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Why we need to break new ground in our project

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Through digitization and disruptive innovations, permanent learning has become the most important prerequisite for the future viability of companies.

Tailor-made and efficient training and further education is crucial to success and contributes significantly to employee motivation and retention.

However, many of the common learning concepts do not fit the dynamics, networking or mobility of the new world of work. Learning in the professional environment must therefore be thought through comprehensively and multidimensionally. For this reason, QualityMinds has developed the QualityLearning approach that combines agility with the latest findings of learning research.

Especially in the environment of software development and software testing, new and effective learning methods are indispensable. The decisive factor for this is not only the rapidly advancing digitalization, but also the constantly increasing demands on the software itself.

The solution of that problem is a targeted, flexible, multidimensional, comprehensive and networked approach in which adaptivity, individualization, practice and demand orientation are the fundamental supporting elements of our project. It enables tailor-made and scalable solutions that can profitably combine the individuality of each learner with the overarching requirements of the training content, and it provides the suitable offer for every dimension and level:

• Individual learning: agile learning and learning coaching (on demand, demand-oriented, self-regulated)

• Team-related, collaborative learning: agile teaching and team learning coaching, e.g. in learning Scrum teams (iterative, transparent, coordinated)

• Company-wide learning: Agile teaching and learning settings, learning concepts and learning culture design (innovative, adaptive, scalable)

The QualityMinds agile teaching approach is fundamental to our entire training concept.

Particularly, the training offer in the field of software testing is not tailored to the needs of the market nor diverse target groups. So far, there are no degrees nor Vocational Education and Training studies in software testing. There are numerous short trainings, usually focused on very specific subject, and carried out in large groups of students with intensive theory sessions. In this type of training the student is overloaded with huge amounts of information and without considerations for individual learning preconditions. What is more, this training is not adapted for those who do not have any prior experience or a STEM background. Therefore, the results are limited, and do not bring a newcomer up-to-speed on software testing as much as it should. Agile teaching starts right here and consistently focuses on the individuality of learners and their specific needs. Based on a central principle of the Agile Manifesto, one could formulate: “Learners and their individual needs are more important than the compilation of content.” This does not mean that the content is not important. However, it is more important to know the needs and prerequisites of individuals in order to select suitable content using this information and to create a needs-based offer of learning materials from it.

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