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How to objectively assess your own proficiency level

By now, we are all painfully aware of 2 concepts when it comes to skills: The Dunning-Kruger Effect , which describes a situation where a person with a low proficiency/capability in a subject doesn't even know enough to assess their own capability. As a result, they assume that the little bit of…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-07-05
Skills Development

Learning Software Development is like building a jigsaw puzzle

I like building jigsaw puzzles. Not as much as my wife does, to be sure, but I definitely enjoy it. The thing is: I don't really understand why this is an enjoyable activity. You spend days or weeks patiently assembling a picture that you can quite easily see on the box, and when it's done, even…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-06-22
Skills Development

Is it possible to define proficiency levels for technical skills?

A consistent and very unfortunate aspect of the software engineering profession is that we don't have clearly defined proficiency standards like other professions and trades. As a result, companies are forced to "roll-their-own" proficiency verification processes. This results in tedious applicant…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-04-20
Skills Development

Exploring the open standards for skills-related data

If there's one lesson I've learnt over many years in the technology sector, it's that the problems you're solving today have definitely been solved by someone else already. Generally by someone smarter than you who also happens to have more background knowledge than you :) The challenge lies in…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-03-31
Skills Development

Creating a domain model for the skills development domain

There are many difficulties related to solution development. One of the key stumbling blocks for many of us is the tendency to focus on the solution before we properly understand the problem. For me (and many other people smarter than me) a critical tool to overcome this tendency is the Domain Model…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-03-23
Skills Development

Towards a skills framework for solution development

In the context of solution development, the word "Skill" is a difficult one. Partly, because the field of solution development is so broad: It includes the business side of running development projects, the creative side of design, the technical aspects of architecture and engineering and even…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-03-04
Skills Development

Defining the DevSkillDojo purpose

After sharing my initial (half-baked) plans for DevSkillDojo with some trusted friends and colleagues, I was made very aware that I need to be clearer about what I am REALLY trying to achieve here. Of course, I knew this, but it took some time for the thoughts to coalesce into a cohesive purpose…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-02-26
Skills Development

Exploring the skills problem – From a tech lead’s perspective

When we talk about a skills shortage in the software development industry, everyone nods their heads. This is a good and a bad thing. Good , because at least it is a generally acknowledged problem. Bad , because the thought is so pervasive that we simply accept it as both true and inevitable. And…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-02-19
Skills Development

Let's Begin

For the last 6-12 months I’ve been toying with an idea. Unfortunately the idea was not fully formed, and, full disclosure, it is still quite half-baked. However, the implications of just trudging aimlessly forward are too significant to ignore. So, with a half-baked idea in mind, I decided to quit…

Author: Greg Fullard
Posted On 2020-02-16
Skills Development

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