programming careers

When There is a Skills Gap, Industry Needs to Fix It

A number of industries are going through a skills gap crisis - or are looking down the barrel of one.  In manufacturing, an aging workforce means that in the next 10 years retirement will free up 3.5 million jobs - and because of the skills gap, 2 million of them will likely go unfilled.

This scenario is not limited to manufacturing and yet the root cause is the same.  These industries have not managed their workforce pipeline with a long term plan.

A Sense of Software Craftsmanship

When leaders view software development as an assembly line, they expose themselves to a lot of pain: overages, missed timelines, and disappointed customers. These consequences are the painful ones that earn the attention of management. However, there is a graver consequence: your master craftspeople are ashamed of their work. This shame is viral - the next developer that maintains this code will also become defeated, and the shame will pass down, developer by developer, until the business can no longer afford the lost productivity and buys something new.

The Open Source Apprenticeship Model

The software industry is facing a workforce shortage of unprecedented proportions.  

The bureau of labor statistic is projecting a shortage of 1 million people over the next five years, when they compare the number of jobs that will be posted that require a Computer Science degree with the number of graduates the university system will be able to turn out within that same time window.  Looking at this huge gap, it's time fot the industry to look at vocational programming schools and apprenticeships as a viable way to solve this problem.

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