What The Software Industry Needs the Most
For almost 50 years I’ve seen the software industry continuously expand. This has had the demand for qualified people outstrip the supply. It greatly expanded with the PC in the early 80s. 15 yrs ago it was regarding Agile & now it’s regarding Agile@scale. This will continue.
How can we bring this under control? Throughout this time there has been one constant–attempting to solve it with in classroom training and coaching. This has never been cost-effective, being both expensive and ineffective (little is retained from training that doesn’t have people actually do real work). More recently the industry has gotten so enamored w/frameworks that most training is in frameworks & not in what to actually do.
The solution? Actually simple.
Provide training via scaled learning methods on what people actually do and in an on-the-job manner. A self-directed support system with remote support should also be provided, greatly reducing the need for expensive onsite coaching. The improvement in cost per learning can be dramatic:
- 2x material delivered via better training methods
- 40% lower delivery cost with better training methods
- 10x better retention
This literally improves ROI by up to 50x. I know this sounds dramatic–it is. It’s also possible.