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Anatomy of a Virtual Self-Study Group

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Anatomy of a Virtual Self-Study Group

  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. Innovation "Innovation requires an eye." Tom Kelley Founder IDEO
  9. 9. Innovation Opportunity
  10. 10. Maximizing "Downtime"There are more than 700 hours in a month.Todays "Meetup" less than 7 hours.How can we maximize non-Meetup time? about.me/babon
  11. 11. The 99% SolutionLets meet virtually!No scheduled Meetup time. Meet in your own place. Proceed at your own pace. about.me/babon
  12. 12. How a Virtual Meetup WorksDecide on a topic (technology).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
  13. 13. Virtual Self-Study GroupsStarted January 1, 2011PHP Percolate!Season 1 -- January thru April, 2011Season 2 -- May thru August, 2011Season 3 -- September thru December, 2011Season 4 -- September thru December, 2012 about.me/babon
  14. 14. Virtual Self-Study GroupsjQuery jAMSeason 1 -- September thru December, 2011Season 1.5 -- April thru June, 2012Season 2 -- November thru April, 2013 about.me/babon
  15. 15. Virtual Self-Study GroupsHTML5 BrunchSeason 1 -- January thru April, 2012Season 2 -- November thru January, 2013 about.me/babon
  16. 16. AlumniPHP Percolate! -- 23jQuery jAM -- 28HTML5 Brunch -- 37Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment about.me/babon
  17. 17. Road Map -- TrainingPHP Percolate! Season 5 January thru April, 2013jQuery jAM, Season 3 September, 2013 thru December, 2013HTML5 Brunch, Season 3 February, 2013 thru May, 2013 about.me/babon
  18. 18. Road Map -- ServicesPHP Percolate! Website 2013jQuery jAM Website (beta) November, 2013HTML5 Brunch Website 2013 about.me/babon
  19. 19. What Skills to Focus OnThe Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston about.me/babon
  20. 20. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #20 Ruby | 684 jobs #19 SharePoint | 685 jobs #18 PHP | 780 jobs #17 Ajax | 686 jobs #16 MySQL | 879 jobs Source: Indeed.com about.me/babon
  21. 21. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #15 SaaS | 888 jobs #14 jQuery | 968 jobs #13 UI | 992 jobs #12 social media | 1066 jobs #11 Perl | 1068 jobs Source: Indeed.com about.me/babon
  22. 22. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #10 HTML + CSS | 1179 jobs #9 Python | 1258 jobs #8 Web Services | 1291 jobs #7 C# | 1424 jobs #6 XML | 1493 jobs Source: Indeed.com about.me/babon
  23. 23. The NOT Top 20 #22 Photoshop #33 Illustrator #27 HTML5 #38 Ruby on Rails #29 iOS #41 iPhone #30 Android #50 Drupal #32 Flash #55 WordPress Source: Indeed.com about.me/babon
  24. 24. Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston #5 SQL Server | 1518 jobs #4 JavaScript | 2157 jobs #3 Oracle | 2842 jobs #2 Java | 3505 jobs #1 SQL | 4300 jobs Source: Indeed.com about.me/babon
  25. 25. Opportunities Participate in a group? Lead a Season? Build a Website? about.me/babon
  26. 26. Conclusion Lets narrow the skills gap one chapter at a time! about.me/babon

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