsey speakers as we cover hot topics like AI and the future of work for women — and share tips on charting your own course and supporting female founders. Here’s where to find us:

Speaking sessions

Knock Down Roadblocks and Chart Your Own Course
Gayatri Shenai
Friday, March 13, from 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G, Floor 6, 500 E 4th St.

Female Founders: Why and how we can support their growth Belkis Vasquez-McCall Saturday, March 14, from 10:30–11:30 AM Female Quotient Lounge, Palm Door on…


Taking the leap can be risky. But for these companies, not leaping was riskier

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by Florian Wunderlich, Senior Partner

In my work helping companies with their digital transformations, I’ve noticed that organizations tend to fall into two categories: the disrupted (or soon-to-be disrupted) and the disruptor. I have found that the moment of truth, when incumbent companies are moved to make significant change, often occurs when they see disruption bearing down upon them. It’s their last chance to shift from being disrupted to being the disruptors.

In my recent book Fast Times: How Digital Winners Set Direction, Learn, and Adapt, written with my colleagues Arun Arora, Peter Dahlstrom and Klemens Hjartar, we noted several…


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by Indy Saha, Associate Partner, McKinsey Digital

Underpinning most successful start-ups is an idea as to how a problem or a need can be addressed in a way that turns an existing business model, process, product or service on its head.

Sometimes, the insights that underpin these ideas are most apparent to those outside a particular company or sector (and it can make for a great story too). …


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Eight McKinsey leaders are on the slate for potential speaking slots at SXSW 2020. Want to help get their ideas onto the agenda for Austin? Check out the proposals below, then click through to up-vote your favorites before voting ends on August 23:

Designing a world for humans and data to co-exist | Tim Daines and Rakhi Rajani

As the intersection of people and data becomes the core of most business questions when pursuing AI, designers face a key challenge — how does creative problem solving and design techniques help people fall in love with data? Whilst the first instinct…


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By Klemens Hjartar, Senior Partner

In May, 124,000 CEOs, startup founders, and technology innovators and influencers descended on Paris for the fourth annual Viva Technology (called Viva Tech for short), the largest tech event of its kind. This year, keynote speakers included French President Emmanuel Macron, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma — who advised founders to have a laser focus on their team and customers, not investors. …


McKinsey Recruiting meets SXSW attendees, from Austin and beyond

By Peri Kadaster, Director of Marketing & Communications, McKinsey Digital Labs

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In December, when the New York Times broke the news about Apple’s newest planned campus in Austin, Texas, it seemed that hype about the state capitol (and Matthew McConaughey’s hometown) had reached a fever pitch. As noted in that article, Austin already has more than 138,000 tech jobs in the area — making up almost 15% of jobs but about 35% of the total economy from a revenue perspective — so this was more than a bubble. …


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By Peri Kadaster, Director of Marketing & Communications, McKinsey Digital Labs

SXSW is one of our favorite times of year. The conferences — all of them (Music, Interactive, and Film) — are always incredible, eschewing massive amphitheater style conferences for one, where the city of Austin is as much at the forefront as any speaker who takes the stage.

Every year since we added our Austin studio, the McKinsey team at SXSW has been growing, and this year, we have more going on than ever.

We’ve got half a dozen speakers who will be gracing the stage on topics ranging…


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Six McKinsey leaders are on the slate for potential speaking slots at SXSW 2019. Want to help get their ideas onto the agenda for Austin? Check out the proposals below, then click through to up-vote your favorites before the first round of voting ends on August 30:

The Business Value of Design: A New Global Study| Ben Sheppard

We all know examples of bad design. While leaders naturally want their company’s products and services to be on the “good design” list, consistently delivering this goal is increasingly difficult. Furthermore, without definitive metrics linking design to business outcomes, the craft has…

McKinsey Digital

Creating value by reinventing the core, together. http://www.digitalmckinsey.com

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