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Where High Tech Companies Should Start: Engage Like You Code (Part 3 of 3)

September 23, 2014, Alfredo Iglesias - Like my last Company , I see numerous High Tech businesses struggling to “solve” escalating churn, disengagement and lack of commitment. (Part 3 of 3)
Where High Tech Companies Should Start: Engage Like You Code (Part 3 of 3)

Sure lots has been written on Silicon Valley’s failed attempts like no poaching alliances, salary fixing, back-dating options, and the like. But I think the best approach is to evolve how we more nimbly engage with our talent like we’ve evolved how we more flexibly code our products.

Just like we’ve moved from:

-1970-80’s COBOL Development with very linear, top-down “spaghetti code” that was difficult to change and modify, to 1

-2000’s Object Oriented Programming, like Java and C++ for example, that introduced artifacts to foster modularity, reusability and productivity but mostly used sequential, slow waterfall methodologies, to

-Today’s group-centric, Agile Development with short, iterative “scrum” methodology.

In fact, I see Saba drinking its own champagne in this regard.  Not only is the business fast- tracking innovation at the development level with more collaborative idea sharing and iterative building that is resulting in record numbers of patents, that success has led to outside-the-box thinking across the Company.  This year, Saba’s services team launched a scrum based product implementation methodology .  Shortening the time to success is driving happier customers and more engaged talent.

How are you using Technology to engage and empower your technologists? I’d love to hear from you.

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