There Is No Talent Shortage

Velocity Culture, Beekman Parlor
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Many organizations believe they are in a struggle to recruit and retain technical talent. While most recognize the time new hires require to become familiar and productive, few organizations have a training component built into their onboarding, and even less emphasize ongoing learning as part of the process.

The evidence suggests learning cultures have significant advantages, not only in productivity and quality, but also in attracting and retaining the best people, yet many seem reluctant to invest. Or maybe they just don’t know how?

This presentation will combine research from different disciplines on learning and culture together with my personal anecdotes from involvement as a developer, a manager, a founder, a tutor, and a consultant about the impact of learning on people and organizations.

I came across a dissertation from 2009, ‘Organizational Learning Culture’s Influence on Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, and Turnover Intention among R&D Professionals in Taiwan during an Economic Downturn’ Hsiu-Yen Hse, which had compiled a number of interesting statistics, but more importantly led me to a number of other models and papers on organizational learning.

I would like to present some of these models while trying to make them relevant with context and narrative.

People should leave the presentation with references to research supporting the benefits of organizational learning, a method to self assess organizational learning and some practical ideas for improving organizational learning.

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Andrew Clay Shafer


Some people are born to web operations and some people have it thrust upon them. Andrew Co-founded Reductive Labs and worked to help organizations build better systems with better tools. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods.

Andrew really likes to help teams navigate the technology Renaissance triple point between people, process and tools.

Andrew is interested in conversation about almost anything. His two sons and wife think he is pretty cool. He is definitely a villager.

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Brian boelsterli
10/16/2013 12:56pm EDT

Andrew needs to be THE keynote speaker at the next Velocity conference. I would also encourage him to speak at perhaps a lean or agile conference. Brilliant, refreshing, accurate. ....”The fastest learner wins” applies here…


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