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Worried that your developers will quit? Four tactics to keep your skilled staff on board

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Worried that your developers will quit? Four tactics to keep your skilled staff on board

After three years of intense digitisation, Australian organisations have found themselves in a tricky spot: they are now relying on digital systems to run their business and innovate at a time when tech talent has never been so scarce. 

This is proving particularly challenging for digital-first start-ups and SMBs that are increasingly relying on developers. Indeed, developers are the ones creating today’s business and consumer apps, software, online services and digital products, but they’re also relatively rare talent. 

Developers are taking the lead on the business stage, but skills shortages threaten the future success

The current tech skills shortage is at times high, with software development skills considered among the hardest to find, as well as one of the top five must-have skills for the remainder of 2022. 

If this wasn’t enough, once developers have been hired, organisations then have to retain this talent and then in-house, which is proving incredibly difficult.

According to a recent survey, 98% of Australian IT decision-makers find it has become more difficult to retain skilled developers due to the ‘Great Resignation’, while 93% are finding it more difficult to recruit in the last two years. 

Adapting to new technologies, increased workload and demand from other teams are some of the top reasons behind growing developer burnout and high churn rates. 

While remuneration is important, this is not the only way to attract and retain developers. 

Company culture, flexibility, career growth opportunities and more are among the reasons why developers would join and stay with a company. 

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Here are four ways to help find, retain and enable developer talent: 

1. Change the mindset around developers within the company and recognise their contribution. 

While more organisations understand the key role developers play in driving innovation and business success, most non-tech employees tend to still think of developers as the “IT guys in the back room”.  

There needs to be a change of mindset so developers can start being seen by everyone as the valuable assets that they are. 

Too many times, developers have reported feeling that they were not considered important or recognised. Ensuring that their contribution to the company is highlighted regularly will be a key factor in making them feel more integrated, valued and valuable. 

This could be done by: 

Creating a greater collaboration between developers and other teams (including the leadership team and line of business leaders)

Regularly showcasing the key role of software and digital-driven products in the company’s success and highlighting developers’ work products during quarterly business meetings, internal newsletters or other forms of communication 

2. Involve developers in the broader innovation agenda and process

Involving developers early on in the innovation process and in strategic business conversations is a great way to create more balance in their job. 

They aren’t here to just implement ideas that have been decided without even consulting them. Developers tend to have high critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Combined with their unique technology expertise, they can share very valuable insights that can help the company make better decisions and in some cases, avoid very costly mistakes down the road. 

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3. Make their life easier by investing in the right developer-friendly technology tools.

Many developers are growing frustrated by having to spend too much of their limited time managing and maintaining complex, legacy infrastructures rather than spending time on more stimulating/interesting tasks such as driving innovation. 

Opting for developer-focused data platforms can help simplify previously complex tasks, improving developers’ productivity and free up more time to focus on what they enjoy doing best. 

Business and technology leaders need to listen to what developers want to work with instead of imposing tools or ways of working without prior consultation, ultimately hindering developers’ productivity. 

4. Offer continuous upskilling training

Tech skills are in high demand both because there simply aren’t enough tech professionals available, and technology keeps on changing, which means skills need to keep evolving. 

Offering dedicated upskilling training to developers is usually seen as a great perk and a way to keep their job interesting and future-proof their careers. 

Fortunately, there is much qualitative yet cheap training out there – many tech companies actually offer great courses, sometimes even for free, that come with concrete certifications. 

The bottom line is that developers have become the bloodline of innovation and competitive advantage. Their role will only grow in importance with time as more digitisation takes place so ensuring they’re happy and productive in their job is really a way for organisations to future-proof their business. 

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At collapsed Baltimore bridge, focus shifts to the weighty job of removing the massive structure

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Teams of engineers worked Saturday on the intricate process of cutting and lifting the first section of twisted steel from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge, which crumpled into the Patapsco River this week after a massive cargo ship crashed into one of its supports.

