Recently, I was talking to my nephew about jobs. The conversation was centered around how jobs have changed, how requirements are different and why there’s so many new job titles appearing. For example, we didn’t have Chief Innovation Officers that long ago… also, the one I quite like, are Big Data Scientists. Sounds like they are really clever.. and to be fair, the ones I know, are.

Nephew, change is gonna come.

It’s true. In fact, it’s happening right now. For example, if we go back around 20 years ago, most executives and managers had secretaries and administrators to write their memo’s… read memo’s and letters they’d received, schedule calendar events, organise meetings, etc… With technology, the need for a secretary/admin person has been diminished. There was the ‘Blackberry’, sorry, there is the ‘Blackberry’ as it’s still around, which could do most of those tasks. Now, with newer phones and devices, you can do a lot more by yourself, not needing someone.

Talking about needing someone, well you don’t really. There’s even robot’s that have been developed, with whom, if you wanted to, make love to! Who needs ‘Date Night’?!

And with technology, the emotional side of things also increase. For example, Robots being able to pick up emotions, tone of the voice, feelings, etc… and being able to respond back. Don’t forget, they’re all programmed, so what-ever they know, and how they react will be the right way – and on top of that, if it’s unsure of a situation, through a clever learning process, it’ll learn about new situations and events, and act accordingly. And this is especially important for all the men out there – if you’re like me, you’re probably always saying the wrong things at the wrong time in the wrong place.

Yes, there’s been films and documentaries on this. And yes, it is scary. But going back to my point of change.. a lot of the jobs that exist today, will not exist in the future.

Taxi/Bus Drivers – Driverless cars (which are already being tested)

Doctors and Nurses – Computers, Cameras and Scanners  – machinery that can understand and diagnose what may be the problem with your health.

Designers – don’t even need them! – “An algorithm has usurped the traditional role of a designer to generate millions of unique packaging designs for Nutella.”, shown in the video below….

There’s so many examples… look at how retail is changing. More and more grocery stores are opting for the ‘self-checkouts’ in their physical stores. And I say physical stores, because there’s more and more on-line shopping taking place, where you don’t even need a physical presence.

This blog, which is about lean thinking in a digital world, has a header image… I think that answers for a lot that is going on. A lot of start-ups are challenging traditional thinking. A number of entrepreneurs are looking for ways in which they can do something a lot more easier. I think it was Bill Gates who said, if there’s a task to be done, he’ll find the laziest person to do it, as they’ll find the easiest way to do it.

Think of anything. Think of its process. And make it simple. It’s as easy as that. That’s the basic fundamentals of Lean Thinking. The Digital World part… is introducing, if not already done so, new technology to the process. With that mix, you’ve got something exciting…