Recent Trends and Thoughts

  • I’ve noticed quite a few mentions of how baby boomers leaving the work force will effect the economy, employment, etc. The idea is that the baby boomers (my parent’s generation) are going to retire in the next 10 years; they’re absence from the work force will create a huge staffing need.

    As one article puts it,

    “Bill Gates is pushing 50,” says Joe Cortright, head of Impresa Inc., an economic consulting firm in Portland, Ore. “The next big companies that get started will probably not get started by baby boomers.”

    A government publication from 2000 has some good numbers and facts, albeit a few years old.
    Many of the off-shoring article I come across, esp. the more positive ones, mention his idea.

  • Bookending nicely with the Rise of the Creative Class (article, book) angle of the above: the corporate life of ladder climbing isn’t for everyone, and some folks don’t even want it, e.g., the NY Time‘s recent articles on highly qualified white women opting out of the exec life and the increase in former execs getting a franchise.
  • There seems to be a pick-up on the anti-XP front. Maybe the publication of Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP has provided crack for existing sentiments to burst through.
  • I feel like I’ve read lots of articles along the line of “Technology folks in companies must start caring about the business side of things.” One article, for example, goes over financial vocabulary like “hurdle rate” and “material”; euphemism for shit-canning people aren’t covered. Of course, one of my favorite pie-in-the-sky architectures, Business Process Modeling is all about this.