Technology, Culture, and Millennials

Technology, Culture, and Millennials

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Where are Agile Millennials?

These past few weeks I have been listening to people from around the world and in the local area talk about Agile, Culture, and People within organizations. One thing that I noticed was that there weren’t a lot of millennials where I went. According to Forbes, by 2020 millennials will take almost 50 percent of the workforce around the world. A significant percentage in my mind. Knowing that this is on the horizon, it makes me wonder why aren’t millennials investing time into learning about new concepts such as Agile, Scrum, Design Thinking, Human Center Design, Lean Start-up cycle, and other transformation like topics. I have many colleagues representing different domains that still don’t have all the awareness when it comes to learning about these topics and actually would like to learn, but don’t know where to start.

A quick google search as depicted in the picture above, we can see the top 10 results and see that Agile is very highly correlated with millennials. Whether they know or not, many of them are not aware that they are using agile. Sometimes we need to remember that many organizations have groups from different times in technology. This is not a bad thing, but rather makes it a fantastic time for people to work together in technology. Many millennials have started their journey with Agile, and have no exposure to anything else other than agile, which may be why there is a higher correlation.  However, if you take a step back and think about if there was actually a two-way channel where boomers learned from millennials and millennials learned from boomers, there actually might be the spark of a highly successful collaborative team. This can happen, but what we lack today is the agile awareness on both sides. Many have the knowledge but really not a true understanding of what Agile is. Check out the video on our resources page on the backward bi-cycle where we say knowledge ≠ understanding.

Lacking component for millennials is formal awareness, and thus a lot of questions in regards to how can I learn more about Agile? Who can I go to for training? What organization should I take the training from? There are just so many organizations, data, and people out there for Agile which makes it confusing to many on where do I even begin? Just like many people started learning about Project Management, its the time right now to learn about Agile until the next wave hits. Let’s help the community clear up some of the confusion and use this group to motivate individuals around the world to continuously learn. Let’s all teach each other about the resources on the horizon and what can we do as a global community to help each other deliver better results, services, products, and positivity.

So agile millennials let’s rise, stay connected, and work together to solve complex problems and take one incremental step each day to make organizations around the world deliver #value, create better #cultures, and lastly focus on #people first.

#weareallinthistogether #continuouslylearn #continuouslyiterate





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