Training: Vapid or Valuable?

Earlier this year at ChefConf, rabble-rouser Sascha Bates proclaimed that “training is pointless! Why do training when you can just sequester yourself (and maybe your team) away and read a book!” But, within earshot were Julian Dunn and Nathen Harvey, who both lead training for a living. Hilarity ensued, and we decided to mediate the “dispute” for episode 24! We tackle the issue of training, learning styles, and industry technical certifications, as we try to figure out:

Training: Vapid or Valuable?

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella, Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, plus the last couple of weeks in News & Views and another DevOps Dear Abby!

Or, download Episode 24, or any of our previous shows!

Show Links/Notes

DevOps Dear Abby

Adam asks via email:

[I] recently had a discussion with my direct supervisor in which he opened the door to the possibility of me moving into a software development manager position for one of the other dev teams…. While I like the possibility of being a person who can help others facilitate their professional development, I worry about what I might be giving up in going down the management path (namely life as a developer).

I’m wondering if any of the Ship Show crew have any experience with being offered positions in middle-management or other supervisory roles, and if they chose to (or not to) go down that route & what were the factors involved in that decision.

@mikefiedler asks “So why is [there a disconnect between academia and industry], and can/should we change that?”

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Have you had training experiences that made you cringe? Or that you’d gladly recommend? What learning techniques do you feel work the best when you’re trying to understand something new?

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