Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Could Starcraft Measure the Performance of Future Engineers?

When you think of world class engineering talent you probably think in terms of critical thinking and problem solving skills.  In a world focused on sustainability and resilience, those engineers that understand the constraints and opportunities of resource management will be in high demand and this could be another critical skill.  Engineers entering the global workforce face constant change and complexities where disruptive technology and social/economic change call into question everything we thought we knew five years ago.  Engineers had better be very good at adaptive decision making as we look into the future.

How might we measure the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, and adaptive decision making?

Games like Starcraft measure all of the above skill sets - - in the added environment of intense time pressure.  Sounds just like engineering!!!

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