The Agile Roundup #2 - Oh the Millennials!
By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials. They are the largest generation on the planet and they are radically changing societal norms. In this week's Agile Roundup, we explore ways you can better understand, employee and manage this radical generation.
Nine Tips For Managing Millennials
By 2025 millennials (the generation born between 1980 and 2000) will make up 75% of the world's working population. To get the best from their millennial employees, managers must understand this and adapt their management style accordingly. Here are nine guidelines to help adapt your organization's management policies to the particular traits of the millennial generation.
Now, let's use some science that might change what you THINK you know about millennials.
5 Myths About Millennials That Have Been Completely Debunked by Science
Read and believe everything out there on the supposed traits and preferences of young people, and you'd come away thinking those aged 18-35 are basically a separate species. And not a very nice one. Entitled, disloyal, incompetent, fragile, young people have been called a series of names that would probably provoke a fist fight in a different setting.
The only trouble with this cottage industry in proclaiming and explaining the difference between young and old? As author and entrepreneur Richie Norton points out on Medium recently, the vast majority of these claims have been thoroughly debunked by science.
Let's narrow our look down a bit to how to deal with millennials on a software development team (this is a development blog after all). Have you ever experienced tension between developers of different generations? This article offers some advice in how to handle millennials on a software development team.
How to manage millennials in software development projects
Whether it’s a software development team or any other team at the work place, remember that Baby Boomers and Generation X think about work in a very different way to millennials. As a result, you have to adapt your communication to suit each individual. Treat people how they want to be treated, instead of the way you want to be treated. Read more...
Finally, we've looked at a lot of books on the subject, and came across one that you might find interesting. Not Everyone Gets a Trophy offers a guidebook to corporate leaders and managers that will help them maximize the potential of the millennial workforce.
Not Everyone Gets A Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials -Bruce Tulgan
"This book will frame Generation Y (children born between 1978-1991) for corporate leaders and managers at time when the corporate world is desperate to recruit and keep worked in this age group. It will debunk dozens of myths, including that young employees have no sense of loyalty, won't do grunt work, won't take direction, want to interact only with computers, and are only about money."
Not Everyone Gets A Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials