Mike Scopino is a Product Design Manager at KAYAK. He applies his 15+ years as a full-stack designer to enhancing the user experience of planning and booking travel for millions of travelers around the globe. As a leader, Mike is dedicated to growing and empowering the unique individuals within the KAYAK design team to excel both personally and professionally. He approaches his work with a pragmatic, data-driven mindset and a dedication to continuous improvement.
We will delve into the age-old debate about whether it is more beneficial to become a generalist, having a broad knowledge base in numerous areas, or a specialist, focusing in-depth on a particular aspect of software development.
The debate will be centered around four key questions:
1. Companies need speed - which is more efficient?
2. Which is more effective?
3. Is it easier to become an expert or learn base level in multiple areas?
4. Is it safer for your career to be a generalist versus specialist