In this week’s
installment in our 2014 DI Developer
Survey Report
blog series, we explore the motivations behind developer
learning. (Missed the introduction to this series? You
can find it here
.)

The survey
focused on a variety of developer learning preferences. One of these facets of
developer learning was motivation – we wanted to know what drives developers to
spend their time learning about existing and emerging technologies.

Our survey found
that 40% of developers are motivated by curiosity or a desire to improve their
skills. Developers are known to be self-motivated, particularly when it comes
to improving skills or learning new technologies. Keeping this in mind, the
learning plans you design for developers should include planned time to explore
new technologies.

Another top motivator is the desire to be successful in
current and upcoming job tasks. 35% of surveyed developers consider training to
be vital in their ability to successfully complete projects, both now and in
the future. To support this need, your leaning solutions should include
opportunities related to your team’s current projects.

Understanding
what motivates developers to spend their time learning more about technology
will help you design learning programs that better support the “why” behind the
training. Doing so can greatly impact innovation, employee retention, and job
satisfaction.

Next week, we’ll
delve into developers’ preferred methods of learning. You’ll discover what
learning opportunities developers love (and which they hate), helping you get
the most bang for your training buck. We’ll also share ways in which you can
add variety to your learning plans.

Interested in
reading more about developer learning preferences? Download
your free copy of the 2014 DI Developer
Survey Report
today
.

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