Millennials, also known as Generation Y or Gen Y, are the generational demographic cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z who were born in early 1980s. Millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S. labor force (25% of APAC workforce) and will comprise more than 75% of the workforce by 2025. Not only that, Millennials now have the most spending power of any generation, which means that creating a work environment that they can thrive in matters more than ever.

Let's see some of the interesting charateristics of millennial,

  • Collaborative:
    • They send a median of 50 texts a day.
  • Socially connected:
    • They have the highest average number of Facebook friends, with an average of 250 friends vs. Generations X's 200.
  • Multi-taskers:
    • In the age of information overload, millennials are able to consume and assimilate more information than ever.
  • Tech Savvy:
    • With an internet enabled smartphone, they spend roughly around 4 hours per day consuming the online content through app or browsers.

and much more. As more and more millennials enter the workforce and redfine the workplace productivity, how can organization and agile coaches prepare themselves to nuture and coach the millennials to realize organization/project goals and deliver value to business?

I will also talk about the challenges while dealing the millennials (as compared to Gen X workers who were managed from top-down), coaching models, skills that can help agile coaches to maximize the potential of the millennials, exploiting the characteristics of the millennials to improve productivity and do's and don't while coaching millennials.

I've presented this in one of the PlayScrum Meetups Chennai as well and have received awesome repsonse from the participants.


Outline/Structure of the Presentation

Presentation will be on the below agenda:

  • (5 mins) Introduction and personality traits of millennials
  • (5 mins) Evolution of behaviours @ workplace
  • (5 mins) Coaching challenges
  • (5 mins) Skills needed for Agile coach
  • (10 mins) Coaching models and frameworks
  • (5 mins) Coaching techniques, do's and don't while coaching millenials
  • (5 mins) Things that Organizations can do
  • (5 mins) Q&A?

Learning Outcome

  • Able to understand millennials charateristics
  • Learn about the workplace behaviours about different generations and millennials
  • Learn about different skills needed for coaching millennial generation
  • Techniques on coaching millennials
  • Learn about the agile coaching models tailored for millennials.
  • Do's and Dont's while coaching millennials

Target Audience

Scrum Master, Agile Coaches, Project Managers, Program Managers, Business Leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees

  • Exposure to Agile and Coaching
  • Exposure to millennial work culture

schedule Submitted 8 months ago

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  • Peter Stevens
    By Peter Stevens  ~  7 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • topic, visual presentation

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • All of the data presented is either based on US data or not sourced. What evidence is there that this applies to india and asia? Can you provide Indian or other Asian examples?
    • Slides are very text heavy and/or have small diagrams. Can you split complex concepts onto multiple slides and/or use more visual representations. Imagine someone in the fourth row of tables is trying to read you slides.  
    • Ramkumar Arumugam
      By Ramkumar Arumugam  ~  7 months ago
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      Thanks Peter for the feedback. I will make changes to the presentation based on your inputs and will share it in next couple of days.


      • Ramkumar Arumugam
        By Ramkumar Arumugam  ~  6 months ago
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        Hi Peter,

        I've made the changes as per your feedback and uploaded the modified version of the presentation. Please review and let me know for any questions or clarifications.

        Please note that this is only draft version and will change the look and feel and make it presentation friendly in next iteration.