Sparks could be seen flying from a section of bent and crumpled steel in the afternoon, and video released by officials in the evening showed demolition crews using a cutting torch to slice through the thick beams. The joint incident command said in a statement that the work was being done on the top of the north side of the collapsed structure.

Crews were carefully measuring and cutting the steel from the broken bridge before attaching straps so it can be lifted onto a barge and floated away, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath said.

Seven floating cranes — including a massive one capable of lifting 1,000 tons — 10 tugboats, nine barges, eight salvage vessels and five Coast Guard boats were on site in the water southeast of Baltimore.

Each movement affects what happens next and ultimately how long it will take to remove all the debris and reopen the ship channel and the blocked Port of Baltimore, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said.

“I cannot stress enough how important today and the first movement of this bridge and of the wreckage is. This is going to be a remarkably complicated process,” Moore said.

Undeterred by the chilly morning weather, longtime Baltimore resident Randy Lichtenberg and others took cellphone photos or just quietly looked at the broken pieces of the bridge, which including its steel trusses weigh as much as 4,000 tons.

“I wouldn’t want to be in that water. It’s got to be cold. It’s a tough job,” Lichtenberg said from a spot on the river called Sparrows Point.

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The shock of waking up Tuesday morning to video of what he called an iconic part of the Baltimore skyline falling into the water has given way to sadness.

“It never hits you that quickly. It’s just unbelievable,” Lichtenberg said.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

One of the first goals for crews on the water is to get a smaller auxiliary ship channel open so tugboats and other small barges can move freely. Crews also want to stabilize the site so divers can resume searching for four missing workers who are presumed dead.

Two other workers were rescued from the water in the hours following the bridge collapse, and the bodies of two more were recovered from a pickup truck that fell and was submerged in the river. They had been filling potholes on the bridge and while police were able to stop vehicle traffic after the ship called in a mayday, they could not get to the construction workers, who were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The crew of the cargo ship Dali, which is managed by Synergy Marine Group, remained on board with the debris from the bridge around it, and were safe and were being interviewed. They are keeping the ship running as they will be needed to get it out of the channel once more debris has been removed.

The vessel is owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd. and was chartered by Danish shipping giant Maersk.

The collision and collapse appeared to be an accident that came after the ship lost power. Federal and state investigators are still trying to determine why.

Assuaging concern about possible pollution from the crash, Adam Ortiz, the Environmental Protection Agency’s mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, said there was no indication in the water of active releases from the ship or materials hazardous to human health.

REBUILDING

Officials are also trying to figure out how to handle the economic impact of a closed port and the severing of a major highway link. The bridge was completed in 1977 and carried Interstate 695 around southeast Baltimore.

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Maryland transportation officials are planning to rebuild the bridge, promising to consider innovative designs or building materials to hopefully shorten a project that could take years.

President Joe Biden’s administration has approved $60 million in immediate aid and promised the federal government will pay the full cost to rebuild.

Ship traffic at the Port of Baltimore remains suspended, but the Maryland Port Administration said trucks were still being processed at marine terminals.

The loss of a road that carried 30,000 vehicles a day and the port disruption will affect not only thousands of dockworkers and commuters, but also U.S. consumers, who are likely to feel the impact of shipping delays. The port handles more cars and more farm equipment than any other U.S. facility.

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Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina. Associated Press writers Sarah Brumfield in Washington, D.C.; Kristin M. Hall in Nashville, Tennessee; Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tennessee; and Lisa Baumann in Bellingham, Washington, contributed.

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DALLAS (AP) — The Texas attorney general has opened an investigation into a key Boeing supplier that is already facing scrutiny from federal regulators over quality of parts that it provides to the aircraft maker.

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said it began looking into Spirit AeroSystems because of “apparent manufacturing defects” in parts that “have led to numerous concerning or dangerous incidents.”

In a statement Friday, a Spirit spokesman said, “While we do not comment on investigations, Spirit is wholly focused on providing the highest quality products to all our customers, to include the Boeing Company.”

