Building complex people systems
When we speak of a new profession(alism), could it be that by focusing on IT we are focusing on the wrong thing?
My other interest besides being a nuisance is railroads. I just read the line "railroads nurtured the new profession of civil engineering in the 19th Century" [...in America. It's one of those "the world ends at the shining seas" books.]
This resonated with me. Can we paraphrase to "Information Technology nurtured the new profession of"... WHAT?
We - or at least I - am always on about the profession of IT or I prefer Information Engineering.
But maybe the real profession isn't about information any more than civil engineering is about railroads. Maybe the profession is about building complex people systems, about - dare I say it - process, and of course the cultural change to introduce/refine/grow that process.
I put it to the audience that the information age, digital technology, and the internet, (and probably some more factors like the rise of the corporation), have all combined to lift people-process to a new level of complexity, just like railroads forced civil engineering to new levels by the railroad's demand for gentle curves and gradients.
The real profession that we see emerging or maturing is.... what?
Systems engineer? (and not as we meant it when that was a trendy IT title)
or is Information Engineer a good description anyway?
or something else...