Developing Software Developers

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From the talk I gave at: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Interactive-Design-Development/events/91382172/

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Developing Software Developers

  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 tokeep my jobStarted “apprenticing” in 2002Wrote a book about “apprenticing” in 2005Started Obtiva’s apprenticeship program in2007Grew the program at Groupon in 2011-2012
  3. 3. Finallypublishedin 2009
  4. 4. Why apprenticeship?Mainstream hiring models are too narrowUntold thousands of high potential, lowcredential, underemployed people availableGrow people into your cultureEngenders loyalty in both your apprenticesand your 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 tomentorA team and project, within reachEmphasis on culture over curriculum,surrounded by 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 very white-male-ish
  10. 10. Next stepsCritically high US un/under-employment forthose under age 2550% of US employers cannot fill skilled rolesGoal: Help start 1000 apprenticeshipprograms inside of businesses andorganizations across the countryPaper: https://s3.amazonaws.com/apprentice.us/Apprenticeship-Programs.pdf
  11. 11. Current step @DaveHooverdevbootcamp.com

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