While certainly traveling is something that I enjoy when I am not working, in this case, I get to do both. Building off of prior training classes held in Finland, I am training our Austrian division–located in beautiful Graz–on a new web application currently in development. As part of all of my training classes, I conduct pre- and post-training review sessions to gather statistical information on the effectiveness of the courses and the use of the software. I find that openness in a company is far more effectiveness than hiding data, so I post the results of each class internally. Certainly, one of the benefits of working at a company like Kumera is the ability to dictate your own projects and collaborate with colleagues without really any difficulty.
The main challenges are trying to organize the information and there is a significant amount. What I do is just keep it simple and focused. For example, throughout the development of this project, bug tracking and fixes were typically delivered by email. While easy to do, trying to keep track and ensure the data is available to everyone is far more difficult. We just setup a small VM containing Redmine, packaged by Bitnami, to help us keep track of all of the bugs found in this project and future projects. With a clear target in the next few months, we can eliminate almost all bug requests by email and reduce the amount of time spent managing bugs and just fix them.
The next target will be organizing the training material for the new and existing employees.