Are your dev guys good at communicating the needs of the organization? Do your engineers make sure that any changes they implement don't negatively affect other teams? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you should consider your business fortunate, because a recent survey says interpersonal and teamworking skills are even more important than IT skills.
An excerpt from the article on ZDNet:
In the survey of approximately 500 board-level executives, 61 percent said interpersonal and teamworking skills were more important than IT skills.
Most of the executives questioned felt interpersonal skills would continue to be more important than IT skills in the future. But many felt IT skills would become more important, with 24 percent saying IT would become the most important skill in the workplace within the next 10 years.
Personally, I work with a few different teams on TechRepublic, I'd like to think that I'm a good communicator, and I do some programming for the site. My IT skills are the least polished, but I believe it's important to stay on the learning curve — even for the sole reason of being able to intelligibly talk about IT.
Do you agree with the survey results? Do you think interpersonal and teamworking skills are more important than IT skills?
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.