Transitions: Gifts & Talents to Software Mediation (part 2)

Transitions: Gifts & Talents to Software Mediation (part 2)

Today’s professional environment requires more than just your human gifts & talents; it takes smart augmentation with software. In this second of two episodes, David and Justin discuss the role of software mediation from the perspective of leadership. Here are the notes from today’s show:

  • How many pieces of software do you use every day? Justin used five software packages in a one hour meeting the other day.
  • Ryan Avent has put out a great new book entitled The Wealth of Humans which is actually looks  at the societal level changes in work in this digital revolution.
  • Even manufacturers are making the pivot to become software “startups”
  • Eight topics for leaders to consider:
    1. Technology is no longer confined to the IT department
    2. Budget implications
    3. Software transitions and “optimism bias” (check out the book Optimism Bias for more information on the topic)
    4. Training and education
    5. Integration
    6. Technology “scouting”
    7. Constraints from software
    8. Cultural implications (we reference “culture mapping in this segment; Dave Gray has a good map for this and you can find it here)
  • Indeed, we work within organisms today. Software can make it feel less organic and machine-like for people, but it represents the interconnectivity of all work being delivered. It will never replace the human culture that has a central role in many areas still, but our work will be software mediated in a vast majority of cases.

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