Most Technical Training Is Ineffective For One Reason
It’s the classic hard skills vs soft skills problem.
Technical Talent Need - and Want - To Learn in Labs
Gathering data facilitates continuous program improvement in real time. Learners complete pre-assessments before the first day of class to gauge their skill levels and experience. Each course also distributes a mid-class survey to gather feedback, like, “oh, this is so slow” or “labs are great. Interested in advanced concepts.” These enable real-time course shifts. Then post-survey, the instructor can speed up or slow down according to learner’s specific needs. “If you wait until the end of a class to ask what’s going on, forget it,” said Patrick Keating, Business Development, DevelopIntelligence. “We also do an After Action Review.”
Data analysis shows that creating personalized learning for technical talent has strong correlations to both market performance and greater learning effectiveness and retention. With that in mind, Macy’s did not hesitate to invest in some 92 courses throughout 2018, including Java, Python, Node.js, React, and other technologies. The investment equalled 229 training days and more than 1,830 instructor-led classroom hours. The popular retailer created a true partnership with DevelopIntelligence resulting in five consulting engagements in machine learning, user experience design teamwork, a TechEDP training program, and evaluation and attendance administration.