Responsibility for your learning (?)

Since I’ve heared Maruks Gärtner’s talk about self education at #agileTD I’m thinking about two things mostly:

    1. What from the techniques & possibilities Markus spoke about, shall I try first?
  • Pretty easy how to solve this: Browsing the net to get more information about the different approaches, prioritize them, and start.

    1. Is it me who is responsible for my own learning?
  • Here I -how to say?- agree only partially to Markus. For Markus statement, and in the context given by him, I do agree totally:

    Who Is In Charge of your learning?

    Markus introduced his topic and asked the question

    Who is in charge of your career?

    Your boss, your employer, your family, your school teachers….nope…..you. Yes, just you.

    Markus then made a very pertinent point „If you find yourself unemployed in a years time, things you do now will all be contributing to you being employed quickly again.“

    (Quoted from thesocialtester)

    As said, here I agree totally to Markus, and I don’t have any problem with this: If I’m interested in doing things (no matter if for my private pleasure, or for work-related things) I’m not able to at the moment, I try to learn about it, to aquire the necessary necessary expertise. So no need to discuss this further (from my point of view).

    But what if I have a look at this from an employer’s point of view? To my understanding, if a software company wants to build a good quality product, which is build using present-day processes/ methologies, using cutting-edge technology, the company needs to support their employees in gathering the necessary knowledge about this (if they don’t have them yet). To me this means: Buying books, sending the employees to trainings or conferences, etc. and paying for this. Of course it’s then up to take this chance and learn as much as is offered to him.

    Example: #agileTD
    My employer send me there, paid a flight to Berlin, the hotel, and also the conference fee. But now it’s up to me to

    1. learn as much as possible from this, and
    2. try to bring as much as possible from which I’ve heard an learned into the company.
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    1. Oh, I agree on this, too. Though you shouldn’t rely your skill development on what your employer thinks you should attend. Uncle Bob Martin calls it the 40/20 rule. Work 40 hours per week for your employer, and bring him the value for employing you. But beyond this spend 20 hours per week on your personal development, including learning new techniques, technologies, practices, read book, hear podcasts, whatever you like.

      In Pragmatic Thinking & Learning – Refactor your wetware from Andy Hunt as well as the Passionate Programmer from Chad Fowler you can see this in action. For Hunt explains how to learn new things, and let your mind get the right freedom to accept new things. For Fowler, he explains how to get a competitive advantage over software programmers in India by making yourself special deliberately. Learn this new thing, so you don’t only know what ISTQB is, but also what else there could be, and can apply the techniques – or at least learn about them very quickly.

      Nice that you loved my presentation. I will add some thoughts for EuroSTAR there as well. Keep up the good work.

    2. Hey Markus, I enjoyed the slides and the general points of the talk. Was there an audio or video recording of it?

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