Nadia Clifford – Issues and Pitfalls with Managing Complex Technology Initiatives

Nadia Clifford – Issues and Pitfalls with Managing Complex Technology Initiatives

Nadia Clifford is passionate about transforming and reinventing complex technology organizations through efficient processes and collaboration. Her entire career she’s been at the forefront of digital transformations, even before this term existed. Her penchant for taking on new challenges has propelled her into different industries throughout the years (e.g., biotech, HR & payroll, retail, media, financial services, crypto, and banking). She has also worked in a range of roles, like Java software engineer, analyst, Scrum Master, and Product Owner to name a few. It’s that range of experience that makes her an effective technology leader and coach. In this episode, Nadia talks about the biggest pitfalls that people run into when managing complex technology initiatives, including product management in HR technology.

August 18, 2022

[0:00 - 6:10] Introduction

  • Welcome, Nadia!
  • Today’s Topic: Issues and pitfalls with managing complex technology initiatives


[6:11 - 11:06] Lack of Vision: Creating a solution for an unidentified problem

  • Who is running into the problem? Why are you trying to solve it?
  • Not delivering on the intended value because resources are stretched too thin


[11:07 - 15:39] Everything is a #1 priority

  • Learning to say “no” or “not now”
  • How deliverables and feedback can inform, or possibly even change, the vision


[15:40 - 24:53] Lack of communication and/or buy-in

  • Get buy-in by letting people experience the problem you’re trying to solve
  • Balancing frequent communication with work-life
  • Has remote work has affected how people work together?


[24:54 - 26:41] Final Thoughts & Closing

  • Getting feedback sooner than later is critical to complex technologies’ success
  • Thanks for listening!
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