Re: How To Nurture Millenial Tech Leaders
As a millenial myself, it's interesting to get this perspective on us from the outside looking in. Particularly, we often hear a lot of negative sentiment about our generation, and even those that give compliments are likely to splice it with a backhanded insult that takes away from it. It's much more valuable to actually have a holistic perspective from someone who has actually been around the block professionally, like yourself, Daniel, or like many of the other accomplished IW editors and community members. It's best in management to focus on taking someone's negatives as potential strengths, and to focus on fixing the future rather than the past, and that's true even if you're generalizing about a whole generation of people. I much appreciate the way you've done that here.
You make a very strong point about this generation's innate technical savviness blurring the line between technology specialists and generalists, and I think there's a lot of depth to that point. Being a technical specialists no longer means that you know your way around a server room. You could be a programmer with 5 or 10 languages under his belt. You could be virtualization expert that knows the ins and outs of rapidly changing techonologies and all the vendors in the industry. That's all on top of four years of general computer science education. Being a tech leader now means corralling all those things, all those diverse tech pros, together and steering them towards a concise business goal. It's more complex than ever, but you might be right that many of the skills required are still the same. I think my generation is up to the task, but then, maybe I'm a little biased.