• Jul 07
    2014
    In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell said you need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an elite performer. A study that was published last week suggests that the most popular interpretation of the 10,000-hour rule - i.e., that much practice will make you an expert - is misguided. While your training course development efforts probably don't include providing for 10,000 hours of student practice, we are all interested in ...
  • Jun 30
    2014
    A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space about how Google's workforce is only 30% women. I was suggesting that technology training could prove to be a path to technology careers for women. This week I am writing to explain just how wrong-headed I might have been in that post. I was looking at the wrong end of the problem of gender in technology. I quoted a scholar/activist named ...
  • Jun 16
    2014
    In January, I posted here about the importance of learning reinforcement in training course development. Reinforcement helps to ensure the transfer of training back to the job. "As a trainer," I wrote, "anything you can do to keep the content active in the learner's mind until it is transferred to more permanent memory will reduce the information loss and improve learning." I based this in part on remarks by Peter ...
  • Jun 02
    2014
    If you work in technology or technology training, you may be troubled by the sector's diversity problem. So, you have to hand it to Google. After years of hesitancy about discussing the diversity of its workforce, on May 28, a blog post written by Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations, laid out the facts. Google’s ethnic and gender makeup is, according to Bock, “miles from where we want to ...
  • Apr 14
    2014
    More than 30 vendors - ranging from Apple to VMWare - offer certification programs in their software and systems. But there are also more than 25 independent or third-party IT certification programs for IT professionals. You can be certified in anything from project management to network support to application development for specific platforms. But the most rapidly growing area for professional IT certifications is no doubt mobile technology. This stands ...
  • Apr 07
    2014
    At Logical Operations, one of our fields of emphasis is Information Technology Training, so we try to keep tabs on the technology skills that are getting the most attention. Right now, that means the skills associated with Big Data. Everybody wants to get in on this booming field. In a blog post last December, we reported on a survey that suggested the top five skills in big data analytics are ...
  • Mar 31
    2014
    I was driving south on the New Jersey Turnpike, and I stopped at the Vince Lombardi service area. The Vince Lombardi service area is a windswept carousel of access roads, on-ramps, and off-ramps frequented by seagulls, oversized semi-trucks, and dazed motorists. It's not the kind of place I do my best thinking, but it may be comparable, in terms of stress and the environment in which the participants in your ...
  • Mar 24
    2014
    At Logical Operations, we believe deeply in instructor-led training as an effective path to training solutions. This is partly because instructor-led training is so well-adapted to our market. When your company has a need for training, it's rarely the case that you need new expertise. You almost always need to extend the expertise you already have. Well-crafted instructor-led training lets you use your own experts as instructors. It's a fast ...