Change Is Good—Introduction

Change Is Good is a blog series in which Roger Kastner highlights the simplicity in the art of Organizational Change Management and strives to encourage readers to maximize Pareto’s Law when navigating through the complexity of human behavior.

A is for Ask | B is for Behavior

Slalom Consulting Roger Kastner

A Consultant Manager with Slalom Consulting, Roger works with clients and other consultants in the delivery of Organizational Effectiveness and Project Leadership services and helps practitioners achieve greater success than previously possible.

Change is good. It’s as simple as that.

I once heard a colleague say, “if change wasn’t good, we’d still be living in caves.” Makes sense, right?

Yet another common saying we’ve all heard is “change is hard.” And while there may be a lot of reasons for that, one major reason is that our brain is wired to resist change.

A recent study showed that our brains make three calculations in under a second whenever we are introduced to a new stimulus. Those three calculations are:

  1. Can it kill me?
  2. Can I procreate with it?
  3. Can I recognize it?

I’m no neuroscientist, but I’d imagine “Can I eat it?” has got to be the fourth question. Read more of this post

Building Talent at Slalom

“To be the champion of your customer, you must first be the champion of your own people.”
—Sr. Richard Branson

Talent: The Starting Gate

There are many talent challenges facing organizations today, like retention, engagement, and knowledge transfer. A strong company culture helps Slalom Consulting navigate many of these challenges; our consultants are experienced, passionate people and our employee value proposition enables us to attract and retain the best consultants in the industry. But like many growing companies, we want to ensure that we’re investing in our talent, developing leaders for the future, and keeping our skills on the cutting edge.

Slalom Consulting—Nicola Russell

Nicola Russell is the Director of Slalom’s Talent Management group, which exists to develop and grow Slalom employees via innovative learning, career, and leadership development solutions. She is based in Seattle.

Our company’s success rests on our consultants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities, and our leaders believe strongly that our people are our greatest asset. Nurturing that talent is the driving purpose of Slalom’s talent strategy; in all we do, we strive to enable our consultants to grow professionally and provide ever greater value and service to our clients. To that end, Slalom recently formed a Talent Management team to focus on employee development, including talent selection, learning, career development, leadership, and performance management.

We’re building many of our programs and initiatives from the ground up, and in this blog series we’ll share the lessons we’re learning along the way about the importance of managing and growing talent- the last great competitive frontier. Read more of this post

Building Windows Azure Projects with Team Foundation Service

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

In the fall of 2011, Microsoft announced a preview of the Team Foundation Service, a cloud-based version of Team Foundation Server (TFS) powered by the Windows Azure Platform. This next generation of TFS doesn’t require any server component, as end-users can connect to the service over the internet from Visual Studio, and via the web-based administration console.

The preview initially enabled features software projects such as Work Item Tracking and Source Control. A subsequent release of the preview enabled the Build feature. The service now provides a pool of virtual machines running in Windows Azure that are standing by ready to compile, test, and package your applications. Having used the initial service for a couple of projects already, I was eager for the Build service to become available. To me, this rounded out the offering, and allowed me to run a TFS project with truly no on-premise computing need. Read more of this post

So They Want a Mobile App

More and more clients want to go mobile and everyone has a great idea for an app, but going beyond the idea stage can quickly become a forest of confusing questions and foggy answers. The first step to making a great app a reality is deciding what type of application provides the best platform and reaches the right people. In this post, I’ll go over some basic terminology and the application types available to someone who is ready to go beyond the idea stage and start developing an app.

When talking about mobile apps a few different words and concepts may be tossed around that seem familiar but vague; one is the phrase User Experience or UX. UX is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a description of the user’s experience while using an application, and sometimes even after they’re done using it. This is a broad topic and there are a few different angles from which we can approach the concept. Read more of this post

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