organizational and professional development GAP BRIDGING®
The intent of Gap Bridging is simple: boost productivity and mitigate risk by bridging the skills gap. To measure this gap, we assess the feasibility, risk incurred, production levels, organizational infrastructure and team dynamics, member skills and subject matter expertise required of each engagement. Based upon our findings, we develop a hands on learning curriculum that simultaneously broadens the existing knowledge base and shortens the deliverable time line.
The impetuous to create Gap Bridging stems from what is arguably an incorrect market focus to improve product and staff development. Practices like Scrum, Lean and DevOps are touted as the de facto way of boosting productivity. Unfortunately, all too often the focus of organizations is on adhering to the rules of these development practices than on product requirements. Moreover, none of them account for creativity, employee morale, knowledge silos, poor communication channels and individual versus team improvements. Gap Bridging addresses all these facets.
Software development cannot be likened to a sports team that hacks its way to winning or where each team member is responsible for only a handful of tasks. When developing embedded systems or transactional software as an example, lives or fortunes may be at stake. Ignorance is not bliss especially in a court of law when being sued because too much attention was given to learning new technologies or adhering to a generic development practice than to addressing all the business requirements and product development risks. Gap Bridging is a mature production management engineering system that puts the focus on developing efficient, tested, highly reliable and maintainable products.
What is Gap Bridging®pairing requisite expertise with production demands
Gap Bridging is an elite production enhancement tool, applying U.S. military concepts i.e. organized, detailed, comprehensive, with sound adult learning theory. By assessing skill and knowledge gaps, detailing organizational structure and communication channels and documenting individual and team responsibilities, the gap bridging methodology identifies and addresses any and all Information Technology production deficiencies.
Whether you intend on migrating from one system to another, integrating new software, designing and developing a new application, gap bridging will be a tremendous benefit as it pairs the requisite expertise needed to successfully move forward.
Why employ Gap Bridging®boost productivity/decrease risk
When an employee does not know their responsibilities, does not possess the skills needed to do their work, feels lost in the organizational structure, they become stressed. If you do not think that this will adversely impact your company, no matter how large, think again.
Continued high development demands within inordinately short timelines are a byproduct of a misunderstanding of the team's capabilities and knowledge. Most musical groups wish that they too could be as great as the Beatles but only guarantee their failure when expecting success overnight. It is not just because music can be easily downloaded for the huge downturn in revenue in the music industry.
Well trained, highly knowledgeable staff are more efficient than the alternative and have a direct impact on development and maintenance costs.
Nothing boosts commitment like training: not an increase in salary nor more vacation time.
If employees are penalized for what they do not know or what they may have done incorrectly, they are more than likely unwilling to speak up when something is not working.
When employees have a clear understanding of their job responsibilities/roles, are provided with guidance, know the appropriate communication channels, see themselves as an integral and necessary part of something, and appreciate the risks of non-participation, a team has been formed.
How is Gap Bridging® Practicedassess and bridge the skills/knowledge gaps