The importance of investing in technologists’ culture first cannot be overstated. Tech leaders must plan and build support for technologists any time an organization plans a new investment, such as a new goal or project. To ensure the completion of a new goal or task, talent strategies– such as people-first decisions– need to be scoped first to drive success with the new goal.
However, investing in the right talent strategies is a paradigm shift from consuming to creating. What we mean by this is, investing in the right talent strategies means organizations can no longer afford to participate in traditional talent strategies by being a consumer of talent; they must redefine tradition by being a creator of talent.
And we start redefining traditional investments in talent strategies by examining and then investing in the talent pipeline and onboarding environments.
Let’s take modern software development, for example.
Moving from idea to production requires wholescale changes to the way organizations think of and invest in technologists. It also means modern software development requires both a tech and a culture transformation. Optimal workflows don’t translate to high-quality, reliable software without the right skills. And without the proper workflows, skills don’t translate to fast, on-time delivery.
Ergo, moving from idea to production requires wholescale changes to the way organizations think of and invest in technologists’ culture.
So, how can organizations change the way they think about and invest in technologists’ culture?
A great place to start is examining people-supported processes such as talent pipeline and onboarding initiatives.