Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A research about developers' education failures

I'm working with a group of teachers, students and ex-students of my university with agile methods, as I already mentioned. In mid December, we've got a project approved with the Brazilian government to research what are the greatest problems that companies find in their developer's education.
We've set up a nice rails (Ruby on Rails) application with our questions to interview project leaders/managers in all sorts of companies. So far we have interviewed around 20 companies in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas (our very small Silicon Valley) and Sao Carlos. There is no clear problem so far but I will be able to give you more information once we compile all the data to generate our report.

This report will be delivered in about 2 or 3 weeks with our conclusions to the responsible institution. Then we hope to request more funding to develop the courses that the companies selected and offer them. The best part of this is that all the material we produce will be available under a Creative Commons license in our website:

Note that the bad part of this is that all will be in Portuguese which means people will have to translate this work to be able to use it somewhere else. Since it's an open research, I hope I will be able to post a link with our report. As they say:
To be continued...

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