Recently I was talking to my daughter, an Iowa State materials engineering student, about her internship options. She was interested in a particular engineering design firm because they specialize in sustainable designs. I was surprised to hear that this was one of her major considerations. A quick Google search showed that going green is one way to attract and retain talent, especially Millennials. One study showed that 64% of Millennials consider a business’ social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work.
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On an unusually cold spring morning in April, my husband and I volunteered to hand out water at the RUN CRANDIC race to raise money for local schools. When all the runners had passed, we were told to put only the cups in the special garbage bags because they were compostable. Compostable cups? I had never heard of such a thing, but it seemed environmentally friendly. It made me happy.
The Hardest Part of Software Project Management
I have been a software engineer and project manager for over 20 years. Can you guess what I’ve found to be the hardest part of managing software engineer projects? It isn’t persuading the engineers to put aside their running shoes and holey T-shirts for customer visits. It’s not riot prevention when the coffee pot breaks down. It’s figuring out how much it’s going to cost to build the software and then persuading the customer that that’s really how much it costs to build the software. As a rule of thumb, if the price feels right the first time you hear it, it’s too low.