The next generation has arrived, and they’ve been here for several years. From a generational perspective, they are also becoming set in their ways. It’s a good time for companies to take an objective look at the engineering philosophies and workflows they’re learning, and whether these will serve the company and the employee over the long term. The next generation is now displacing mid-level management and they will institutionalize the way of thinking they bring to management for years to come. If changes are needed they should be made now, and they must be made near the bottom of the organization.
Because of the high level of activity, most companies have been focused on developing early competencies, and by doing this, the industry is succeeding in getting the work done. But are we also succeeding at instilling the technical knowledge, effective engineering philosophies, and performance management perspectives that will serve the employee and employer over the long term? We’ll discuss how those challenges are likely to change over time, the potential impact on business models, and some key principles and workflows that may help an employer to enhance the next generation’s capabilities in these areas.