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Ross Smith really enjoys getting a paycheck to “play” with software for 25 years now, over 20 at Microsoft. In September, 2014, he was nominated and accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is one of the authors of “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention” and holds six patents. 42projects has aspired to promote cultural change, “bring buzz and laughter to the hallways”. He is a member of the leadership council for the Anita Borg Institute. He was also part of the organizing committee for TEDxSeattle, and has recently been working closely with iUrbanTeen.org and Spreeha.

In addition to his passion for creative techniques to improve the quality of the experience of using software, he’s explored organizational trust, enterprise gamification, management innovation, diversity and the future of education through games and with the Skype in the Classroom program. In December 2011, he was invited to the White House for a discussion on women in STEM. He was the keynote speaker for the American Road and Transportation Builder’s Transovation event in Fall 2014. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Forbes, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and the London School of Business. He is a blogger for the Society for Human Resource Management's SHRM Blog and regularly posts on management innovation. He is most excited by the current work on Skype Translator.

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Merriam-Webster defines ‘algorithm’ as step-by-step procedure for solving a problem… In an analog world, ask anyone to jot down a step-by-step procedure to solve a problem – and it will be subject to bias, perspective, tacit knowledge, and a diverse viewpoint. Computer algorithms, coded by humans, will obviously contain similar biases.

February 15, 2018

 

 

As we move further into the 21st century, the use of big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation is more prevalent every day. These changes have broad implications for society, for organizations, recruiting and HR professionals. Things are moving quickly!

Here are a few ethical questions for consideration:

February 9, 2018

 

 


 

For anyone not familiar, the “feedback sandwich” is a description of a way to give employee feedback. It’s shorthand for the practice of giving negative or constructive feedback by wrapping it with positive compliments (the bread that contains the meat)

January 10, 2018

 

 

In the mid 1950’s, an assistant tailor at the Montgomery Fair department store on Dexter Ave in Montgomery, Alabama exhibited a trait shared by today’s Millennial employees -  volunteer work outside her “day job.”

December 1, 2017
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Earlier this month, 18,000 people descended upon Orlando for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology.

We live in an amazing time, where the influence and impact of technology permeates every aspect of our lives. We rely on technology to do our banking, stay connected with our friends, book our travel, and to manage our schedules. And yet women make up a relatively small percentage of the technical workforce.

October 22, 2017

 

 Flexible Work Arrangement Week is May 7-13, 2017                                                                                                                                                     

May 8, 2017

 

Today is Pi Day as well as Albert Einstein’s birthday. As you may know, the number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. If we round up, it’s 3.1416 or 3/14/16 – today!!

This is a day to think about math and science and the future of work. To change the world will require future generations to anchor their learning in science and math.

March 14, 2017

 

December 5th – 11th is Computer Science Education Week, held each year during the week of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday (December 9th, 1906)

 

December 5, 2016

 

In mid-October, 15,000 people gathered in Houston for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).

November 9, 2016
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iUrban Teen and the White House Celebration of My Brother’s Keeper Anniversary

“I'm so proud of iUrban Teen and other ‘career accelerators’ for underrepresented youth. We're guiding the next talent pipeline and developing great citizens. What an honor to be at the White House for the third time!" – Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen founder and White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion

July 25, 2016

 

April 4, 2016

It’s a rarity in life to be able to gather with others who share a common cause, and be inspired for almost every minute of every day together. To do so with 12,000 people over 3 days is unheard of. Except when it comes to the Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

October 21, 2015
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In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. – Yogi Berra

How to become the best? It’s something that has crossed the mind of virtually everyone. From self-help books to motivational speakers, an entire industry has flourished for centuries. 

October 13, 2015

 

Inner City and Native American Teens and Technology

September 15, 2015

Happy SafeDay 2015

April 28, 2015
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A pause to reflect on linguistics and digital communications
 

April 23rd is English Language Day at the United Nations. It’s also the birthday of William Shakespeare. In 2010, the Department of Public Information established a day to celebrate for each of the six official languages.

Paul Grice (1913-1988) was a British Philosopher of Language and published work on the nature of meaning and developed a theory of implicature – the meaning implied in what is uttered.

April 23, 2015