Developing Software Developers: A story about apprenticeship programs

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Developing Software Developers: A story about apprenticeship programs

  1. 1. DevelopingSoftwareDevelopersA story about apprenticeship programsby @DaveHoover
  2. 2. My StoryA child and family therapist from 1996-2000Learned HTML in 1999Joined Edventions in 2000, learned Perl to keepmy jobStarted “apprenticing” in 2002Wrote a book about “apprenticing” in 2005Started Obtiva’s apprenticeship program in 2007Grew the program at Groupon in 2011-2012Friday was my last day at Groupon
  3. 3. Finallypublishedin 2009
  4. 4. Why apprenticeship?Mainstream hiring models are too narrowUntold thousands of high potential, low credential,underemployed people availableGrow people into your cultureEngenders loyalty in both your apprentices andyour mentorsSeeds a culture of learning inside your teams
  5. 5. Viable Cultures of Learning?
  6. 6. Ideal Competency Continuum
  7. 7. How does it work?An experienced practitioner, willing to mentorA team and project, within reachEmphasis on culture over curriculum, surroundedby growthContributing in the trenchesPet project for safe explorationStructured feedback loops at multiple levels
  8. 8. ResultsFrom Obtiva, Groupon, Hashrocket, 8th Light58 apprentices54 succeeded, 93% success rate80% still with the companies after 5 yearsStarting salary: $73k (Chicago, Jacksonville)Age range: 19-42, typically early/mid-20’s
  9. 9. Lessons LearnedTimeboxing into milestonesScheduled decision points1:1 ratio, 1:1 relationshipOrganic curriculumStill need to crack the inclusion nut
  10. 10. Next stepsCritically high US un/under-employment for thoseunder age 2550% of US employers cannot fill skilled rolesGoal: Help start 1000 apprenticeship programsinside of businesses and organizations across thecountryPaper:https://s3.amazonaws.com/apprentice.us/Apprenticeship-Programs.pdf
  11. 11. Read this.Thanks forlistening.@DaveHoover

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