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Java Developers Say Skills Management Would Increase Their Productivity by 25%

Developers in the 50K member JavaBlackBelt community made their opinions known in a just-released survey on Java skills mgmt

Developers in the 50K member JavaBlackBelt community made their opinions known in a just-released survey on Java skills management – it’s quite revealing. Most noteworthy, developers estimated that their Java teams would be 25% more productive if their management committed to skills management. It's reasonable to say that represents a sizable/practical/immediate opportunity.

Details of the full findings:


-- Over 75% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Java skills assessment is important to the success of their projects.


-- As to why skills assessment was important, the top answer was productivity – labeled an important benefit by 85% of respondents, followed by targeted training with 80% of respondents, hiring the right talent with 70%, career development and proper staffing tied with 65%, and more clarity in performance reviews with 60%.


-- On the quantitative impact on productivity, respondents said thatthe productivity of their team would increase by an average of 25% if their management committed to skills management.


-- Regarding JavaBlackBelt, about 90% agreed or strongly agreed that JavaBlackBelt’s service is a useful skills assessment tool and that they are satisfied with the service.


-- Nearly 60% or more agreed or strongly agreed that the JavaBlackBelt service was the best Java skills assessment tool available to them (while only 7% disagreed), that their organization would be more productive if more of their developers used JavaBlackBelt, and that their management should know more about JavaBlackBelt.


-- The advantages of JavaBlackBelt over alternatives for skills assessments were led by online availability – selected by over 90% of respondents; lower-cost, more up-to-date questions, more comprehensive questions, and more a engaging service tied with about 80% or more each; and higher-quality questions and more frequent assessments each had 65%.


The full questions and results of the survey are available at www.globalforcedirect.com/javablackbelt-member-survey and www.javablackbelt.com.


Visitors are also welcome to suggest topics and questions for the next JavaBlackBelt survey, which will seek views on which Java skills are the most valuable in today’s job market.



More Stories By Anthony Flynn

Successful, innovative marketing/sales executive in technology industries with 20 years experience helping companies grow revenue and win markets. Served as CMO and a VP Global Sales for $400M software provider. Also, owned and ran a management consulting company that serviced high-tech CEOs, and was top performer at two start-ups that reached IPO and grew to revenue of $100MM and $800M. Major contributions in the following industries during high-growth phases: Architectural and Engineering Services and Software, GIS, Electronic Design Automation. Degree in Math with minors in EE and CS. Now leading US and Indian efforts for JavaBlackBelt, a global leader in Java skills management with over 50,000 members.