Lunch + Learn: How to Effectively Train Your Teams
Like most web development companies, Web Essentials struggled to find a solution to provide training that appealed to all staff, was time-efficient and would fit into everyone's different schedules. After all, there's work to do, deadlines to meet – how can we find time to do the training? And who's going to lead it?
Earlier this year, Web Essentials found a new way of training our staff. Gone are the days of long sessions in front of a projector listening to someone preach about a topic we already know, or that simply didn't apply to us.
Introducing 'Lunch + Learn' – A casual setting where a team member shares about a topic to a group of interested listeners – all while munching on their sandwiches (or in our case, a plate of rice coupled with roast pork and soup).
Each Friday, a presenter is given the opportunity to share about what they've learned from a project, a new technology they've discovered and “How To's” are common too. Basically any subject can be presented (granted that it's related to our business) by anyone in the company – designers, HR and production members. This openness allows an array of topics to be shared giving staff the chance to tap into areas they wouldn't normally come across in their day to day tasks. Designers are becoming familiar with TYPO3 integration, developers are learning how to incorporate formulas in LibreOffice and the basics of Payment Gateways.
We've found this informal training to be effective as participants can join according to their availability and interests, and leaders can easily organize it. When there's more than one topic, people split into groups. The casualness provides a safe environment for staff to ask questions they normally shy away from in larger settings. The small group also means one-on-one assistance is more readily available.
Up to now, this has been the most practical and effective way we've found to do training. How does your company provide training?
Topics that have been presented
- How to make your webmail more secure with 2 step authentication
- TYPO3 v6.1 - What’s new?
- Cross-browser testing with SauceLabs
- Composer - Package dependencies managemen