CV format, what is the right one?

The preference about the format, and the content of the CV is something that depends on the person reading it. Each recruiter has its preferences. Recruiters receive tonnes of CVs and they discard them quickly. This becomes more complex when you learn that some recruiters do not like CVs.

A realistic scenario could be:

  1. Received CVs = 120.
  2. Required CVs to make call = 7- 5.
  3. Final list to be sent to business unit requester = 3.

So, what is the right way to capt their attention?

One way is to study their profile on LinkedIn.

In the same way than the single more important talent in selling is to understand the buying process; at the moment of finding a job, the more important talent is to understand the recruitment process.

Average lifespan of S&P companies

Some areas of economy are more predictable than expected. Look at this graphic:

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The average life of the companies is decreasing. I guess that if we filter this data by IT companies the trend is more aggressive.

I think about how the IT market is evolving, the impact of massive growth of small companies that are being able to cover market needs, creating new markets and absorbing a piece of the pie of the blue chips IT budgets.

Last week when I was attending start-up events, people were talking about a product average life of 18 months (for a hardware product), on the software products the life is even less. How can big IT corporations being able to accelerate their speed of product evolution?

Words as “outsourcing” are legacy terms, but there are still so many companies delivering using that model. There were a generation of people who lost their jobs during the 1998-2005. There is right now a new wave of people suffering the same issue.

This trend does not only applies to IT, other industries are affected by the same trend. In the continue creative destruction process, there is continuous transformation.

SAP from Unix to Linux

Reduce TCO again as reason to perform actions on a system. This is the reason to move from Unix to Linux.

I learned about the project approach, and it’s already industrialized:

  1. Deliver the profile parameters of SAP environment.
  2. Export data using the export SAP standard R3Load.
  3. Request the software SAP (same version as original one).
  4. Creation of a new SAP environment on Linux.
  5. Import data using the standard SAP R3Load.
  6. UAT: check that the information on the source environment is the same to the target environment.
  7. Go-live.

You only need to look at the SUSE’s slogan: “The Leading platform for SAP Solutions on Linux”

They promise:

  • 70% reduction in TCO.
  • 99,99% mission critical availability.
  • 60% performance improvement.

Walterfall Vs Agile

And vice verse, because in some software areas Agile is becoming the primary methodology to build applications and pieces of software, because the cycle of delivery of versions is shorter and shorter and short cycles of delivery is what the market is demanding.

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They are different things itself, so we can do thousand of lists about what is good about one and better than the other. To me both are required and to know them well is a necessary skill all people related to the industry should have. This is being key in terms of maturity of the organizations and their capacity to deliver within the standards. Some years ago a software developer was required to understand all patterns, now they also have to be skilled on Scrum, agile….

For IT Start-ups agile is in their DNA, after a week attending events organized for start-ups, they do not pay any attention to agile, they assume is the way to execute, it’s assumed as a basic things as the breath.

NYC meet-ups

This week in NYC I had the opportunity to attend different meet-ups. Two of them were related to hardware, the other was related to lean management.

I’m not an expert in hardware, but these two were the ones with better speakers and the quality of the speech was amazing. One of them was NY Hardware Start-up, the other NYC hardwired.

One of them published a useful presentation, that is not only useful for hardware projects, they are useful for any type of start-up.

Some notes I took:

  • The life-cycle of a product is around 18 months.
  • Never go to a round with a Venture Capital to offer more than 25% (in a couple of rounds you will be out).
  • The hardest part of the prototype phase is to say “no” to features.
  • First days are essential in KickStarter.
  • Market attraction, you cannot stop working on it.
  • Market validation, you cannot stop receiving real feedback.
  • As CEO you have to give return.
  • In one session the perfect number of team members for a start-up was 3, on the other one 8. :-)
  • www.mcmaster.com is the most useful source of jigs & tools for hardware entrepreneurs.
  • The minimum # units to manufacture in China is 5000.
  • When you will be looking to reduce the price of the components, concentrate on the 3 main components, no more (pareto principle).
  • The packaging box will cost more than you think, take this into account during budgeting process.

1$ & 5 minutes technique

“I need 1 dollar and 5 minutes of your time, please if you want to support me let me know”

This is the sign I posted on Facebook to try to attract people to this Kickstarter campaign I’m supporting.

Once people let a comment on the entry I was sending an individual e-mail explaining the reason I needed the dollar and the five minutes.

The result?…. well, it works!!

A mobile Application for avoiding orthographic errors

Orthographic errors are more and more usual. I see them everywhere, specially in social places (Facebook, twitter, Whats-app…). If you add that the person is using the mobile phone, then, the orthographic fault is certainly common.

Turn actions into games is a proven tactic to promote habits. So I imagine an application installed your mobile, with the following behavior:

  • You can activate on certain applications of your son, for instance whats-app.
  • There is an enable / disable code to avoid this is disabled by the kid.
  • If the user writes in the right way, the application gives bonuses to the behavior: reward in terms of time (10 seconds).
  • If the user writes with faults, there is a penalty to the user.
  • Once the user commits 5 faults, the application (in this example: Whats-app) is blocked for 5 minutes, minus the bonuses you accumulated (for instance 5 minutes – 2 bonuses of 10 seconds = 4 minutes and 40 seconds).
  • To reinforce knowledge, during the penalty time, the user can play to a simple quiz, that gives rewards of 3 seconds.
  • After the blockage, you can continue using the application.

Probably this application or a similar one exist!!!!

I do not recommend SharePoint

I’m sorry Mr Microsoft but I cannot recommend SharePoint.

I have been seeing during the last 3 years major companies investing millions of dollars on SharePoint farms, SharePoint migration projects, tonnes of effort to go… where?

…Nowhere…

They have the best sales people I have seen, using the nice story that SharePoint is the natural replacement of Lotus Notes environment, increasing productivity of the individual, departments,….

Implementations with tonnes of CPUs and MBs (because you cannot run SharePoint on a simple environment). No, you cannot. You need a farm bigger than the farm-ville of a retired guy.

 

Shark tank for project management

Five successful business people in the same room with a video camera, entrepreneurs with their projects come in and face the challenge to convince with its project and get a deal with some of them.chat-with-shark

Exposure, this is the first thought that came to my mind the first time I watched this show. You take your personal project and your credibility and you put there in front of these guys who play to try dismantle your small sand castle.

This is not enough, in the country of the merchandising combined with the new era media consumption, tonnes of content is being created, ways to meet a “shark”, etc. Everything to capitalize the value of their core business.There are a lot of intelligence behind the business tips and directions proposed by these guys, offered for free on the TV, Podcasts, videos….

My imagination takes me to the immediate idea: why do not to do a similar show with project management?. I now “sequels were never good”.

Anyway, imagine five successful project managers evaluating a set of projects every… two weeks?, reviewing major advances, issues, decisions, metrics (behind the schedule, EAC…), challenging to the PM to make decisions and evaluating as a Delivery Assurance on TV.

We just need a name for the TV show :-)