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Part II: Filling Your Toolkit > Technical Skills

Chapter 8. Technical Skills

The Search for the Next Hot Technology

Inevitably, the most pressing question heard from technology professionals is this: What is the next big thing?

The pressure of ensuring your relevance in a career that seems to be in a constant state of change can be daunting. To reduce this pressure, you must develop skills of transcendent value.

However, key concepts are available to assist the technologists in both identifying and learning the “next big thing,” greatly reducing the stress. This chapter identifies some strategies to help you quickly adopt new technology.


Your ability to produce great technical solutions is critical. The brick and mortar types of skills gleaned from study and application of books are ones you will spend the majority of your time developing and using. However, in one sense, I feel the need to de-emphasize them.


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