What I think about the younger generation of software professionals

I have an opportunity to teach Software Project Management as a part of a University of Washington night class.

I’ve done this for 6 years. Each year, the class seems to be getting younger and younger, but I know its just me getting older. I’m 45, and most of the class looks 10-15 years younger than me.

I compare them to the way I was when I started out 20 years ago. I think it reflects a very healthy change in the industry.

  • I followed orders. They think more creatively.
  • I coded like heck. They use unit tests, code reviews, and in some cases, TDD.
  • I went into a cave, and came out with code 2 months later. They have sprints, and demos, and daily stand-ups.
  • I never thought of UI design. They are always thinking of it.
  • I always underestimated the work. They still underestimate the work :-)

I think the software industry has come a long way. It’s good. It’s encouraging.

Here’s to looking forward to the future!