Anatomy of a Virtual Self-     Study Group       The 99% Solution                          about.me/babon
OverviewDefining the Problem● Talent shortage / skills gapOffering a Solution● The virtual self-study groupWhat Skills to ...
Defining the Problem  Talent shortage / skills gap                            about.me/babon
Talent ShortageTop Three Hardest Jobs to Fill● Skilled Trades● Engineers● IT StaffSource: ManpowerGroups 2012 TalentShorta...
The Skills Gap● The majority of U.S. workers (55 percent)  report they are under pressure to develop  additional skills to...
The Support Gap● Only 21 percent of U.S. workers say they  have acquired new skills through company-  provided formal trai...
Offering a Solution The virtual self-study group                          about.me/babon
Maximizing "Downtime"There are more than 700 hours in a month.Todays "Meetup" will approximately 7 hours.How can we maximi...
The 99% SolutionLets meet virtually!No scheduled Meetup time.  Meet in your own place.  Proceed at your own pace.         ...
How a Virtual Meetup WorksDecide on a topic.Purchase the same textbook.Make a commitment to ...● read one chapter per week...
Virtual Self-Study GroupsStarted January 1, 2011PHP Percolate!Season 1 -- January thru April, 2011Season 2 -- May thru Aug...
Virtual Self-Study GroupsjQuery jAMSeason 1 -- September thru December, 2011Season 1.5 -- April thru June, 2012HTML5 Brunc...
AlumniPHP Percolate! -- 17jQuery jAM -- 28HTML5 Brunch -- 36Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment                     ...
Road MapPHP Percolate!  Season 4  September thru December, 2012jQuery jAM  Season 2  November, 2012 thru April, 2013      ...
PHP Percolate! Season 4September thru December, 2012Focus on learning the basics of PHPGo to Boston PHP Meetup announcemen...
jQuery jAM, Season 2November, 2012 thru April, 2013Focus on learning jQuery MobileGo to jQuery jAM beta site              ...
What Skills to Focus OnThe Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston                            about.me/babon
Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #20 Ruby | 117 jobs #19 SharePoint | 124 jobs #18 UI | 136 jobs #17 ASP.NET | 143 jobs #...
Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #15 jQuery | 160 jobs #14 MySQL | 162 jobs #13 PHP | 182 jobs #12 Perl | 189 jobs #11 Py...
Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #10 HTML + CSS | 212 jobs #9 Web Services | 204 jobs #8 Social Media | 223 jobs #7 XML |...
Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #5 SQL Server | 336 jobs #4 JavaScript | 351 jobs #3 Java | 565 jobs #2 Oracle | 609 job...
ConclusionFeedback  Which technologies?Help  Lead a Season?  Help Build a Website?Questions  ???                          ...
Anatomy of a Virtual Self-Study Group
Anatomy of a Virtual Self-Study Group
Anatomy of a Virtual Self-Study Group
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  1. 1. Anatomy of a Virtual Self- Study Group The 99% Solution about.me/babon
  2. 2. OverviewDefining the Problem● Talent shortage / skills gapOffering a Solution● The virtual self-study groupWhat Skills to Focus On● The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston about.me/babon
  3. 3. Defining the Problem Talent shortage / skills gap about.me/babon
  4. 4. Talent ShortageTop Three Hardest Jobs to Fill● Skilled Trades● Engineers● IT StaffSource: ManpowerGroups 2012 TalentShortage Survey about.me/babon
  5. 5. The Skills Gap● The majority of U.S. workers (55 percent) report they are under pressure to develop additional skills to be successful in their current and future jobs.Source: Accenture Skills Gap Study,November, 2011 about.me/babon
  6. 6. The Support Gap● Only 21 percent of U.S. workers say they have acquired new skills through company- provided formal training during the past five years.Source: Accenture Skills Gap Study,November, 2011 about.me/babon
  7. 7. Offering a Solution The virtual self-study group about.me/babon
  8. 8. Maximizing "Downtime"There are more than 700 hours in a month.Todays "Meetup" will approximately 7 hours.How can we maximize non-Meetup time? about.me/babon
  9. 9. The 99% SolutionLets meet virtually!No scheduled Meetup time. Meet in your own place. Proceed at your own pace. about.me/babon
  10. 10. How a Virtual Meetup WorksDecide on a topic.Purchase the same textbook.Make a commitment to ...● read one chapter per week● complete the exercises● post a link to the completed workBoston PHP Message Board about.me/babon
  11. 11. Virtual Self-Study GroupsStarted January 1, 2011PHP Percolate!Season 1 -- January thru April, 2011Season 2 -- May thru August, 2011Season 3 -- September thru December, 2011 about.me/babon
  12. 12. Virtual Self-Study GroupsjQuery jAMSeason 1 -- September thru December, 2011Season 1.5 -- April thru June, 2012HTML5 BrunchSeason 1 -- January thru April, 2012 about.me/babon
  13. 13. AlumniPHP Percolate! -- 17jQuery jAM -- 28HTML5 Brunch -- 36Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment about.me/babon
  14. 14. Road MapPHP Percolate! Season 4 September thru December, 2012jQuery jAM Season 2 November, 2012 thru April, 2013 about.me/babon
  15. 15. PHP Percolate! Season 4September thru December, 2012Focus on learning the basics of PHPGo to Boston PHP Meetup announcement about.me/babon
  16. 16. jQuery jAM, Season 2November, 2012 thru April, 2013Focus on learning jQuery MobileGo to jQuery jAM beta site about.me/babon
  17. 17. What Skills to Focus OnThe Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston about.me/babon
  18. 18. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #20 Ruby | 117 jobs #19 SharePoint | 124 jobs #18 UI | 136 jobs #17 ASP.NET | 143 jobs #16 Ajax | 146 jobs Source: Beantown Web about.me/babon
  19. 19. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #15 jQuery | 160 jobs #14 MySQL | 162 jobs #13 PHP | 182 jobs #12 Perl | 189 jobs #11 Python | 192 jobs Source: Beantown Web about.me/babon
  20. 20. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #10 HTML + CSS | 212 jobs #9 Web Services | 204 jobs #8 Social Media | 223 jobs #7 XML | 264 jobs #6 C# | 274 jobs Source: Beantown Web about.me/babon
  21. 21. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #5 SQL Server | 336 jobs #4 JavaScript | 351 jobs #3 Java | 565 jobs #2 Oracle | 609 jobs #1 SQL | 830 jobs Source: Beantown Web about.me/babon
  22. 22. ConclusionFeedback Which technologies?Help Lead a Season? Help Build a Website?Questions ??? about.me/babon

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