Paxton asked the Wichita, Kansas-based supplier to turn over documents produced since the start of 2022 about communication with investors and Boeing about flaws in parts and corrective steps the company took.

The request goes into detail in seeking internal discussions around Spirit’s efforts to create a diverse workforce “and whether those commitments are unlawful or are compromising the company’s manufacturing processes.” Paxton asked for a breakdown of Spirit’s workforce by race, sexual orientation and other factors, and whether the makeup has changed over time.

Since a Spirit-made door-plug panel blew off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max in January, some conservatives have tried to link aviation safety to diversity at manufacturers.

Paxton is a conservative Republican who this week agreed to pay $271,000 in restitution to victims and take 15 hours of training in legal ethics to settle felony charges of securities fraud. Paxton did not admit wrongdoing in the 9-year-old case.

The Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation into Boeing Spirit after the Alaska Airlines incident. An FAA audit of manufacturing procedures in Spirit’s factory gave the company failing grades in seven of 13 areas.

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Boeing is in talks to buy back Spirit, which it spun off nearly 20 years ago, as part of a plan to tighten oversight of manufacturing in its supply chain.

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Boeing plane found to have missing panel after flight from California to southern Oregon

By CLAIRE RUSH and LISA BAUMANN

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A post-flight inspection revealed a missing panel on an older Boeing 737-800 that had just arrived at its destination in southern Oregon on Friday after flying from San Francisco, officials said, the latest in a series of recent incidents involving aircraft manufactured by the company.

United Flight 433 left San Francisco at 10:20 a.m. and landed at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport in Medford shortly before noon, according to FlightAware. The airport’s director, Amber Judd, said the plane landed safely without incident and the external panel was discovered missing during a post-flight inspection. No injuries were reported.

The airport paused operations to check the runway and airfield for debris, Judd said, and none was found.

Judd said she believed the United ground crew or pilots doing a routine inspection before the next flight were the ones who noticed the missing panel.

A United Airlines spokesperson said via email that the flight was carrying 139 passengers and six crew members, and no emergency was declared because there was no indication of the damage during the flight.

 

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The Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center is pictured in Medford, Ore., on Jan. 4, 2024. The first lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, brought amid reports that a nurse at the southern Oregon hospital replaced intravenous fentanyl drips with tap water seeks up to $11.5 million on behalf of the estate of a 65-year-old man who died. (Janet Eastman/The Oregonian/The Oregonian via AP)

 

“After the aircraft was parked at the gate, it was discovered to be missing an external panel,” the United spokesperson said. “We’ll conduct a thorough examination of the plane and perform all the needed repairs before it returns to service. We’ll also conduct an investigation to better understand how this damage occurred.”

The Federal Aviation Administration also said it would investigate.

The missing panel was on the underside of the aircraft where the wing meets the body and just next to the landing gear, United said.

The plane made its first flight in April 1998 and was delivered to Continental Airlines in December of that year, according to the FAA. United Airlines has operated it since Nov. 30, 2011. It is a 737-824, part of the 737-800 series that was a precursor to the Max.

Boeing said, also via email, that it would defer comment to United about the carrier’s fleet and operations.

In January a panel that plugged a space left for an extra emergency door blew off a Boeing Max 9 jet in midair just minutes after an Alaska Airlines flight took off from Portland, leaving a gaping hole and forcing pilots to make an emergency landing. There were no serious injuries.

The door plug was eventually found in the backyard of a high school physics teacher in southwest Portland, along with other debris from the flight scattered nearby. The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation.

On March 6, fumes detected in the cabin of a Boeing 737-800 Alaska Airlines flight destined for Phoenix caused pilots to head back to the Portland airport.

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The Port of Portland said passengers and crew noticed the fumes and the flight landed safely. Seven people including passengers and crew requested medical evaluations, but no one was hospitalized, officials said.

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Baumann reported from Bellingham, Washington.

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