Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Training

Let me start with, I love my company, and am very happy where I'm at. I wasn't always that way. At one point in time there were major problems there. And many of those problems started with training.

Training was considered an "after you need it" item at the time. If we purchased a new technology, or already decided that we were going to do something different, then and only then would a few select individuals get to go to training. In the department of about 30 developers, there were maybe 5 that were getting to attend training or a conference every year. It was always same people, and everyone else was left out. Those few were then expected to return to work and pass on their newly acquired knowledge to the rest of us.

The list of things wrong here is long. The rest of us felt left out, mad, heck - flat out pissed off. We didn't understand why we were never allowed to go to training. We didn't understand why training was only after the fact. IT is a fast paced world, and you have to be ahead of the curve on training or you fall too far behind.

We built business cases for why training was good. Found studies on the internet to support our reasoning, and submitted it. Only to find out that no, we weren't getting more training.

Then there was a changing of the guard. A new boss came in. He walked into a company with a lot of people complaining about a lot of things. One thing he really supported though was training.

Since that time the training budget has gone up a lot, training is available to everyone now, and we get to choose what to go to, not go to something after the fact.

Training has been a huge moral booster the past 2 years, and it's helped improve skills. Being able to go away to training and learn something, then come back and apply it is exhilarating, and exciting.

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