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the presentation I gave to Jazoon plus some minor updates. 2012

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  • Who will support your career ?
  • But how do I get to know me better?
  • Can I say about me this thing?
  • Can I say about me this thing?
  • Expert ?BAD NEWSYou need to budget 10 years of effort in the same subject area AND practice in an environment where: Tasks are well defined (for your level of expertise)Tasks are challenging & doable The environment (context) gives you feedback that you can useThe environment provides opportunities for repetition and correction GOOD NEWSOnce you become an expert in one field, it becomes much easier to gain experience in another (acquisition skills, model-building abilities
  • Skills and abilities we constantly use/practice will begin to dominate and more of our brain will become wired for these purposes“use it or loose it”: want to be a better task estimator? Practice more task estimations and retrospectives
  • Do not create general rules and ask the experts to follow them,so do not alienate experienced practitioners in favor of novices
  • Every day: thousands of new books available to our Engineers, practically we can provide anything they ask for their training, in a legal wayNew hire: assign a coach and encourage to find a mentor Weekly: Study group/self-study every Monday morning; mandatoryWeekly: Self study or open sessions (ad-hoc subjects) every Friday eveningWeekly: Group of ….(UI automation QA, UI Developers, Spring study group,…)Monthly: Technical presentations – tech & findings in our projectsMonthly: Enlightening talk and a session of pair programming (usually one of the Monday morning)3- 6 months: Review all our career plans, re-evaluate, re-start 3-6 months: Identify/review key areas where we need to grow our staff, on both Generalist path and Specialist path6-12 months: Identify Coaches in each area (es. Performance testing, UI Dev, Messaging, etc, etc)Yearly: Certification plan & Fundamental skills for Jr/MidsYearly: Grow tech skills for Mid/Sr/leads – conferences, leadership trainingsDecide & Inspect & Adapt
  • We go home and have opportunities to learn more or do more and naturally to grow more. And if we are humble, not proud or blind we will understand that There is always new development to do on us. And this is a long, a lifelong commitment to improve our lives (not by working more, not by ruining our families) but by improving our careers in that unique way that applies to us and that allow us to do what we love in both personal and professional life.

Lessons learned in agile career development   jazoon 2012 Lessons learned in agile career development jazoon 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Lessons learnedin Agile CareerDevelopmentIonel CONDORSDL365
  • Agenda About me The objective of this presentation Misconceptions about Career Development Lessons from the past Lessons from our times Lessons from cognitive science – a model of skill acquisition Lessons from community - career dilemmas and false friends along the way Try & Error lessons from my experience Lessons from book authors - reading recommendations 2 @ionel_condor
  • About meWork Mid/Sr Dev Jr Dev Dev Dev Dev Dev Lead Jr PM PM PM Jr Dev Dev Dev Manager Man ManLife Jr Husband and Father 3 @ionel_condor
  • The objective of this presentation Are these Diamonds or just shards of glass? One of these can be YOUR Career ! 4 @ionel_condor
  • Some recent data about us and our jobs 5 @ionel_condor
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  • Misconceptions about Career Development 7 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past No formal Career Development 8 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past I am a busy Manager …but I give you some reading options  9 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past HR offers some soft skills trainings …But you still have many options to improve your hard skills 10 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past Our parents were asked this: “Where you will be in 10-20 years ?” 11 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past Comprehensive, nice on paper What about ? Follow up ? Metrics ? Feedback ? Up to date ? Real ? Personalization ? 12 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past or • “There Is No Career Ladder” (see Harvard Business Review) • “Career Plans Are Dangerous” (see Harvard Business Review) 13 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from the past EVERYBODY WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD BUT NOBODY WANTS TO CHANGE @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our times 15 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our times• You need to support your career• Get busy living or get busy dying• Stay Agile and iterate, always in a permanent beta• Follow the cheese• Adaptability creates Stability• Analyze your n years of experience• Watch out the arrogance that comes from success• Watch out your predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification 16 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our times IF IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU WILL FIND A WAY. IF NOT, YOU „LL FIND AN EXCUSE. 17 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our times Look for an opportunity to practice it ! Good Love ? At Doing Asked Routine ? to do at work Learn and Practice ! 18 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our timesFactors for success: Inhibitors: • Drive & Passion • Lack of belief in • Leadership self • Networking • Fear of Risk • Poor • Integrity Communication • Luck & Timing • Procrastination • Intellect • Lack of passion • Taking risks • Greed and ego • Planning But how do I get to know me better? 19 @ionel_condor
  • SWOT Analysis S W TRENGTHS EAKNESSES • List them here • List them here Internal factors O T PPORTUNITIES HREATS External • List them here • List them here factors Positive Negative @ionel_condor
