Today’s National Post had an article titled “Lost in translation”, page FP8 by Jameson Berkow on how organizations in Canada are dealing with accessing needed skilled IT people:
“Finding skilled IT people for emerging technologies can be challenging and companies should be prepared to look at creative approaches to filling the gap.” (quoted statement by Bob Wylie, vice-president of Datacentre, Workplace and Enterprise Services at IBM)
What these creative approaches are was left unexplained.
So, what are some of the creative approaches that we could contemplate?
There are some standard conceptual level solutions available for us to consider. These would include:
- Make the current supply go further. How might we achieve this?
- Make the need for this talent less. How might we achieve this?
- Make the supply for this talent immediately larger. How might we achieve this?
Framing the issue into standard conceptual level solutions makes it easier for us to think up ideas that may help us find a citable and practical solution.
The reader will note that the three conceptual solution ideas represent a system view perspective: idea 1. looks at the “blackbox” in the system; idea 2. looks at the system output aspect; and idea 3. looks at the input aspect.
Another approach is to look at what we want from an ideal final outcome perspective:
- issue disappears completely by elimination
- total efficiency in meeting all needs
- needs are automatically met without effort
This last approach looks at resolving our need through applying one of a handful of arch-typical ideal outcomes to the issue and identifying specific ideas on how we can achieve this result.