IQ Technology Radar….Coming Soon!

 

At IQ, our vision is to Impact the Quality of Life through Technology. We want to make a difference, and we want to create that difference using technology. Until now, we’ve adopted a just-in-time approach to the technologies we use and how we use them — but that all changes this year. The Technology Radar is going to provide a tech strategy that will help us achieve our vision.

ThoughtWorks inspired this through their Technology Radar, which they publish about twice a year. Thoughtworks actively encourages other companies to build their own tech radar.

From the ThoughtWorks website:

The radar creation exercise invites you to have a conversation across all organizational levels and review your entire technology portfolio. This enables you to:

  • Objectively assess what’s working, and what isn’t
  • Pollinate innovation across teams and experiment accordingly
  • Balance the risk in your technology portfolio
  • Work out what kind of technology organization you want to be
  • Set a path for future success

The IQ Tech Radar will mean different things for different people. For tech-dabblers and polyglot programmers, it will provide a map for how they can get a new language or tool from crazy-idea to production code. For business development and recruiting, it will help serve as a compass for determining what types of businesses and people we should spend our time on. For potential candidates and customers, it provides a clear picture of what technologies we are using now, and where we are going in the future. Despite everyone being excited about the Radar for different reasons, creating it should be an inclusive exercise. The Radar should be bringing people together from all parts of our organization to have a conversation about technology.

That conversation and the resulting Radar should provide a sense of alignment and shared perspective when it comes to all things technology. Having everybody pulling in the same direction provides enormous value, and it should help us all understand some specifics about how we can impact the quality of life through technology.

We are actively preparing Volume One of the IQ Technology Radar with a target publication timeline of Q4 this year. Send an email to techradar@iq-inc.com if you would like to receive a copy of the Radar when it is published!

Author: Ryan Ernst