Rising stars or shooting stars

I have lamented in the past about organization structures in India that promote people to dizzying heights in a short span of time. These people are the ‘rising stars’ and they never gain expertise in any field. They pick a plum technical project to work on so that the next appraisal process favors them not because they are experts but because they are part of a highly visible team that boosted the financial success of the firm.

This is from ‘The Five stages of Capacity Planning’ by H Pat Artis

“Because capacity planning in this stage is a high visibility special project, it is often assigned to rising stars who will have long since been promoted by the time of the next planning cycle occurs.”

These rising stars are shooting stars who do not continue as technical leads and a newer crop of junior people take their place leading to standards that fall precipitously.