Lessons from The Jetsons: Artificial Intelligence Can Go (At Least) Two Ways

Artificial intelligence is a highly debated topic among experts. Disagreements exist about the definition of AI, when it will become smarter than humans, and whether AI will become uncontrollable. Several leading experts have offered warnings about artificial intelligence becoming too powerful and autonomous for humankind. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, leaving little room for thoughtful contemplation about the consequences of our inventions. In the Jetson’s world, two types of AI forms existed: a fully autonomous yet fully submissive robot named Rosie and a kind, yet fully independent machine named R.U.D.I. Is this indicative of our futures or could we create something a little more sinister?

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5 Steps to Succeed on a Scrum Team as a BA

5 Steps for BAs to Succeed on a Scrum Team

Originally written by Trina Silverglate, IT Consultant; Abridged August 2017

In Scrum methodology, the BA is not a defined role, but often companies decide it will be most effective to include one on their teams. Because of the lack of definition around the role, as a Business Analyst Contractor, you can end up with a wide variance of responsibilities. To set yourself up for success on your next Scrum project, ESP has identified these 5 simple steps:

1. Learn About The Team To Know Where You Fit In
Ask if the project will have individuals that are dedicated to the roles of Product Owner and Scrum Master. If not, a BA with Scrum experience or certification may be asked to help fill one or both of those roles. If there is a dedicated Product Owner and/or Scrum Master on the team, find out how she or he will perform that role on the project. Know where you’ll be needed, and avoid confusion concerning responsibilities.

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4 Reasons to Celebrate the Twin Cities’ IT Job Market

Reasons to Celebrate Balloons ImageBrilliant, lustrous fireworks along the Mississippi. Barbecues in the lazy warmth of summer. Water sports, hiking excursions, and (for better or worse) family road trips. As we continue basking in the fun of the three warmest months of the year, we’re once again reflecting on why we love the Twin Cities. And, as an IT consulting and staffing firm, we’d be remiss not to give special attention to our number one reason: The Twin Cities rank among the best in the U.S. for tech opportunities. From its growing number of available tech jobs, to its recent acclaim as a hot spot for tech startups and companies, the Twin Cities offer IT opportunities like those in the Silicon Valley, plus higher collaboration and a lower cost of living. Though Minnesota has graced the tops of multiple “best” lists for various reasons, we’ve pulled out the top 4 reasons Twin Cities IT pros should celebrate where they work:

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Screen Top IT Talent For Potential, Not Experience

Sifting through applications is one of the most important first hurdles for an IT hiring manager to overcome in the selection process. Unfortunately, this first step can also be the downfall of the hiring process due to one key mistake: prioritizing applications with greater years of experience instead of looking for contenders whose experience shows potential. Instead of focusing your screening and interviewing energy on selecting the “Most Experienced Candidate,” consider which prospects stand out for their work in the following four categories.

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4 Tips To Market Yourself To An IT Interviewer

Whether your plans for 2016 include searching for new IT gigs, advancing your careerimages by acquiring additional IT certifications, or going after an Academy Award, a strong personal branding strategy is essential to launch you into the next season. While you may not be able to spend the millions of dollars on your personal branding campaign that Hollywood invests in the Oscars each year, you can gain valuable insight by seeking self-promotion and marketing tips from the film industry experts. Keeping these 4 tips in mind at your next IT interview will help you to improve upon and spread the word about your professional reputation by focusing on those unique attributes and soft skills which make you the right fit for a new gig.

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Tech Companies Cut Costs With Additional Closes In December: Infographic

The “most wonderful time of the year” comes with its fair share of challenges. While it’s a great time for fun with family and friends, favorite traditions, and giving, the holiday season can also generate stress and cause possible financial burden. Luckily for IT pros, flexible hours and remote working capabilities can help to combat nearly all of these challenges, allowing time at home with family without having to use PTO or unpaid hours. But the question and problem facing IT companies and employers with IT departments is this: while its employees are working remotely, how should the company proceed with business?

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The Millennial Divide

Bridging the Decade-Gap Among Millennials

For years the business world has talked of the “approaching” Millennial workforce. Conflict 3Researchers have shared how businesses can prepare for Millennials, particularly focusing on the technology related changes required to attract and best provide for a Millennial workforce. Today, in what may feel like a sudden shift, nearly the entire Millennial generation (anyone born between 1980 and 2000) has launched into the working world. In fact, those between the ages of 18 and 34 compose nearly 75% of the workforce.

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Why Being An IT Professional When You Grow Up Is Better Than Being A Secret Agent

ESP IT Sponsors Tech Experience Tours

Kids dream big. When you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, you’ll get answers ranging from astronauts to secret agents, pop stars to pilots, dancers to firefighters. All these careers have one thing in common: kids know about them. As kids grow into high schoolers and begin to think about college, these dreams may change, but they can still only choose to pursue careers they actually know about. This is one of the reasons we are partnering with MHTA to offer Tech Experience Tours: giving students a chance to see what a career in technology looks like in a tangible way.

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It’s Cold Outside…but the Minnesota IT Forecast is Hot and Sunny!

phone in snowAs you’re shivering in your down jacket in this frigid December cold, you may be thinking something along the lines of, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” Yes, the winters are cold and long, but it’s at times like these when it’s important to remind yourself of the good things about working here — especially as an IT pro.

Hot Opportunities

Minneapolis was ranked as the 7th best city for young entrepreneurs by NerdWallet, based on loan data, cost of living, business activity, education, and income (New York and San Francisco didn’t even make the cut!). Furthermore, 2 of Forbes’ ‘Top 5 Industries for Entrepreneurs’ are in IT — specifically, ‘Internet and Data Services’ and ‘Computer Systems and Software Services.’

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Using LinkedIn: How to get your Next Date, I mean Job…

-guest contributor, Joel Ingersoll

I’ve often suggested that LinkedIn could add an additional revenue stream by alsoLinkedIn Logo functioning as a dating site for professionals. Beyond just including resume and professional groups that people belong to, most of us use our first day of work badge photo as our avatar giving us a well-manicured appearance that typical business casual doesn’t provide. And the recommendations! Just think of the blossoming of love that could come from an endorsement like this: “Tom is a hard worker and efficient. He sticks to the agenda in meetings and if you are willing to talk about network security, can expense your first date.”  Zesty!

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