February 2018


Scrum Master Certification with Implement Consulting Group

Join BUILD and Implement Consulting Group for this 6-week preparation course for the Scrum Master certification.

Due to the cutting-edge nature of the material we will only accept students who will be entering the job market this year, preferably masters students and recent graduates, but the opportunity for exception does exist.

This certification will be an advantage on any CV or job application, so please share this opportunity with others who could also be interested.

About the Instructor

Bernt Römer is an experienced manager within the IT domain and has recently been in charge of a four year agile transformation journey in a Danish financial company and has dealt with many aspects of ensuring successful agile development. During a number of years he has managed the daily work of a number of product owners and scrum masters and he is a certified scrum master and product owner through scrum.org as well as certified agile scaled framework consultant (SAFe ver 4.5).

Bernt holds a cand.merc as well as a SECA diploma from CBS Executive and is a certified coach

This course, valued at 20.000DKK but offered free of charge through BUILD, has been developed specifically with you in mind as current students and working professionals.

Contact us for more information about participating.

Discussion and Hands-on Workshop: Strategic Execution & Value Creation in Project Delivery

This is event is open to all interested participants so please spread the word. Register here today.

BuILD is delighted to announce that Alexandra Chapman, Co-founder and COO of Totally Optimized Projects,  has agreed to do a Discussion & Workshop on “How to execute strategy and get the value” while visiting Copenhagen from her home base in Australia.

What: 90-minute Discussion & Workshop: How to Execute Strategy and Get Value
When: Thursday March 8th at 13.00
Where: IT University of Copenhagen, Auditorium 4
Who: Alexandra Chapman, Co-Founder and COO, Totally Optimized Projects

When project success is measured by ‘on budget and on schedule’, the most important purpose of a project gets lost: delivering the benefits and value the project intends to.

Alexandra Chapman has been recognized by Cranfield University in 2017 as one of their top 50 alumni globally. She holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, writes highly regarded articles for CEO Magazine and is COO for Totally Optimized Projects.  Over the past 30 years, Alex has dedicated her professional career to developing TOP’s tools, techniques processes. These teach organisations how to execute strategy through projects and deliver the value that organizations want.

Alex will discuss how the TOP Value Equation™ enables business value as the key measurement of project success, covering:

  • Delivering “value” in your projects – what do we mean by this?
  • The power of defining project outcomes in business terms – your desired business outcomes
  • How defining a business initiative – a project – in business terms aligns an organization from the C-Level executives to portfolio managers and to the project team
  • How linking benefits to business outcomes enables transparent benefit tracking during the project lifecycle – why wait until the project is over to account for benefits
  • How to identify the change activities required and tie them to project deliverables
  • Using financial models to track financial benefits.

During the session, participants will get hands on experience in the TOP accelerated process used to define Business Outcomes process, which is the cornerstone of the TOP Value Equation.

The Future of Change by Contest Winner Lily Li

BUILD IS THRILLED TO PUBLISH THIS ENTRY ON THE FUTURE OF CHANE WRITTEN BY LILY LI

Our job market is changing. With the automation of manual tasks, office and administrative occupations are in jeopardy. On the other hand, there is a rise in caring jobs, such as health care workers. But will this trend continue?

Challenges have already appeared. A branch of computer science called Deep Learning analyzes complex forms of data, and can be used instead of doctors to diagnose patients.

Google’s AI program that detects diabetic eye disease is just one example of artificial intelligence used in health care. Similarly, robotic surgeons can be used in hospitals for more accurate surgeries and safer procedures. Lastly, some daily tasks of nurses could also be replaced by nurse robots, such as the domestic nurse robot Mabu from Catalia Health.

This is a change that cannot be prevented, as it is much more cost efficient to use robots for these tasks than to hire humans. Instead there should be less focus on the jobs that will be transferred to technology, and more focus on the rise of new jobs as a consequence of this.

Human nurses will remain a necessity as patients need not just the physical help they can get from robots, but also the mental help and bedside manner that demands humans. In addition, all the new health care technology requires the knowledge from doctors for development and maintenance.

Research will also receive a bigger boost than ever, as doctors leave diagnosis tasks to the robots to focus on finding new cures for diseases.

By embracing this change, the development of technology will lead to cheaper healthcare that is available for everyone connected to the internet, without the mess of waiting lists. People will be more active in checking their health. With this availability, diagnoses will no longer be limited to the knowledge of the doctor, but instead all the data collected through time on health.

Furthermore, there will be more active research on cures for current diseases. However, issues will also appear as health care is connected to the world wide web.

Privacy issues, cyber-attacks and faulty data handling will be important factors to keep in mind. To deal with this change, there has to be an even bigger focus on cyber security than we currently have.

All in all, these are factors we should consider today, as we are supplementing  our work with new and better technology. With the loss of jobs in one area of health care, there will be a growth of jobs in another. The most important task at this point is for humans to embrace and develop along with the new technology in order to meet the future of change.

The Future of Leadership by Contest Winner Stilyan Paleykov

BuILD is thrilled to publish this entry on the future of leadership written by Stilyan Paleykov.

We, as a society, are in a process of constant evolution. No matter the pace of this process or its scale, it is present and driven by us.
 
But how is leadership connected with that process? Is it the same as management and is it evolving? Can we tell how is leadership going to change in the future? This article will answer these questions.
 
Every single company is driven by an idea, mission, a specific goal. And at the core of the most successful companies, there is one good leader that defines this mission. However, defining the mission is just one of the tasks. The leader is not just a manager.
 
Managers are usually the people that try to reduce costs and increase productivity and revenue, optimizing the capital turnover. There are different styles of management with their specific advantages and disadvantages.
 
Paul Polman, a renowned businessman gives a good example of the essence of leadership: “Leadership is not just about giving energy… it’s unleashing other people’s energy”. Successful leadership is not focused upon purely economic gains. Instead, it is focused towards inspiring and motivating others to create.
 
In a real-life business environment that would mean to stimulate the employees to experiment, give them a field to develop their ideas and inspire them, while at the same time – assist them to keep learning. This approach is definitely more democratic and modern, but it has been proven over the years that successful companies truly care for their staff and their customers.
 
Another key part of the future of leadership is the ability to understand both the capabilities of the competitors and customers’ capabilities and needs. Tesla and IBM are two accurate examples for this article, as they are both successful companies with good leaders. In fact, there is a huge difference between them in two key ways:
  1. When they were founded;
  2. What do they offer.
IBM has managed to stay on the market since 1911, while Tesla is fairly new – founded in 2003. IBM has changed several industries of operation, now focusing on cognitive computing with their platform IBM Watson. Tesla is famous for its electric automobiles and solar panels.
 
IBM has proven its ability for market adaptation – a crucial factor for handling competitors. Being on the market for over 100 years and offering different, unique products requires not one, but several good leaders.
 
Tesla, on the other hand, is a fairly new company, run by Elon Musk. Although he is an inseparable part of the research and development processes, he also manages to maintain his public appearance in the media and inspire others, proving that environment-friendly products benefit not only humanity, but economic growth as well.
 
Although it is impossible to predict how leadership is going to change, we are currently living in a modern, futuristic civilization, driven by tendencies of motivation, inspiration, understanding and adaptation – the key factors of success and evolution.