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  • Writer's pictureLuda Fux

From Continuous Delivery to Continuous Learning: Enhancing Team Growth

In an industry where technologies are constantly evolving, it's crucial for companies to encourage their employees to grow and adapt. Over the years, I've seen two main strategies employed to promote learning within companies, though both have their shortcomings.


Common Approaches to Learning

Typically, companies fall into one of those 2 categories when it comes to fostering learning:

  1. Self-Learning: Developers are expected to learn on their own, improving through personal initiative and hands-on experience.

  2. Periodic Meetups: Companies organize regular office meetups where employees showcase something they’ve worked on or learned.


The Flaws of Self-Learning

The first approach often leaves developers isolated and reliant on their own initiative. This might work for the most proactive individuals, but it's not effective for the majority. As a result, many employees risk becoming stagnant and outdated in their skills.


The Flaws of Periodic Meetups

I refer to this as the "continuous delivery" of knowledge. Though well-intentioned, this approach also has significant limitations. First of all, usually it is the confident or senior employees who end up presenting during these periodic meetups. This leaves the beginners mostly out of the loop. Additionally, for this to be sustainable, developers need to consistently have new content to present and the confidence to share it. However, the reality is that groundbreaking new information doesn't emerge frequently and developers do not learn it/practice it thoroughly enough to present it in front of a large audience to sustain regular meetups. Consequently, these sessions often lose momentum and die out.


Embracing Continuous Learning

Instead of focusing on continuous delivery, I believe the emphasis should be on continuous learning. Here's how this can be achieved:

  • Watch Together: View and discuss videos from conferences like WWDC and other industry events.

  • Courses and Articles: Engage in online courses and read relevant articles, followed by group discussions on their applicability and insights.

  • Book Clubs: Read industry-related books together and have regular discussions about the concepts and ideas presented.

This approach promotes an environment of continuous learning and open communication. It encourages team members to feel more confident about not knowing something because everyone is constantly evolving. These discussions foster a culture of openness, camaraderie, and collaborative problem-solving.


Benefits of Continuous Learning

The benefits of this method are manifold:

  • Enhanced Skill Development: Regular, diverse learning opportunities make everyone better developers.

  • Stronger Team Dynamics: Open discussions and shared learning experiences build trust and closeness among team members.

  • Increased Innovation: A culture of continuous learning encourages the sharing of new ideas and approaches, driving innovation within the team.

By shifting the focus to continuous learning, companies can create a more dynamic, knowledgeable, and cohesive team. This not only improves individual skills but also enhances the overall performance and innovation capacity of the team. In the fast-paced world of technology, this approach ensures that everyone stays current and capable of meeting new challenges head-on.


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