By Krista Glantschnig, VP, GTM, SAP Litmos
As we embark on this final quarter of 2020, there are countless lessons to be learned from one of the most tumultuous, trying, and troubled years of our lives – by anyone’s standards. There’s good reason to hope for a slow and steady recovery (economic, public health, global morale) through 2021, but in the meantime, gleaning some wisdom from the previous three quarters seems a worthy exercise.
2020 proved that business environments can change unexpectedly and are less in our control than we might like to think. 2020 rewrote the rules of the game, forcing all players to reinvent aspects of themselves and giving competitive advantages to those who adapted fastest. It also opened opportunities for brand new players who saw emerging market gaps and jumped in to fill them.
Even at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, companies started scrapping their 2020 plans and creating new ones to address the many challenges at hand – transitioning to all-remote workforces, preparing for disrupted supply and demand chains, adjusting to budget constraints, and training for new skillsets and processes, including health and safety protocols.
The business changes we experienced this year feel somewhat different to previous disruptions throughout the years – like digitalization. This time, each and every one of us feel the adjustments not just professionally but in our personal lives as well. Plus, the changes have affected most industries and the public sector – travel, retail, hospitality, education, healthcare – in ways that are all tangible, all palpable, and all at once.
The Art and Discipline of Adaptivity
Organizations are as strong and successful as the adaptivity of their people and ecosystems. Companies that can’t change quickly won’t make it. To stay competitive, organizations need adaptable people engaged with flexible, agile systems
Harvard is piloting a new teaching fellow training focused on diversity, inclusion, and belonging in two Computer Science courses this fall.
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning; the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and the Computer Science department created the training. It has debuted in Computer Science 121: “Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science” and Computer Science 61: “Systems Programming and Machine Organization.”
The training is composed of two parts, according to Nari G. Johnson ’21, a member of the Harvard Women in Computer Science Advocacy Council and organizer of the program. An asynchronous component on Canvas invites participants to read about diversity, inclusion, and belonging at SEAS. A second component include live discussions, role playing, and personal reflections.
CS 121 teaching fellows and instructors completed their live synchronous training last week in a session led by SEAS Assistant Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Veronica D. Santana and Bok Center Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Noelle R. Lopez. The session saw full attendance from the course teaching staff, according to Santana.
Santana and Lopez said they enjoyed working through various scenarios with the CS 121 teaching staff in breakout rooms.
“My favorite one is where a TF or CA is with a student, and the student is just being very quiet. They’ve shown up to the office hour, it’s going on through Zoom,” Santana said. “The person who bravely volunteered to be the CA is just hearing silence from the student who has arrived at their office hour and having to take the lead and, very warmly but still directly and clearly, say, ‘Okay, so what part of the problem are you having an issue with?’”
Another scenario participants grappled with in the program’s asynchronous component involved an undergraduate course
Oct. 6 (UPI) — Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group and 1st Force Reconnaissance Company received two weeks of training in tactical cyber electronic warfare recon and survey capabilities last month, the Marine Corp said Tuesday.
The training, which took place Sept. 7 to 18 at California’s Camp Pendleton, was designed to introduce the Marines to newly developed capabilities generated from U.S. Cyber Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace.
USCYBERCOM and MarkPoint technologies plan to provide this training, which is intended to develop Marines’ ability to map out the digital terrain, for two years under a direct award called Rapidly Deployable Access Capabilities.
The course also supported the development and delivery of future capabilities that address the constantly changing battlefield with the Internet of Things, officials said.
“Getting to work with Marines from other aspects of the Marine Corps is a great opportunity, especially for a junior Marine, like myself,” Lance Cpl. Christopher Brown, a student in the course, and a cryptologic digital network operator from 1st Radio Battalion, I MIG, said in a press release. “This training gives Marines from all job fields the opportunity to come together and learn a new skill set.”
Although electronic warfare is not a new concept, the Marine Corps focuses on innovating, modernizing and finding new ways to employ leading-edge technologies and capabilities.
UPPSALA, Sweden, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IAR Systems®, the future-proof supplier of software tools and services for embedded development, introduces a new course in its online training program IAR Academy™ On Demand. The new course IAR Embedded Workbench Master Programming & Debugging is targeted for advanced learners already familiar with the basics of embedded development.
Bugs in embedded applications can often be difficult to locate, especially when the fault caused does not occur immediately when the application reaches the problematic section of code. In this course, developers will gain new skills for locating these problems. In addition, they will learn how to understand the ways their code affects power performance, a skill becoming increasingly more necessary along with the need for good power management brought on by new demands for power-efficient end nodes in IoT and edge processing. The course will also cover how to use command line tools to set up automated builds and testing procedures.
“When developing this course, we have specifically focused on embedded developers that are familiar with our tools, but are ready to take their skills to the next level,” said Husnain Kazmi, EMEA Academy Trainer and Coordinator, IAR Systems. “After taking this course, developers will be able to detect stack corruption and make more efficient use of the stack, trace code errors from the fault all the way back to the error source and use profiling to make code faster and smaller. They will also learn how to monitor code-driven power consumption and optimize power requirements, as well as use the command line tools included with IAR Embedded Workbench.”
Since its launch in 2013, the technical training program IAR Academy has provided a unique opportunity for developers to boost their skills in embedded development, speed up project efficiency and meet tight
- Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson said in a tweet Thursday that a recent executive order from the Trump administration banning certain types of diversity training at federal contractors already caused her to lose a a client.
- Emerson said the type of training her startup provides does not violate the executive order, but that this company ended it just to “play it safe.”
- She said that other companies are holding off on diversity training altogether because of confusion over the order.
- Paradigm is especially known for providing training to Silicon Valley startups and big tech firms, which have historically struggled to achieve representation of minorities in their workforces and C-suites.
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The CEO of a diversity training consulting firm said Thursday that her company has already lost a client due to President Trump’s recent executive order.
—Joelle Emerson (@joelle_emerson) October 1, 2020
“We just lost our first client as a result of the executive order on diversity training,” tweeted Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson. “I’m sure it won’t be our last. Seems it’s having exactly its intended impact. I wish I could say I feel proud to be on the right side of history, but I just feel scared.”
Trump issued an executive order on September 22 that expanded a previous ban on certain types of racial sensitivity training at federal agencies. This September order also banned such training at contractors that want to do business with the government. A leaked memo on the ban, published by Business Insider’s Dave Levinthal, warned that government contractors who violate the ban will face “potential sanctions for noncompliance.”
Some in the corporate world voiced concerns that the move was a step backward for diversity in the workplace, including Aubrey Blanche of Australian startup Culture Amp, who described the orders as