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Generations of Systems Engineers: Unpacking Working Styles

Generations of Systems Engineers: Unpacking Working Styles

Your generation says a lot about you, including the way you work. There are many factors that make us who we are. It’s important to investigate these to see how we can better work individually and together, combining generations.

Innoslate serves as a bridge between generations, possessing properties that benefit all generations in the workforce. Let’s look into two ways that Innoslate works for Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.

 

Baby Boomers (~1946 - 1964)

The Baby Boomers emerged in the post-World War II period, experiencing unprecedented economic prosperity and social change. As a result, they tend to be optimistic, team-oriented, and goal-driven. 

Most Baby Boomers are dedicated to their careers, and value face-to-face communication and hierarchy in the workplace. While some adapt to technology later in life, their strong work ethic and leadership skills make them an integral part of the workforce.

 

Effective Decision Making

Following the ways of the previous Silent Generation, Baby Boomers often replace their emotions with facts. This could come from growing up in a time of war. They value rational decisions and planning.

Innoslate makes decisions a breeze by creating solutions/answers through its data-driven approach. Users can take all their data in a project and simulate using the Monte Carlo or Discrete Event simulators. 

Users can develop behavioral models and then simulate the models using the built-in simulators. This allows you to detect errors early before the physical testing event starts. Simulation gives you a clear answer, not to mention higher quality and faster production time.

Innoslate's Monte Carlo Simulator

 

Years of Knowledge

Boomers have a wealth of knowledge through their many years of experience. It is important to retain this knowledge and pass it along. With their preference for face-to-face and less experience with technology, there is a potential for loss of information. Although they are trying their best to never retire, the time is coming to settle down and pass the baton.

With Innoslate, we can keep and share knowledge with younger generations in the workforce. Any team member on a shared project can access and view the project's progress.

Innoslate has templates for capturing Standard Operating Procedures, Project Management Plans, and other documents that track operational steps. This reduces future errors when leaving the workforce.

Innoslate's Document template options

 

Generation X (~1965 - 1980)

Growing up amidst rapid technological advancements, economic uncertainties, and dual-income families, Generation X became self-reliant and adaptable. They value work-life balance, prefer a flexible work environment, and are comfortable with technology.

As middle managers and mentors, Gen X'ers bridge the gap between older and younger generations, bringing valuable experience while embracing innovation.

 

Clear Goals

Gen X values having clear goals and responsibilities to work towards. They frequently ask questions to establish standards for clearer guidance on their goals.

Innoslate’s Requirements Management capabilities make this a breeze. Innoslate reduces risk through clear communication and allows users to collaborate seamlessly on requirements. Users can develop quality requirements through presets and checks and perform version control and baseline. They can also manage documents, trace end-to-end, and add live diagrams and charts.

Innoslate's Requirements Management view

 

Autonomy

Many Gen X’ers love freedom and independence in their roles. They prefer having a task and standards, and completing it on their own using their own methods.

Innoslate provides this autonomy through our collaborative environment on the cloud. Users can make comments, documents, graphs, and more that their team can view and make notes of what they did. It flawlessly provides independence through its collaborative environment.

Innoslate diagram

 

Millennials / Generation Y (~1981 - 1996)

Often referred to as digital natives, Millennials witnessed the rise of the internet and rapid technological disruption. This generation values purpose-driven work, seeks continuous feedback, and prioritizes opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

They thrive in collaborative and inclusive work environments and are early adopters of new technologies. Providing Millennials with opportunities for skill development and recognition is crucial for their job satisfaction.

 

Collaboration

Millennials realize the value of a shared goal, and how that can improve their workflow. They seek out teamwork and solutions others may have that they may not necessarily have. 

Innoslate allows collaboration with change requests, chat/comments, permissions, email/in-app notifications, and workflow/task management. Innoslate was the first cloud-based MBSE tool, allowing teams to collaborate in real-time on projects, regardless of their location.

Innoslate Change Request

 

Results-Oriented

Rather than focusing on the process and the work done, this generation focuses on the results. They feel more accomplished by finding alternative methods to achieve success faster and with less effort.

Innoslate's automation capabilities allow teams to automate data reuse, accelerate workflows, and improve overall efficiency to get those results. Requirements management, system design, testing, and more enable seamless integration, automatic documentation generation, and real-time collaboration. This enables teams to focus on innovation and deliver high-quality products faster.

document generation template

 

Generation Z (~1997 - 2012) 

Gen Z has come into the professional world with strong force. They are ready to take action and make changes based on their desires and needs. This is evident in their emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

They grew up with technology and its changes to the world, differing from previous generations and their upbringing. They have the capability to completely shift the engineering industry because of their computer experience.

 

User-Friendly Technology

When it comes to software, they expect a tool that can accomplish all their needs while being user-friendly. The younger generation prefers Apple's user-friendly design over Android's "green messages," understanding the importance of simplicity in technology.

Innoslate was created for and by this generation. Many of our developers are Gen Z’ers and developed Innoslate with a user-friendly interface. Using widgets, tabs, and guidance from our help center, Innoslate is simple to use and meets all your project’s needs.

Innoslate Help Center

 

Healthy Work-Life Balance

Gen Z values a work-life balance and flexible work arrangements. Being open about mental health helps them establish limits at work to prevent it from affecting their personal lives. This stark contrast could directly result from previous generations being overworked with little to no reward.

COVID also greatly affected their mindset. They started their career by working from home or in a combination of remote and in-person settings. The pandemic changed the industry and showed many that they can accomplish work at different times and places.

Everything about Innoslate is collaborative, such as chats with your team, the activity feed, comments, and more. Share projects easily, collaborate in real-time, and track changes with teams using live docs, activity feeds, and version control.

Innoslate Project Dashboard

 

Although many different people with different wants and needs make up the workforce, we can find ways to help everyone. Innoslate’s many features work together to solve many of these gaps and create one solution for the countless working styles.

 
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