  • Or a simple one 21 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our timesAsk yourself some tough questions What am I selling so special? First, Faster, Only, Better, Cheaper than others Is it Skills, Energy, Passion, Adaptability to Change, Quick decision maker, Risk taking, Communication skills, Networking, Good planning, High quality, …, …. ? 22 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our timesAsk yourself some tough questions When thousands of low cost people overseas can do my job, why I am so special? First, Faster, Only, Better, Cheaper than others Is it Skills, Energy, Passion, Adaptability to Change, Quick decision maker, Risk taking, Communication skills, Networking, Good planning, High quality, …, …. ? 23 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our timesAsk yourself some tough questions I am in Top 50 in my profession in my town because I am the First, Faster, Only, Better, Cheaper than others Is it Skills, Energy, Passion, Adaptability to Change, Quick decision maker, Risk taking, Communication skills, Networking, Good planning, High quality, …, …. ? 24 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our timesAsk yourself some tough questionsWhat is a day in the life of my company when I am not there and I do not add value ? Do they miss my Skills, Energy, Passion, Adaptability to Change, Quick decision maker, Risk taking, Communication skills, Networking, Good planning, High quality, …, …. ? 25 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from our times 26 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from cognitive science – a model oflearning Expert Needs to be Proficient put in a Needs context that Competent unhindered favors his practice and intuition and Needs real the big creativity Advanced world Beginner general exposure, Pro picture, SysteNovice Needs simple, cess Oriented m Oriented controlledNeeds simulationsrecipes, monitoring andfirstsuccesses 27 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from cognitive science – a model oflearning Tasks So you want to become Env an Expert? 10 years of effort 28 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from cognitive science – a model oflearning 29 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the way A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A SKILLFUL SAILOR ! 30 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the way• specialist/generalist• architect/manager/project manager/business roles• Peter‟s principle• layer vs. feature 31 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the wayAnti patterns:• sheep dip• time constraints• lack of SMART objectives• lack of coaches and mentors• inadequate learning• inadequate reading• memory/brain bugs 32 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the way Winners do not carry losers !!!as AdvancedBeginners 33 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the wayKeep practice: “if youthink you are standingfirm, be careful that youdont fall!” (The HolyBible)ill remainas Advanced Beginners 34 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the wayWatch out: Most peopleare and will remain asAdvanced Beginners 35 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the wayUse it or loose it !!! 36 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the wayFavor rules for Novicesand Intuition plusCreativity for ExpertsBeginners 37 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the wayDo not creategeneral rulesAdvanced Beginners 38 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas andfalse friends along the way There is no substitute (rule, tool, standard, process, methodology) for thinking and communicationAdvanced Beginners 39 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from community - career dilemmas and false friends along the way Credits to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni 40 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experience 41 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experienceDoes your company offer you also the time to study ? Should it ?• Monday morning “Career Plan”• Friday in the afternoon • “Ad-hoc presentations”• Are you doing your part ? 40h-20h rule 42 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experienceDaily WeeklySafari Books MonthlyWork with a Individual &coach & Group Study 3-6 Months Presentationsmentor 6-12 Months Enlightening Revisit talks Career Sessions of Objectives pair Identify Certification programming needs & plans coaches Conferences Inspect & Leadership Adapt trainings 43 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experience 44 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experience 45 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experience 46 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experience 47 @ionel_condor
  • Try & Error lessons from my experience Books Podcasts User Groups Public or Private/In house Conferences RSS Readers for Blogs Group study / group presentations / group practice Daily Code Kata s It‟s about….. THE JOURNEY 48 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from book authors - readingrecommendations @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from book authors - readingrecommendations 50 @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from book authors - readingrecommendations @ionel_condor
  • Lessons from book authors - readingrecommendations @ionel_condor
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE ANDMAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU Blog: http://ionelcondor.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @ionel_condor Email: ionel_condor@yahoo.com …and let‟s keep our career in a permanent beta !!! 53 @ionel_condor
  • Bibliography• Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha: “The Start-up of You”• Sam LightStone: “Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great”• Andy Hunt: “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware” 54 @ionel_condor