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Time to Push the Alarm? The Braindrain Threat from Boomer Engineer Retirement

If there were an even distribution of engineers across age groups, then retirement of an entire generation would take away about a third of your staff. However, the saddle shape of the age employment curve means that many engineering organizations are heavily front loaded with Boomer engineers. Furthermore, the far smaller group of Gen X

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Judging the 2010 Spike Awards: Social Computing in Product Development

Do you want a Spike Award? Before you raise your hand, let me clarify. I’m not talking about the Spike Guy’s Choice awards. No, I’m talking about the Spike Awards that recognize the best use of social media and social computing to improve product innovation, development and product management. You can find a lot more

Is the Age Profile of Engineering a Saddle?

Imagine if we mapped the number of engineers (y-axis) against their age (x-axis) for a particular engineering organization. What would the distribution curve look like? Well based on historical hiring demand and the relative sizes of different generations, we can project what it would look like. It resembles a saddle.