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PRO SESSION: Developer Training Is Broken. Here's How We Fix It

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Mark Lassoff
Framework Television, Founder

Over 1,000,000 people have learned digital coding and design from Mark Lassoff.

Mark and his company, Framework Television, have taught people web and mobile development online, in the corporate classroom and in secondary schools across the country.

Framework Television produces a post-cable television network that focuses on digital skills which such as web and mobile development. The company also produces online video courses on technology for those who want a more formalized learning experience.

Previous to founding Framework, Mark started several companies in the Austin, Texas area and continues to promote entrepreneurship and computer science. He is an in-demand speaker and has traveled the world to teach programming techniques and technologies. Mark has authored eight books on programming. He was named to the 40 under 40 in both Austin, Texas and Hartford, CT. In 2017, Mark was awarded the prestigious eLearning Guild Guildmaster Award.

Mark, and Framework Television, are based in Fairfield, Connecticut.


A constant refrain among leaders in development is that while there are innumerable candidates for any given job, finding someone with the right skills is often impossible. Developers blame HR for recruiting the wrong candidates. New recruits are difficult to ramp up to productivity and many don't work out at all. The recruiting and hiring cycle lengthens and no one is happy.

The problem, however, is not with individual recruitment pools, HR policies, or company geography. The real problem is with an ecosystem for training developers that is broken on every level.

With everything from University programs producing degreed computer scientists to boot camps graduating "full-stack" developers within weeks, one might think that filling developers' roles was easy-- But the plethora of contemporary training opportunities have only added complexity and noise to the milieu.

In this session, award-winning online instructor Mark Lassoff, will discuss the problems endemic in developer training and make suggestions that any company can implement to start fixing the problems. Lassoff has taught over 1.5 million developers online and thoroughly understand the upsides and limitations of the current training models.

After this session, you will be better equipped to recruit, onboard, and retain entry-level developers. You will also be better positioned to advocate for industry-level change so that there is a better match between those completing training and the opportunities awaiting them.