Blockchains and distributed ledger technology have been big buzzwords in recent years, but when you look closely at this technology, you can see that it is really just a new tool to solve a long-standing challenge: ensuring multiparty trust across enterprises doing business together. Distributed ledgers backed by a blockchain can help partners achieve consensus on multiparty transactions while adding transparency and speeding up transactions, thereby taking costs out of the system and achieving better outcomes for participating organizations and their stakeholders.
Two of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of optimal data analytics are nearly impossible to avoid: not everyone uses the same methods and not everyone thinks the same way. Sometimes we get too involved with our own data, or the potential impact our analysis can make, before understanding some foundational requirements that are needed.
As engineering leaders, we constantly face the challenge of exciting our teams to share their experiences with each other in a way that encourages mutual growth. It requires dedication, discipline, and, most important of all, communication. Fostering and encouraging constant communication and dialogue among team members is not always easy, and finding ways to do so can make this process a lot more difficult than most people would suspect.