Episode 34 – Play To Your Strengths with Hans Eckman

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Hans Eckman is an experienced Business Analyst who provides leadership and consulting to rapidly evolving companies. This includes helping in the development of disruptive programmes and products that drive innovation and process improvement. Hans is also an experienced conference speaker having given over 50 presentations in the U.S. and Canada.

In this episode Hans tells us why it’s people and processes that determine the success of I.T. projects and why it’s your responsibility to market and to promote your uniqueness and your value.


Time Stamped Show Notes

(00:52) – Phil introduces Hans Eckman

(01:20) – Hans talks about sharing his experience and career tips at conferences in the US and Canada

(01:39) – Hans says that his primary focus and speciality has been around the organisational and cultural changes that need to happen for companies to successfully adopt their I.T. projects

(01:50) – It’s the people and processes that define whether something is a success far more than the technology


(02:10) – Unique Career Tip: Hans says that the advice that he gives to his teams is, “Play to your strengths”

(02:24) – We all do our base skills well in the workplace but it’s the things that make you unique which will make you successful

(02:52) – To identify your uniqueness, think about what makes you the happiest or what makes you successful


(03:35) – Worst Career Moment: Hans talks about working for a large corporation that was also the leader in the market

(03:54) – Hans says that he inherited the responsibility for a project which was already dying

(04:00) – It was a team of eighteen resources of which only three reported to his company

(04:09) – Hans describes how he was both the project leader as well as taking on a number of project roles

(04:20) – For Hans it was the most stressful and depressing work he had ever done but has made subsequent difficult projects not seem so bad

(04:36) – The lesson that Hans took from the experience is that when you don’t have time for mistakes, every minute counts


(04:50) – Career Highlight / Greatest Success: Hans talks about working for a voice telecommunications company in the US

(04:55) – Hans recruited a developer to work in the marketing and partner sales team to help develop web applications

(05:12) – The individual was Tomer Tishgarten who was completing a graduate degree but was trying to become a programmer

(05:25) – Working with Tomer over a number of years Hans was able to convince him to become the individual who could communicate between the technical teams and the marketing & sales teams

(05:47) – Since then Hans has had the pleasure of watching Tomer’s career success


(06:37) – What Excites You About The Future of a Career in I.T.? Hans believes that we’re in a period of great I.T. transformation

(06:55) – Hans specifically mentions automation and connected lives

(07:01) – We’re getting to the point where technology and automation is going to alleviate most of our routine work

(07:10) – Products and lifestyle enhancements will become more affordable

(07:15) – Hans believes that it will be up to a few key people to design and decide how those interactions will work

(07:35) – Phil comments that it will be a voyage of discovery

(08:06) – Hans says that, in his view, the future will be less about specific technologies and more about patterns and process analysis

(08:44) – Phil and Hans discuss the importance of the integration of connected devices as well as the data exchange and data management between them


(09:20) – The Reveal

(09:24) – What attracted you to an I.T. career in the first place? – “Complete accident. I bumped into somebody who needed some consulting help developing educational software and I found myself ten years later still in I.T.”

(09:49) – What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? – “Marketing is the exploitation of your uniqueness. And it’s your responsibility to market and to promote your uniqueness and your value”

(10:10) – If you were to begin your I.T. career again, right now, what would you do? –”I would really want to focus in on the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence”

(10:27) – What career objectives are you focusing on right now? – “I’m trying to write more, both in blog entries and eventually a book”

(10:45) – What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far? – “Pattern recognition”


(11:02) – A Parting Piece of Career Advice: Hans says that it is not up to anyone else how successful you are

(11:27) – There isn’t anyone else who is responsible for your career journey

(11:34) – You control it so you have to step outside your comfort zone

(11:44) – If not you will have one year of experience fifteen times rather than fifteen years of experience


3 Key Points:     

  1. It’s people and processes which define I.T. project success, not the technology
  2. When you don’t have time for mistakes, every second counts
  3. It’s your responsibility to market and to promote your uniqueness and your value


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