Training Your Team with Steve Lipton

In this episode, Leo talks with Steve Lipton of MakeAppPie about how to maintain your staff’s skill level when it comes to iOS Development and Swift.

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Why Training Is Important

  • What is the Red Queen Dilemma?
  • What's the difference between Coding and Programming
  • Why knowing your customer's needs helps your training be better focused
  • The significance of Soft Skills too
  • Why you should invest in your current employees rather than hiring new employees
  • When consultants and trainers make the most sense
  • Building Good Documentation

What Makes For Good Training Material

  • Make sure the pattern and style matches yours
  • Good production quality
  • Make sure it's readable!
  • Make sure your audience understands - Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Make sure it sticks

Creating Good Training Videos

How to Judge Good Training Material Online

  • How many video do they have?
  • Watch the welcome video
  • Good series of tracks
  • Good organization

Specific Challenges with Xcode and Swift

  • Dealing with constant changes and updates (i.e. Xcode)
  • Understand updates are part of the workflow
  • Patterns are more stable then APIs (i.e. Reactive Programming vs Combine)
  • Apple's Character Arcs
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